Opinion Archive

Tax Freedom Day useful, but doesn’t tell whole story

Tuesday April 17 was not just the deadline to file federal tax returns. Ironically, it was also Tax Freedom Day. That means the typical American has spent every working day so far this year earning just enough money to pay off his or her federal, state, and local tax bills, according to the Tax Foundation. [ Read More ]

An assortment of critters discovered at Dimmitt Woods

The Dimmitt Woods senior housing construction site has proven to be a menagerie of critters. The first sighting was the snake pit, a long since abandoned cistern in which several behemoth black snakes had taken up residence. Without intending to do so the bulldozer closed off their escape and silenced the snakes before anyone could [ Read More ]

Tips to help you avoid tax fraud and identification theft

Identity theft and tax fraud victims – like Michael Bucalo whom I recently met in Cleveland – know that “there are people out there (who) are so slick; they can steal your shoes while you are running.” For criminals who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers, tax season is the time to cash in – on other [ Read More ]

Better Health Rewards: A path to a better budget

In the last 40 years, federal spending on entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, has soared from less than half of Washington’s budget to almost two-thirds. This past year alone, Medicare spending totaled about $560 billion – more than triple what it was two decades ago, even after inflation. Over the next decade, as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘If Walls Could Talk’ has a lot to say

Thank goodness for bathrooms. That’s almost always the first place you head in the morning, once you’ve gotten out of bed. And, come to think of it, thank goodness for beds. What would you do without a comfortable place to stretch out and snooze? You’re grateful for your kitchen, too, because that’s the second place [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Steve Boehme
Succeeding with succulent strawberries

Everybody likes strawberries, and it’s fun to grow them. To succeed you must be patient, since strawberry plantings take a year to establish. First, you must understand the difference between June-bearing, “everbearing”, and “day neutral” strawberries, since each of these takes different care. June-bearing strawberries produce a single, large crop per year during a 2 [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Bloodsuckers are on the loose early this year

Tick season is apparently in full swing whether we like it or not. Dogs and cats with ticks attached are showing up at our offices much earlier this year than usual. Most owners didn’t even realize there was a disease-carrying, blood-sucking parasite on their pet. As is the case with many conditions, we found the [ Read More ]

It’s time to explore some retirement job options

I’ve been retired for three months. I’m not bored yet, but I’ve decided to mull over some retirement job options in case I get tired of playing. Something I’ve thought about for a long time is that it might be fun to be a cub reporter for the Clermont Sun, like Jimmy Olsen the cub [ Read More ]

Saving Medicare and Social Security for Ohio’s seniors

Charlotte is a nurse from Southwest Ohio who also advocates for seniors. Like other Ohio seniors, she has paid into Medicare and Social Security all her working life. And, like many Ohio seniors, Charlotte recently wrote to me that she “value[s] traditional Medicare and doesn’t want to let it whither on a vine.” Yet the [ Read More ]

The curious case of Trayvon Martin

The case of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, the vigilante and self-appointed “neighborhood watch,” has sparked outrage across America, and rightfully so. However, what I find noteworthy in this case is not so much the conduct of Zimmerman (in a nation of over 300 million people you [ Read More ]

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