Expert Opinions


By Dr. Peter Schramm

My mother - now moving towards 88 - hasn't been to a movie in over ten years, yet she insisted on seeing Lincoln.  I was delighted to go to a movie with Mom, happy to see every seat taken, and even more delighted to hear the applause at the end of it.  I'd never been to a movie which brought forth spontaneous and heart-felt applause.  And it was deserved.  This is a first-class movie and its two-and-a-half hours went by unnoticed.



Memo to Washington:

Lower Tax Rates = More Tax Dollars


by Thomas W. Harvey, DBA
Associate Professor of Finance – Ashland University
President and CEO – The Foundation for Ethics in Financial Education



By Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga

This op-ed column, written by Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga, associate professor of political science, appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 9, 2012.

In 2016, the Republican Party will face a strange situation. Democrats will have an obvious nominee for president (Hillary Clinton), but Republicans won’t. It’ll be the first time in 16 years.


By Dr. John Moser

By John Moser, Associate Professor of History
This op-ed column appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.



By Michael Schwarz, assistant professor of history
This op-ed column was published in The Columbus Dispatch on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.

There may not be a silver lining in every dark cloud, but it often seems that way in American politics. The outgoing 111th Congress, which a majority of American voters has judged to be one dark storm cloud, leaves behind it at least one silver lining: As a result of its actions, a serious political conversation began.



By Michael Schwarz, assistant professor of history
This op-ed column was published in The Columbus Dispatch on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.

Recent incidents involving pat-downs and full-body scanners at airports have generated considerable controversy. Some believe, in the name of security, that travelers should view these measures as minor and necessary inconveniences. Others insist that they have been asked to surrender too many of their rights in exchange for the false promise of safety.


By Dr. David Foster

This commentary appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 30, 2011.



This commentary appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

Ronald Reagan, were he still living, would celebrate his 100th birthday today. Yet even the decades that have elapsed since his presidency have not been able to dim the affection people feel for him. The longer he is gone, the more he is esteemed. Indeed, that esteem is now so widespread that even those who notoriously abused Reagan while he lived find themselves unable to deny his greatness or to resist the impulse to sing his praises.


By Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga

This column appeared in the Jan. 11, 2011, issue of USA Today.

The heat is on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Everyone these days seems to want him to step aside and make way for the democratic revolution.

OUR VIEW: Egypt triumphs over tyranny



This op-ed column appeared in the Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, edition of the Columbus Dispatch.

Much has happened in Washington recently, most of it good. I do not refer to the details of the debt-reduction agreement but to the change it signifies. The logistics of turning around an aircraft carrier concern me less than the new direction the big boat will face. Changing course is incredibly complicated. But now, I believe, we’re moving toward our target.



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