Opinion Archive

Bookworm Sez
‘His Mistress by Christmas’ will put the jingle back in your bell

You don’t make a lot of demands. This year is the exception. Specifically, if there isn’t a certain little box beneath the tree, there could be trouble. You’re fully expecting it to be there, so it’d better be. It should be wrapped in shiny paper with a gold – no, a silver – bow. And [ Read More ]

Thank goodness for steroidal hydroxopenathene

Well I guess I’m retiring just in time. My poor old eyes are just about worn out. A few weeks ago I began having some difficulty seeing the computer screen. This past week that difficulty erupted into a full blown case of something I’d never heard of before, iritis (pronounced i-right-is). Without getting bogged down [ Read More ]

Supporting Social Security cost of living adjustment increases

Belle is a 90-year old resident of Cuyahoga County who, like so many other seniors, has lived a longer and healthier life because of Medicare and Social Security. But Belle’s income and Social Security benefits barely cover the costs of hearing aids, eye glasses, prescription medications, and rising energy and housing expenses. Simply put, Belle’s [ Read More ]

The decline of ethics in America

The expectations of Americans for individuals and institutions to live up to ethical standards have changed drastically during my lifetime. When I was growing up, the demise of ethical behavior was already starting. In my family we would watch the news every evening. I remember seeing film footage of combat, which we always seemed to [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Kids will really love the illustrations in ‘Musher’s Night’

You’re such a good helper. When Dad’s busy in the kitchen, you’re right there to set the table. If Grandpa needs someone to weed the garden with him, you grab your jacket and head outside. When Mom says company’s coming, you help by picking up your toys. And if Grandma asks for a cookie taster, [ Read More ]

We’re fighting to keep seniors warm this winter

For more than 30 years, the bipartisan Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has helped many Ohio seniors and families – especially those with the lowest incomes who pay a high proportion of their income on home energy – keep warm in the winter. Yet, under a new proposal in the House of Representatives, [ Read More ]

The Thanksgiving Mouse

A Thanksgiving poem, with apologies to Clement Moore: “Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring except one little mouse. The Hot dry summer had left mouse’s cupboard bare, So he moved into the house in hopes that food would be there. His family was nestled all snug [ Read More ]

Congressman Walsh’s meltdown caught on video

Joe Walsh (the “Tea Party” Republican Congressman from Illinois) held an event with his constituents which he called “A Cup of Joe with Joe.” The event was staged at a café and was intended to show Walsh having a cup of coffee with constituents. Seeing the video of Mr. Walsh’s event leads inescapably to the [ Read More ]

The Book Worm Sez
‘Sourtoe Cocktail Club’ is worth jumping into feet-first

Once upon a time, you wanted to be just like him. The man you called Dad was your hero back when you were small. You looked up to him, literally. He was the guy who could fix anything and create everything. He was strong, smart, fun, resourceful and, particularly if you were his son, you [ Read More ]

A few reflections on my 40 years of serving older adults

Last week the citizens of Clermont County passed the Senior Services Levy by an unprecedented 75 percent affirmative vote. I speak for the board of trustees, our employees, and most importantly the older adults we serve, in expressing our gratitude for your vote of confidence to continue this vital work for another five years. This [ Read More ]

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