Opinion Archive

RICK COMBS
Automobile break-ins

Over the past month or so Goshen Police, like many other communities, have reported about a dozen or so break-Ins of automobiles. Traditionally about 20 per- cent of our crime [here] and other communities, locally result from what officers call the “Smash and Grab “. It seems around the Holidays our cases increase and then [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Biography includes stories from King’s childhood

Leaders come from surprising places. The quiet girl that sits the next row over may know how to inspire people. The know-it-all in your class could own a business in the future. The kid everybody picks on might become President. But in the new book “Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King by Kathleen [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
The truth about getting bloodwork for your pets

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 and family members. Pets, unlike ailing humans, are masters at hiding signs of illness for [ Read More ]

Is America ready for a 2016 presidential media circus?

By Marc Hoover According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a study suggested that Ohioans are disenchanted with today’s political scene. Voters may not think any of the potential candidates have America’s best interests at heart. Americans are facing challenging times, and we need answers. For instance, two major challenges are immigration and gun control. From now [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Ohio’s Public Records Act

By Paul Pfeifer In 1963 the Ohio legislature enacted the first version of Ohio’s Public Records Act. The simple philosophy behind the act was that public records are the people’s records. Over the years, we – the Ohio Supreme Court – have reviewed numerous cases dealing with the question of what is public record, including [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Making time pass during winter

By Rick Houser When I was a little boy and the world was in the deepest part of winter the days could become very long and boring on our farm on Fruit Ridge. Almost any day when the weather was decent enough to allow me to play outside I could always find something to occupy [ Read More ]

TRACI BRUCKNER
Gearing up for the big fight

By Traci Bruckner Center for Rural Affairs Crop insurance is an important and necessary component of an effective farm safety net. However, it is a very complex program that will work more effectively with much-needed, commonsense reforms. Under current law, we are subsidizing crop insurance at an average rate of 62 percent on every acre [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Where We Belong’ helps readers see possibilities

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You have to be somewhere today. There’s no hurry or schedule to follow, but you must get there on time. You don’t have a map or itinerary and the destination might be a surprise but once you arrive, as happens in the new book “Where We Belong” by Hoda Kotb (with Jane [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Storage bins and tax appeals

The Metamora Elevator Company owns eight acres of land in Fulton County that contains grain silos, storage bins, tanks, and buildings used to process and store grain. When Metamora challenged the assessed value of the property for tax purposes, the challenge eventually made its way before us – the Ohio Supreme Court. In March 2010, [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Portman opposes equal pay

Dear Editor: As we prepare to welcome a new year, it is important to remember Ohio families and the women who work so hard to provide for their families. Here in Ohio, women earn just 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. This is what we call the wage gap. The wage gap has [ Read More ]


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