Opinion Archive

Serving county in Ohio House has been gratifying, humbling

By Joe Uecker I have been fortunate to serve parts of Clermont County in the Ohio House of Representatives for eight years now. The experience has been gratifying and humbling, to say the least. Beginning next year, I will start working in a different capacity—the Ohio Senate. Before I begin my new venture, I want [ Read More ]

An auctioneer’s dream

By George Brown Twas four days before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring except a little Mayan Mouse. He was a strange little fellow – all clad in red, Except for a yellow sombrero that sat on his head.   I watched for a moment, as he seemed in a [ Read More ]

Thoughts in the aftermath of a great tragedy

By Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg In the aftermath of the unfathomable tragedy in Connecticut last week I felt it was appropriate and important for me as Sheriff to offer some thoughts. What happened on Friday was a wake-up call that rung loud and clear throughout our country and county that what happened in the placid [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
The season of giving is upon us

By Dr. Dan Meakin Every year at this time, I like to remind pet lovers that as fun as it is to wrap gifts for our pets, it doesn’t hurt to expand the idea of giving. After all, your pet hasn’t been dreaming of this year’s hottest gift, and he won’t be disappointed if he [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Urban foresters help pick the right street trees

By Steve Boehme What is an “urban forester”? In Ohio, our Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) created a program to promote trees to enhance the quality of life in our cities and villages. This includes a staff of regional urban foresters, experts in the specialty of planting and maintaining trees in cities and towns, who [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You’ll enjoy reading ‘Time for Kids: That’s Strange But True’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your friends all think you’re weird. And maybe they have a point. You love knowing about eerie things, you can’t get enough oddness, and anything that’s disgusting is pretty cool in your book. If something’s very different, you want to see it as soon as possible… which is kinda weird. And you [ Read More ]

Yes, George, there is a Santa Claus

By George Brown It happened 60 years ago this week, but I still remember the disappointment I experienced that winter day in December 1952, as if it happened yesterday. It was morning recess and my first grade buddy, Terry, and I were talking about what we hoped Santa would bring us for Christmas. I wanted [ Read More ]

Was 2012 election a turning point?

By Paul Schwietering In 2012, for the first time in decades, issues of economic fairness were pivotal to a national election. The Republican nominee for president, Willard “Mitt” Romney, had been CEO of a “venture capital” firm and faced harsh criticism for what the apologists for such firms describe as the “outsourcing” of American jobs. [ Read More ]

Miscommunication could cost families up to $3,700 next year

By Sherrod Brown Good communication is important, and poor communication can be costly. Unfortunately, miscommunication between Washington and Ohio could cost families in Wilmington and Orville up to $3,700 next year. As the New Year quickly approaches, it’s critical that Ohio families are aware of the unclaimed tax refunds that may be owed to them [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
‘Topping’ is a death sentence for trees

By Steve Boehme Large, mature trees often interfere with utility lines, block important views, grow too close to buildings or crowd neighboring trees. Very often trees are planted without considering their final mature size, and this can lead to many problems including the cost of “topping” as the trees grow. Topping, also referred to as [ Read More ]

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