Opinion Archive

‘Junkyard Planet’ will show you where recyclables go

This will probably be the last year for your old Christmas lights. You’ve noticed that the bulbs are half burned-out and replacements are hard to find these days. Besides, you’d really rather have those newfangled lights anyhow; they’re energy efficient and they look nicer. You’re going to recycle those old twinklers because it’s the right [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Composting for the lazy gardener

For experienced gardeners, good compost is worth its weight in gold. There’s nothing healthier for your plants than rich black compost, but for most gardeners the only way to get compost is to buy it. We sell amazing amounts of compost and soils in our garden center, evidence that many gardeners aren’t making their own. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Important holiday safety guidelines for your pet

Be careful how you deck your halls! The holiday season is generally a time of family togetherness in which even our pets participate. One’s thoughts generally are far from thoughts of injury; however, one must be aware of some important seasonal hazards in order to insure a happy holiday season. Ribbons and Tinsel These are [ Read More ]

Protecting Ohio children

Last week, I traveled to schools around the state to hear from students, nurses, parents, and health professionals about what severe allergic reactions can mean when they occur unexpectedly in a classroom, playground, or sports field. These severe allergic reactions – known as anaphylaxis – can occur within minutes of exposure to any allergen. The [ Read More ]

Plumpy Nut puts holiday season in perspective

It is not my intent to throw a wet blanket on your holiday festivities, but after hearing me out I think you will agree it is good to be reminded of how blessed we are to live in America, however humble our individual circumstances may seem. We are now in the midst of the great [ Read More ]

The people will build

Batavia will celebrate its bicentennial year in 2014, 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 written in 1964, and contemporaneous references relate to that time. By Rosanna Hoberg One of the first brick homes [ Read More ]

Ohioans speak for themselves about Obamacare problems

By Rob Portman During my time in the Senate, I have used this space to speak to the people of Ohio about the issues that our state and our nation are facing, and how we are working to address those problems in Washington. But this week, I want to let the people of Ohio speak [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
The holidays are a season of giving, but for dog lovers ‘Dogs of Christmas’ is worth giving up time

This Christmas, you’re giving up a lot. You’re giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You’re giving up money to make sure the best gifts are beneath that tree on Christmas morning. You’re giving up time to bake, decorate, send cards, maybe even volunteer. You’re giving up a lot this Christmas, [ Read More ]

Batavia’s school buildings: Part 2

The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes concerning the Village of Batavia pursuant to next year’s bicentennial celebration. Historian Richard Crawford tells here about the school buildings in the village. By Richard Crawford Last week, we recounted the history of the Batavia school buildings downtown on Broadway, up until the decision to [ Read More ]

In my next life, I want to come back as a dog

Yes, a dog, and not just any dog. I want to be Yvonne’s dog. I can’t think of any next life experience that could be more enjoyable than being Yvonne’s beloved little Georgie-poo. If you could see the way Yvonne treats Lily, our golden retriever-border collie mix, you would understand. Oops, did I say, “Our [ Read More ]

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