Opinion Archive

Weekend Walker:
At Serpent Mound

(Editor’s Note: The print version of this story in the Sept. 14 edition of the newspaper incorrectly titled this column, “Weekend Walker: At Serpent Mountain.” Our sincere apologies for the error.) If you’d like to soak up some ancient culture with your nature walk, you can’t ask for more than a visit to Serpent Mound [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Should Bengals fans panic?

Last week, the Baltimore Ravens humiliated the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium by a lopsided 20-0 score. Tonight the Bengals have a chance to redeem themselves by hosting and defeating the Houston Texans who also lost last week 29-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans may even start rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Both teams [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
My desire was to be Hercules

As we grow up we see hero characters such as Superman and Davey Crockett who we want to be just like. I was no exception. When I was about fourteen years old there was a series of movies most often shown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when little was on the television to watch. The [ Read More ]

Rep. Brad Wenstrup:
16 years later…

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.” In his address to a nation in shock after the terrorist attacks on September 11, President George W. Bush invoked these powerful words of peace from Psalm 23. He told the millions watching around [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
The various anxiety disorders

Anxiety is the most common condition for which people seek counseling. Symptoms include excessive worry, nervousness, muscle tension, fatigue, sleep disturbance, irritability, uncertainty about the future, or feeling angst or fear about a real or imagined threatening event or situation. People seek help when they can’t manage the symptoms on their own, or they notice [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
A boring book? Not quite

Pay attention! Bet you heard that plenty when you were younger. Look up here, listen to me, watch this, eyes forward. Eventually, it sunk in: you kept your eyes open, your mouth closed, and you are the better person for it… aren’t you? Peep this, pay attention – or, as in the new book “Bored [ Read More ]

Letter to the Editor:
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – A Time to Remember

Dear Editor, On September 15, Americans across the nation will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day – a day to recognize the service and sacrifice of Veterans who were Prisoners of War or listed as Missing in Action. Of the millions of American soldiers who have served our country in past wars – World War II, [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
Who needs to step up?

An interesting thing keeps happening to me. Every few days, someone — an acquaintance, a colleague, even a stranger on the street — approaches me. They ask some version of the same question: What can we do to pull ourselves out of this dark period? For the many Americans who respect representative democracy, the Constitution, [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
A big lesson learned

When the beginning of a school year rolls around I always go back to my year in the seventh grade. This might possibly have been the most eventful year in the twelve years I attended school. This was my last year to go to school at Moscow and of course my thought and emotions about [ Read More ]

Rep. Brad Wenstrup:
A nation that dreams

The year was 1980. A man stood on a platform before a crowd, and spoke words that would reverberate across a generation. “For the first time in our memory,” he said, “many Americans are asking: does history still have a place for America, for her people, for her great ideals? There are some who answer [ Read More ]


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