Opinion Archive

Representative Ryan, Medicare and taxes

The budget passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives just four weeks ago is reported to be “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate. Representative Paul Ryan’s (R – Wisconsin) scheme to privatize Medicare by giving the elderly a voucher and telling them to go buy insurance from private insurance companies with the voucher [ Read More ]

Two simple rules for a long and happy marriage

I’m writing from an island off Cape Fear North Carolina this week where Yvonne and I are sharing a vacation house with two couples we have become good friends with over the past few years. The origin of this triad friendship rests with the three ladies, as is typical of most couple relationships. A notable [ Read More ]

Senior Services offers support for caregivers

Pam Scott, a registered nurse on our staff at Clermont Senior Services, recently started a new caregiver support group. It was pouring down rain the morning of the first meeting. Pam stopped by my office and said, “I hope the rain doesn’t discourage people from attending.” She was not disappointed. A few minutes before the [ Read More ]

Renewal levy for Senior Services will be on ballot

At the Clermont Senior Services board meeting last week I presented the annual report for 2010. The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of our budget and service performance for the past year. An important part of the report each year is the board chairman’s message to the community. In this message [ Read More ]

I enjoyed a birthday supper I’ll long remember

Yvonne and I drove up to Fredericktown in Knox County this past weekend to spend a couple of days with my sister, Kathy, and her husband, Don. Shortly after their marriage in 1964, Don and Kathy purchased a lake house at the end of Schultz Road on Knox Lake. Except for moving away for a [ Read More ]

Deputies have a new tool for patrol work

Law enforcement is no different than any other industry and is always coming up with new and improved methods and equipment for the safety of our communities. Today I’d like to discuss the Automatic Licenses Plate Reader (ALPR), a new tool the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office obtained through a Department of Homeland Security Grant. The [ Read More ]

Abuse of older adults is often a hidden secret

“I felt trapped, scared, used, and frustrated. Above all, I felt helpless.” You probably heard those words on the evening news a few weeks ago. They were spoken by Mickey Rooney as he sat before a U.S. Senate committee and shook his fist in the air, expressing his frustration and anger about the alleged exploitation [ Read More ]

Portman’s policies are a re-run of former president’s

I was fascinated by Senator Rob Portman’s article of April 14th (“Happy Tax Freedom Day”). In his article Portman states “If big government policies and irresponsible deficit spending continue,” then “Tax Freedom Day will likely come on a much later time for future generations.” I presume Senator Portman is referring to such irresponsible deficit spending [ Read More ]

History of the Civil War touches close to home

The dates of April 9 through 15 hold unique standing in the annals of the Civil War. On April 12, one hundred and fifty years ago this week, this tragic chapter in our Nation’s history began with the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Though not great in number, there were Americans yet alive whose own fathers [ Read More ]

Bushy eyebrows are more than a sign of old age

When I looked in the mirror one morning last week I could see that it had happened again. Overnight I had sprouted three new curly eyebrow hairs, two gray and one black. They stood out like dandelions that pop up overnight in a freshly mown lawn. Where in the world do these wild hairs come [ Read More ]

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