Opinion Archive

SHERROD BROWN
Treating increasing opiate addiction in Ohio communities

By Sherrod Brown Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘A Wolf Called Romeo’ is a book animal-lovers will enjoy

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your dog just can’t get enough of “catch.” Yes, he has plenty of toys, and just picking one up incites a glint-eyed round of the game. Nothing, apparently, is better than snatching something from the air. He’d play til he dropped, if you’d let him. Some dogs love a ball. Some dogs [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Can your cat get heartworm? The answer may surprise you

By Dr. Dan Meakin The answer is an unequivocal yes but the feline situation is vastly different from the canine situation. While it is true that the feline infection is not as common as the canine infection, the feline infection has recently been found to be a much more widespread problem than previously believed. In [ Read More ]

BICENTENNIAL
The boys leave for ‘Over There’

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 Batavia in the late 1800s had four manufacturing machine shops, two foundries, a brick [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A pilgrim’s visit to Rooks Hollow

By George Brown Feeling much in need of clearing the cobwebs from my mind, early last Friday morning I embarked on a 10 mile loop hike at East Fork State Park. I began at the Corps of Engineer’s visitors center by the dam. I won’t lie to you, my midpoint destination was the home of [ Read More ]

DOUG GREEN
House Bill 488 sets veterans up for success

By Doug Green Last month, Governor Kasich signed into law House Bill 488, legislation that significantly and positively benefits servicemen and women. The bill allows such individuals to gain college or vocational credit from military training and experience. Each and every day the men and women in the United States Armed Forces receive diverse and [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

By Sherrod Brown To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax. This practice, which occurs across [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Hard Choices’ isn’t bad, isn’t great and probably isn’t going to change your mind

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your mind may already be made up. Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you’d like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you’ve decided. Was it difficult [ Read More ]

STEVE BOEHME
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 ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
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 ]


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