Opinion Archive

Those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public [ Read More ]

The attic room

All the talking about the family farm and the one piece I have mostly left out was our house. Yes the house. Only the heart and brain of a farm’s operations. I have touched on the kitchen often but stop pedthere. Well now is the time to try to explain the Houser homestead. From all [ Read More ]

Is Obama’s initiative creating genderless public schools?

Friday the 13th is usually a day where we have to fear those fictitious creatures that live in our nightmares. However, public schools had a real nightmare last Friday. Teachers and school administrators are already tasked with educating our children and working under scrutiny, but Ohio school officials will now have to address an initiative [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Nelson weaves laughs, life in ‘Dear County’

The rain – or lack thereof – just about destroyed your plants a year or three ago. Seems the weather’s always wrong, prices are lower than they need to be, and there’s always a hole in some fence somewhere. Still, you’d never have it any other way, so read “ Dear County Agent Guy” by [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Flea anemia is dangerous

It is hard to imagine that something as tiny as a flea could be dangerous. We all know that fleas can make pets itch. Some of us are all too familiar with the spectacular skin inflammation in a flea-bite allergic pet but many people forget that fleas drink blood and that lots of fleas can [ Read More ]

Let’s reduce the national debt

Dear editor, It is not often that I see an article by a Republican in Congress that makes a valid point (or, for that matter, contains any truth) but Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s article in the May 5 Clermont Sun does make a valid point. The 9 percent of the budget that goes for interest payments [ Read More ]

Moscow reunion is on May 21

Dear editor: ‘Tis time to think about our ole school days and to meet-and-greet old classmates at our annual alumni dinner. Moscow High School should be in Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not book; it has a thriving alumni association having survived without its beloved school that closed in l959. Once again ole classmates will meet for a time [ Read More ]

Reasons why siblings are our best friends

If you are an only child, then you didn’t have to share your toys or worry about receiving hand-me-downs from older siblings. But if you did have siblings, you know all about fighting over hot water, food, living space, TV and fair treatment from your parents. So what is it about our siblings? We often [ Read More ]

I felt I was a good flunky

Looking back on my days growing up it seemed like there was something to be done every single day of the year. If we weren’t farming in the fields or working with the livestock we might be helping Dad with trustee business, such as spreading sand and salt on the township roads when it had [ Read More ]

It’s getting harder to govern, and it’s not just the politicians’ fault

We may not know who our next president is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the president speaks for a broad coalition of Americans who are willing to set aside their differences on [ Read More ]

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