Opinion Archive

Weekend Walker
Kathleen Pfeiffer
New Richmond riverside

If you’re looking for a change of scenery for a weekend walk, the riverside walk in New Richmond, OH, makes for a fun and easy change of pace. Even a cold and dreary day can be brightened by a brisk walk on the paved stretch along Front Street as you look out over the wide [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The immigration dilemna

President Donald Trump has caught much flack for his position against immigration. While he wants to address the issue, the previous administration wasn’t so adamant about addressing it. I have heard many opinions on immigration. While out shopping yesterday, I overhead a gentleman discussing immigration with his family. He referred to the Statue of Liberty [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Save the last dance for me

During the years I attended Felicity high school I invested a lot of my time attending all the school offered to us the students. From the day school began and on into the football homecoming floats and dance on to the Hal o ween social etc., etc… I doubt very much that I ever missed [ Read More ]

Brett Milam:
People that we disagree with deserve good faith

Yep, I’m coming in with a sanctimonious Super Bowl think piece, but try it out for size: More than 111 million Americans watched the NFL’s 2017 Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Even more watched Lady Gaga’s half-time performance (almost 118 million). To put that another way, three-fourths of American households watched a football game and [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
A speech everyone should read

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This speech, however, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer:
Whether it’s front-to-back or back-to front, plenty of hugs in children’s book

You’ve had enough cookies for today. Mom says that sometimes; mostly when it’s true. But can you ever have enough cookies? For that matter, can you ever have enough toys, TV, playtime, or visits to Grandma’s? In the new book “I’ll Hug You More” by Laura Duksta, illustrated by Melissa Iwai, there’s always a chance [ Read More ]

Brad Wenstrup:
Compassion, security, and our national identity

I’ll never forget two Iraqi citizens who I served alongside in Iraq. As I was serving as a combat surgeon, they were both working on behalf of the United States as interpreters in our hospital in Iraq. After assisting the U.S. in this way, their lives were in jeopardy if they remained in their own [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The madness of Super Bowl coverage

I have followed the NFL since my childhood. I learned about the game from my grandfather and father. As much as I love the NFL, however, I cannot stand the Pro Bowl. The game is unwatchable. I am not even sure I understand why the league bothers. The players never play with any effort. But [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
He made me smile

When I look back over the years of my youth and of all the adventures I experienced and the interesting people I have met, one name always comes back. One person I knew could take any day or situation and turn it into enjoyment and so much fun that I always ended up with a [ Read More ]

Kathy Kelly:
Divest from war, invest in people

All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised. In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed, “America First.” The U.S. does rank first in weapon sales, [ Read More ]


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