Opinion Archive

Rick Houser:
If you wait, you will get it

Although I have no more than a high school diploma to show and I am very proud to have it, I have always admired those who continued to obtain higher degrees and did so against great odds. To be honest I never had to leave my home to observe what can be done if the [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Why signing Joe Mixon was a good move for the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals recently signed running back Joe Mixon, a former Oklahoma standout. While attending college, Mixon created much controversy after punching a woman in the face and breaking her jaw. The disturbing act was caught on video and went viral. Social media sources and Bengals fans came out of the woodwork to criticize Mixon [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker:
Kathy at Burke Park

Burke Park mixes small town charm, school athletics, and nature into one great place for a hardy walk, run, or bicycle ride.  Located at 120 N. Main St., Bethel, Ohio 45106, it is easy to find, and a pleasure to explore.  The park is a nicely landscaped area, full of large trees, an outdoor stage, basketball [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
A book about dinosaurs and dads with emotion

You are the bravest kid you know. Nothing is scary to you. You sleep in the dark, you cross the street without holding anyone’s hand, you’re not even scared of monsters. Well, okay, maybe that monster thing, but as in the new book “Dad and the Dinosaur” by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat, you’re fine [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
Talking to the other side

I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our political system, and people who don’t. [ Read More ]

Rep. Bran Wenstrup:
Memories on Memorial Day

Many Americans look forward to this weekend as a three-day holiday to kick off the festivities of summertime. There are hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. Family and friends gather around picnic tables. Kids play baseball and there’s ball on the radio. Stores have sales. Pools open. It is a celebration of the [ Read More ]

Sen. Rob Portman:
Remember two Ohio heroes

This past Memorial Day weekend, we gathered together with family and friends to usher in the unofficial start of summer. We did so in peace, security, and freedom. It’s easy to take that for granted. But these blessings are exceptional. They’re not given; they’re earned. They were bought at a price—a price of injuries and [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
How grand it was to reach the top

I attended public school twelve years. Seven years at Moscow and five years at Felicity where I received my diploma that said I had successfully completed all of my required courses. (Sounds pretty impressive don’t it?) Well here is where I’m going to tell the truth. I didn’t care for school. I always felt it [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Remembering Jim Bunning

As a lifelong professional baseball fan, I was saddened about the passing of Jim Bunning. Not only was he a Hall of Fame recipient, he was also a local hero. Jim Bunning grew up in Southgate, Kentucky, which is a stone throw away from Cincinnati. He is the only MLB Hall of Famer to become [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
The perfect book for reading on your ‘day off’

Zzzzzzzzzip. That was the sound of your last weekend as it passed by, but it probably doesn’t matter anyhow: it was packed with work, To-Dos and obligations, kid’s sports, and more work. Sometimes, you wonder why you even bother. You might as well just go to the office – but first, read “The Weekend Effect” [ Read More ]


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