Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez:
A gorgeous kids book that also makes ‘noise’

Your dad says he can’t work without his sounds. He’s in the kitchen, and the radio is playing. He’s in the garage, and he’s got the stereo on near the workbench. Outside, he brings his boombox. No music, no work. It’s that simple, and in “A Symphony of Cowbells” by Heather Preusser and Eileen Ryan [ Read More ]

Marcy’s Country Table: Refrigerator Blueberry Jam

Haddon Lockyer:
4 Years Comic

This comic strip, “4 Years,” is an almost-weekly series by 11-year-old Haddon Lockyer of Batavia.

Rick Houser:
How the moon landing brought a family together

You know I have talked several times about my family coming together as a family. It is true that we got together often and enjoyed each time immensely. I have covered holidays, and reunions and even birthdays, but there is one gathering that stands out much more than any I have spoken of before. The [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
All pets go to heaven

I recently had a conversation with a friend about pets. We discussed the love we both shared for our pets. We also agreed that we consider our pets significant family members. I shared a story with my friend about my dog Chopper. He wasn’t anything special. He was just a mutt. The only papers he [ Read More ]

Rep. Brad Wenstrup:
Made in America

“Made in America.” Whether these three simple words are stitched inside a pair of jeans or splashed in bold letters across a banner outside a local car dealer, they invoke a sense of pride. It’s almost as if a small piece of our national identity has now taken tangible form. The same pride rings true [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
The rare book with 18-wheels attached to it

From here to there. That’s where you need to move your stuff: from Point A to Point B. Take it out of one place and put it in another, possibly many miles away. And it’s not like you can wiggle your nose or wave a magic wand to do it, either; you need someone who [ Read More ]

Garth Shanklin
Bailey vs. Cueto: The great debate

I have a terrible habit of losing things. Wallets, keys, phone: if you hand it to me, there’s a good chance I’ll be looking for it in the very near future. For instance, on Monday I spent the better part of the morning before heading into the office looking for my wallet. Couldn’t find it [ Read More ]

Haddon Lockyer:
4 Years Comic

This comic strip, “4 Years,” is an almost-weekly series by 11-year-old Haddon Lockyer of Batavia.

Rick Houser:
When the accident delivers the education

A number one rule on the farm is when it is time for a crop to be started or when it is time to harvest the crop that time is so very important to the result of the crop. Probably no crop had to adhere to this rule more than tobacco. When the tobacco plants [ Read More ]


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