Opinion Archive

Protecting older adults from abuse and neglect

It is difficult to understand why anyone would abuse or neglect an older person but it happens everyday. At least a half million Adult Protective Service referrals are made each year in the United States to investigate alleged cases of the neglect, abuse, and exploitation of older adults. Experts say this is only half of [ Read More ]

Federal officials yield on the costly replacement of signs

I’ve been working since March to put the brakes on an unfunded federal mandate that would force communities to replace many signs along public roads by 2015. Other signs, including those for street names, would have to be replaced by 2018. On Aug. 30, the U.S. Department of Transportation signaled it would heed warnings from [ Read More ]

Is Mayor Bloomberg blinded by politics?

It’s been widely reported that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned all clergy and prayer at the upcoming ten year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. In my opinion his decision is incomprehensible and disgraceful and is clearly not in the best interest of those families that were impacted by the [ Read More ]

Women are to be loved, not to be understood

I stopped by to see Rick this morning. Rick was our neighbor for many years, but after Edie passed away a few years ago, he moved to a senior living community. Rick is 74 and still gets around pretty well, so it is not surprising that he gets a lot of attention from the ladies. [ Read More ]

President should act on free trade agreements and boost jobs

The fact that the economy is struggling isn’t news to the 529,000 Ohioans searching for work. What might surprise them, however, is that the means to create some 250,000 jobs nationally are just sitting on President Obama’s desk. He has yet to act on several free trade agreements, which have been languishing in the Oval [ Read More ]

The beginning of the Depression sounds all too familiar

It can fairly be said that the United States has faced two great crises in its history. One was the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression. The Depression was caused by a “perfect storm” of factors which combined to produce the most severe economic crisis America ever experienced. A combination of insider trading, [ Read More ]

Allowing more efficient trucks could drive the economy

Serious challenges face our aging interstate highway system. If we are going to reduce congestion and improve safety without increasing taxes or spending, we need to make our existing infrastructure more efficient. I was pleased to join Congressman Michael Michaud in introducing H.R. 763, the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act. Known as SETA, it would [ Read More ]

The vanishing middle class

For the two weeks since the debt ceiling deal was done, the stock market has been on a roller coaster with wild swings up and down every day. In stark contrast to the frantic activity on Wall Street, the rest of the economy seems placid. On July 29, the Commerce Department released data showing the [ Read More ]

Senior transportation allows many to live at home

Each year the Clermont Senior Services vans drive over three quarters of a million miles. This year we are on track to provide nearly 70,000 trips, taking older adults to medical and other appointments that allow them to continue living at home. Transportation is one of the most important services we provide. Getting where you [ Read More ]

Smog is harmful to everybody

By Loren Koehler When a smog alert is issued, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “Will the protective membranes in my nose and throat swell?” “Will I have red, itchy eyes?” “Will my working lung capacity will decrease?” Chances are, probably not. But those questions are issues that could arise when smog levels [ Read More ]

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