Opinion Archive

A friendly encounter with Old Hook at Dry Tortugas

By George Brown This week I’m writing from South Florida where I’m winding down an 11 day road trip that included stops at historic Saint Augustine and three National Parks – Biscayne Bay, Everglades, and Dry Tortugas. Each of these parks is memorable in its own way but Dry Tortugas was clearly the most memorable [ Read More ]

Separation of church and state?

By Randy Conover Our Founding generation was generally very concerned about the powers being granted to the new Federal government, and thus sought to strongly limit it within the Constitution. When Thomas Jefferson became our nation’s 3rd President in 1801, he received a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association expressing concerns over the potential loss [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Astray’ was good, didn’t last long enough

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The lady in the picture was wearing the biggest scowl you’d ever seen. The photo was taken long ago and it made you wonder what happened that day to make her so snarly. Was there a death, lost crops, an accident, bad weather, or did the photographer make her angry? You’ll never [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Connecting our children with nature

By Steve Boehme Do you worry that your children or grandchildren are slipping out of touch with the natural world? You have intelligent company. In his book Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv directly links childhood obesity, ADD and depression to the lack of nature in [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Senior pets need special care to address problems

By Dr. Dan Meakin Senior pets are the best! You know them well, they know you even better, and they are worth their weight in gold for these reasons. They’re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long as possible. Appropriate health care can add years to the life of [ Read More ]

A backpack adventure with a cat named Odie

By George Brown We found kitty helpless and alone under a construction trailer at the Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing site on a sunny Saturday afternoon last April. Yvonne suggested we take the kitty home – “Just until it is old enough to be adopted by a nice older person who can give it a good home,” [ Read More ]

Batavia has had a banner year

By John Thebout The Village of Batavia will celebrate the 200th year of its incorporation next year, and the Village Council and I are determined to make the bicentennial year a celebration of new beginnings. The past year saw major strides for Batavia as we worked towards a renewal of the Clermont County seat. We [ Read More ]

Thoughts on our response to the massacre at Sandy Hook

By Len Harding Read an article in Sunday’s (29 Dec 2012) Enquirer Local section regarding security in the schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre. There are numerous suggestions in there to address the problem of unarmed school children sitting in classrooms. None of them addressed curbing violence in society or limiting gun [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Hollywood Myths’ offers several nuggets but most won’t find it anything special

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It’s only because of special effects. That’s one of the things that enters your mind when you’re watching a movie. Humans can’t fly. They don’t usually live in luxurious spaceships, meet only pretty girls, transport through walls, drive magic cars, or turn into werewolves. Nifty tricks, no doubt, thanks to a first-class [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Enjoy some winter reading for gardeners

By Steve Boehme Nature’s Guide to Successful Gardening and Landscaping by William Flemer III explains how design should be guided by an understanding of plant habitat, and has sections on the various types of gardens and how to install them. Another excellent read is Janice Doherty’s “A Calendar Year of Horticultural Therapy – How Tending [ Read More ]

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