Opinion Archive

Why fake news is dangerous

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake internet news, he’d have said the same thing – except maybe with more pointed words. [ Read More ]

There were always haircuts

As far back as my memory will allow the need to have my hair cut has always been there and was always taken care of. As a boy the style of the buzz haircut seemed to be the most popular. My thought as to that was that dad ordered a pair of electric clippers (probably [ Read More ]

Voters say no!

The mayor and council of the village of Bethel reenacted the income tax that voters repealed by over 61 percent. The ink of the repeal wasn’t even dry when, in special session, council reinstated it over the express objections of the voters of the village. This village voter thinks that the mayor and council has [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Courage to Soar’ empowers readers

It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle whatever came next, you still felt like you were stepping off into the unknown. It [ Read More ]

What you need to know about choosing your health insurance

Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare as they’ve been vowing to do for several years, that doesn’t mean you should avoid signing up for 2017 insurance coverage. If you’re eligible and need insurance, the state shopping exchanges are open for business even if options [ Read More ]

A fair chance to make coal cleaner

­­­As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This “either/or” schism overlooks a larger point, [ Read More ]

Working to deliver results

The campaign season is finally over. It was spirited this year and the ads were nonstop. And most of us probably won’t miss it. I’m grateful to the people of Ohio for giving me the opportunity to continue representing them in the United States Senate, and I will continue to work hard to earn that [ Read More ]

Bengals’ stockings filled with coal

Since Christmas is only days away, this means the NFL regular season is nearly over. Santa will be delivering playoff berths to the nice teams and coal to the naughty ones. For now, the AFC North has the Steelers and Ravens seeking playoff glory while the Bengals spend the playoffs at home. Another dismal failure [ Read More ]

Find the smoke, find a farmer

Until about a decade ago or maybe longer the scene on the farms of southwestern Ohio and Kentucky changed from seeing the farmer in his fields to having to search for one. From mid-October to late January the farmers work was moved indoors. This was certain if the farmer raised tobacco. The farmers were outside [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You don’t have to be a cat lover to enjoy ‘Bob’

There isn’t much on your Wish List this year. Like last year, there’s nothing you need. Clothes, maybe a sweater. Gewgaws for your hobbies, perhaps, or the start of a new project. Gift cards or money, both are nice, but you mostly want to be with the ones you love. And in the book “A [ Read More ]

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