Opinion Archive

From addiction to recovery

By Rob Portman One thing we’ve learned over the years is that we can’t just legislate away the problem of drug abuse. We’ve learned that we can’t keep our kids off drugs through a top-down, one-size-fits-all program. Instead, we have to work from the grassroots up. It takes our communities coming together to implement proven [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘This Haunted House’ will be a favorite of readers who favor the classics

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Everything checked out fine. You made a sweep of the house at bedtime, nothing amiss. Security, check. No problems, check, and you locked the door. Didn’t you? When you jolted awake at three o’dark in the morning, hearing something that wasn’t there, you wondered. Are you alone? Safe? Or, as in the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
The truth about bloodwork

By Dr. Dan Meakin Have you ever wondered why your veterinarian recommends bloodwork on your pet if they aren’t showing signs of illness? This article is designed to demystify that recommendation and help you better understand how important lab work is to our cherished pets. Pets, unlike most humans, are masters at hiding signs of illness [ Read More ]

It’s time to create a new ‘Agenda for the Future’

By George Brown In October 1988 – 25 years ago this month – Ed Parish (Clermont Chamber of Commerce CEO at the time) and Bill Over (public servant and marketing guru), convened a group of community leaders to have a conversation about the future of Clermont County. This meeting resulted in a year-long endeavor that [ Read More ]

Ending the shutdown and working to get back on track

By Sherrod Brown For 16 days, the day-to-day business of processing veterans benefits, approving small business loans, developing cures for deadly diseases, and inspecting food was halted. Why? Our government shut down because one faction, of one party, in one chamber, of one branch of government held the full faith and credit of the United [ Read More ]

Obamacare really has created a death panel

By Len Harding Apparently Obamacare really did create a death panel. Not the one Fox News lied about; something worse. The Republicans decided that the United States must die if they cannot have their way. The Republicans have become America’s Death Panel. Republicans are reacting to the effects of historical developments by desperately trying to [ Read More ]

Preventing the coming national debt crisis

By Rob Portman Over the last 30 years, a debt limit debate has been a time for sober reflection for members of both parties. Raising the debt limit is, by definition, a sign of failure. It means that our government is spending more money than it brings in. That’s where we are today. The federal [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Losing to Win’ is a fluffy-light, refreshing book that romance lovers will also enjoy reading

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It’s always in the last place you looked. You know how it is: you’ve lost something. You look beneath, above, in and out, corners and cabinets. You turn the house upside down but no matter where you look, it’s always in the last place you’d expect to find it. It almost makes [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Being prepared to care for your pet’s health care needs

By Dr. Dan Meakin No one wants to imagine your pet having a health problem. Pets are family members, now more than ever, and we want to be able to care for them in the same manner. Unexpected health issues can spring up, just as with our human family members, and medical expenses can add [ Read More ]

Adventures at our old Kentucky home – Part IV

By George Brown Over the past few weeks I’ve shared an assortment of memories about adventures at our old Kentucky home in Foster, Ky., but best of all is that those were our children’s toddler years. When we backed the U-Haul truck up the lane (which was an adventure in itself) to unload our meager [ Read More ]

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