Opinion Archive

BICENTENNIAL
Batavia’s trouble with wolves

By Peter A. Barnes “The trouble with wolves,” my grandfather would say, “is that they eat little children.” Wolves were the stuff of fairy tales and fables in my childhood. “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” were stories read to small children, like me, partly as entertainment and partly as a lesson [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Adventures at Blackwater River State Park – Part I

By George Brown Of all the close encounters I’ve had over the years, without a doubt the most frightening of all occurred while hiking at Blackwater River State Park in Florida. Even though it happened over four years ago, the memory of that day remains embedded in my mind as though it happened yesterday. They [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Ohio court deals with union picketing

By Paul Pfeifer When is it an unfair labor practice to picket? That’s the question that we – the Ohio Supreme Court – had to answer in a case involving the employees of the Mahoning County Board of Development Disabilities (“MCBDD”), who are represented by Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities, a public union. MCBDD [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Through national service, we can strengthen our communities

By Sherrod Brown Five years ago this month – during the height of the economic downturn – Democrats and Republicans came together to invest in a bedrock of the American spirit: serving others. Five years later and Ohioans have truly exemplified what it means to serve. 10,000 Ohioans work to improve their local communities by [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Scared Stiff’ is great for the curious

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You are one incredibly brave person. Fearless, actually: that’s you. You take risks, climb high, jump far, and you laugh at safety equipment. You ain’t afraid of anything. Except, well, that one little thing that makes you scream, causes your hands to sweat, gives you nightmares, makes you almost faint. Yeah, except [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Heartworm disease is alive and killing in Clermont County

By Dr. Dan Meakin Dog owners need to take heartworm disease seriously in Clermont county this summer. The disease is becoming increasingly widespread, and threatens any dogs which go outside. The worm that causes the devastating disease is carried from dog to dog by mosquitos. Mild winters give us more mosquitos and therefore greater likelihood [ Read More ]

BICENTENNIAL
President US Grant visited Batavia village

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. The following column first appeared in the Batavia’s 125th anniversary edition of The Clermont Sun and The Clermont Courier in 1939. The editor noted that Minnie Griffith, the writer, was apparently researching in her Aunt’s papers. By [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Ohio court deals with concurrent sentences

By Paul Pfeifer There are times when cases come before us – the Ohio Supreme Court – that have their beginnings many years before we see them. This is such a case. Jerome Thompson pled guilty to aggravated robbery and felonious assault – in 1979. At that time, he was given a sentence of 4 [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Do you, George, take this woman…?

By George Brown As predicted at the end of last week’s column, I was involuntarily sent to the travel trailer (aka “the doghouse”) in our backyard for, as Yvonne put it, “Some time to think.” I prefer camping at a state or national park, but I have (especially since retiring) grown accustomed to these periodic [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Sign up for health care plan before the March 31 deadline

By Sherrod Brown Most people never plan to spend time in the hospital, but sometimes things happen. If you suddenly need medical care but do not have health insurance, you could be stuck paying for the entire bill on your own. With the average cost of a three-day hospital stay exceeding $30,000, it is no [ Read More ]


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