Opinion Archive

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Wonder’ will have you wondering what’s next

The truth was bent a little bit. Okay, so it was actually mangled. Warped beyond anything that might remotely be real. Wrapped up in a colossal “liar-liar-pants-on-fire” conflagration. The truth was nowhere near the lie you told to save face, to save feelings, or as in the new novel “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue, to [ Read More ]

GARTH SHANKLIN
Loss to Steelers shows NFL, Bengals with work to do

I don’t usually like it when people call out referees. It’s a tough job, regardless of the sport. You have to know the rule book inside and out (in theory) and apply it while the action on the field, court or whatever is moving quicker than most people can follow even with the help of [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Unlock the Weird’ with newest ‘Ripley’s edition

School has started, and you’ve got it all locked down. You know your class schedule, who your teachers are, who assigns the most homework, and who takes the best notes. You even know where your locker is, but before the semester gets any further, why not relax a little and read something fun – something [ Read More ]

TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Thinking about health: Drug prices keep rising with no end in sight

Recently a tweet from Lauren Sausser, a fine health reporter I know in South Carolina, caught my eye. “Crazy drug prices became personal. My dad will start Keytruda regimen on Friday, $15,000 per infusion, once every three weeks indefinitely.” The high cost of pharmaceuticals had hit home! Her 61-year-old father, Jim McCallister, who lives in [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Learn more about Johnson

Like most of my fellow Veterans, I am passionate about my country. I believe in “American Exceptionalism,” and can think of no greater examples than the men and women I was fortunate enough to serve with, as well as the many people from all walks of life I’ve met since who volunteer in our community. [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Of course it will work!

When my wife and I moved into a home on the corner of Felicity Higginsport and Smyrna Roads, we moved from an old farmhouse into a frame ranch style home that was ultra-modern compared to the old brick on Fruit Ridge. First, it had an oil furnace that would blow heat into every room at [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
In memory of Jacob Wettering

After nearly thirty years, the mystery of Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance is over. Jerry and Patty Wetterling have finally learned what happened to their missing son. On Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob, his younger brother and a friend had rode their bikes to a local convenience store to rent a video. Minutes after leaving the store, a [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
When a spud wasn’t a dud

I feel certain that I have written about the big gardens that my parents would put out every year at our farm on Fruit Ridge Road. Since many meals and, most times, large meals were prepared a large amount of a vegetables were planted so a large yield could be anticipated. Mom caned many quarts [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Return of the football widow

The 2016 NFL season officially starts tonight with a rematch between the Broncos and Panthers, who played in last season’s Super Bowl. Not only does America love the NFL, but they also love high school football and college football. Every year, professional football opens on Thursday, high school kids play on Fridays and then college [ Read More ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
The truth behind the Zika funding delays

Fears are rising as the Zika virus has become a national concern. Nearly three months ago, my colleagues and I in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to help combat the virus, which is borne by mosquitos and can cause serious birth defects and other conditions if contracted during pregnancy. Yet Americans are [ Read More ]


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