Opinion Archive

This time was supposed to be different

The most important function Congress serves is to debate and pass the federal budget. I know— it also levies taxes, imposes or relaxes regulations, and once in a while nudges our social, economic or political order in a meaningful way. But the budget tells the government what to do and makes it possible to do [ Read More ]

Can Ohio families afford to lose affordable power?

By Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. Right now, many Ohio families are struggling financially. And as I look around at these families in need, I wonder how many of them are prepared to pay more for their electricity after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements a “Clean Power Plan” plan this summer to reduce carbon dioxide [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Mess’ is entertaining, if not full of advice

Once again, you couldn’t find your keys. You were pretty sure you put them down on the kitchen counter. On top of last weeks’ mail. Which you’d laid next to a shirt you bought on sale in April, breakfast dishes from who-knows-when, five plastic bags, and a dead plant. Yeah, your house is cluttered, but [ Read More ]

Families encouraged to take advantage Sales Tax Holiday

I encourage families with back-to-school shopping on the horizon to take advantage of an opportunity that helps stretch their hard-earned money a little further. Ohio’s first-ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7 through August 9 to help families save on clothes and supplies during the back-to-school season. During the three-day sales tax holiday, [ Read More ]

Fighting to reduce the cost of prescription drugs

Just like Medicare – which celebrated its 50th Anniversary last week – prescription drugs have helped Americans live longer and healthier lives. But for too many Americans, the high cost of prescription drugs forces them to choose between taking their full dosage and putting food on the table or keeping their lights on. And drug [ Read More ]

Giving Ohio tire workers a fair shot

The tire and rubber industry has a proud history in Ohio from Akron to Findlay, and beyond. For over one hundred years, generations of Ohio workers have manufactured the tires that drive America. As I see firsthand when I tour Ohio tire factories, these businesses play a major role in our communities, with sons and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Ally-Saurus’ a good read for kids getting ready to go back to school

By Terri Schlichenmeyer On your first day of school, you become a First Grader. That’s a big step because you also become a scholar, a learner. You’ll be someone who gets good grades and someone who likes recess. You’ll be a kid who makes your family proud. But what if you just wanted to be [ Read More ]

Medicaid proves vital to communities like Clermont Co.

By Pamela B. Morris This week CareSource, Ohio’s largest Managed Care Provider, recognizes the 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare. These programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving economic security. In Clermont County, CareSource has been serving Medicaid members since 2000. Today, there are more [ Read More ]

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation

By Chuck Sulerzyski Those in our community who face hunger aren’t always who you think they are. Hunger can affect anyone, at any stage of life. Did you know 1 in 6 people struggle with having adequate food to eat each day? Everyday people in our community have to choose between buying groceries, paying a [ Read More ]

What people don’t know about career centers

Dear Editor, Too often, Ohio residents have an outdated view of career-technical education (CTE). They imagine vocational schools from decades past and don’t realize that for many years, career centers like Great Oaks Career Campuses, Grant Career Center, the Warren County Career Center and Butler Tech have been cutting-edge schools where students study using state-of-the-art [ Read More ]

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