Opinion Archive

Clearing up the difference between annuals and perennials

By Steve Boehme Many people are confused by the words “annual” and “perennial”. A good way to remember the difference is that perennial starts with “P” just like the word “permanent”. A perennial plant or perennial is a non-woody plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials, especially small flowering plants, grow and bloom [ Read More ]

Solutions to VA problems lie in care and efficiency

By Brad Wenstrup The current Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in disarray. While most of the people that make up the VA system are great Americans, far too many have deviated from scruples at the expense of our veterans and taxpayers. Despite outdated VA technology, too often we’re finding the root cause of dysfunction [ Read More ]

Many good careers are available without a college degree

By Harry Snyder On my way to our Live Oaks campus in Milford today, a radio story discussed the plight of a 2008 college graduate working at a minimum wage job because she couldn’t find work in her chosen career field over the past six years. At Live Oaks, I attended a panel discussion about [ Read More ]

Methuselah, PETA, and a little wine for thy stomach’s sake

By George Brown Not long ago I heard a British scientist on the radio discussing the possibility of people living for hundreds of years, maybe even thousands. He believes this will become possible as miraculous breakthroughs in medical science continue to occur over the coming decades. As I listened I couldn’t help but think of [ Read More ]

Competitive business in a global economy

By Sherrod Brown For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Wellness plans can keep your pet well all year long

By Dr. Dan Meakin One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is through prevention and routine wellness checks. At All Creatures we have developed a wellness program perfect for your pet and your budget.  Some of the details are below, and much more will be on our website and in our hospital [ Read More ]

The end of an era in the village of Batavia

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. The late Rosanna Hoberg, author, was a columnist and reporter for The Clermont Sun. This column was published in 1964. By Rosanna Hoberg By the 1930s, there was a new concrete bridge at the foot of town, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
A tale of a very unusual childhood

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You stopped in the store the other day, and stopped short. In all its electric-colored glory, tie-dye is back. Or maybe it never left, just passed down by Baby Boomers like you who also loved groovy music, an everybody-helps-everybody mentality, and how wonderfully carefree that felt. Ah, the good ol’ days… or [ Read More ]

We have a skills gap in this country

By Rob Portman There’s a skills gap in our country that is preventing unemployed Americans from filling available jobs. Legislation I authored is going to help close that gap. We need it, now more than ever. The policies coming out of Washington aren’t getting the job done for those Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. [ Read More ]

I had a close encounter in Jackson Township

By George Brown I spent most of last week in the trailer. I won’t bother with the details of why except to say it wasn’t my fault. What Yvonne doesn’t know is I don’t mind being sent to the trailer in the summertime. It’s being sent to the trailer in the dead of winter that’s [ Read More ]

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