Opinion Archive

Found: Honest Business

On Oct. 25, via my phone, Luke’s Repair Shop in Amelia quoted me $89 to repair my Sears sewing machine. When I arrived there with it, the man fixed it as we talked (new needle and tension adjustment) and he wasn’t charging me! An unscrupulous business would quickly fixed it, called me later and collected $89 [ Read More ]

Shop local for the holidays

Dear Editor: ‘Tis the season when family and friends gather together to eat, give thanks and celebrate the holidays. As you begin your holiday shopping and event planning, I encourage you to buy gifts and supplies within your community which support the diversity and quality of Ohio’s locally made and grown products. When you buy [ Read More ]

Resident shares Black Friday story

That annual shopping frenzy called “Black Friday” is now history; a day shop-holics celebrate but for my family it brings flashbacks of shock, sickness,and suffering. Black Friday, 2006 was the day that our 2-year-old granddaughter named Rebecca was diagnosed with ALL – acute lymphoma-leukemia. While remembrance ribbons now recognize different kinds of cancer, we don’t [ Read More ]

Remembering Mrs. Brady

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It was unusual. For many years I have cooked a turkey. This year I spent the holiday having dinner at a Chinese restaurant with my youngest son and his girlfriend. It wasn’t bad. They even had a turkey. It was dry, but edible. Another holiday in the books. [ Read More ]

Where did clotheslines go?

I displayed a photo of one of my mom’s quilts draped over her clothes line on my Facebook page recently. A man commented on the picture and added that we don’t see clotheslines much anymore. You know I hadn’t really given it much thought but he was right. After thinking a while I realized I [ Read More ]

Ohio ABLE Act creates resource for individuals with disabilities

As your state representative, it is my job to represent the voices of each individual in my district. It is vitally important to speak for the disabled and make sure their needs are addressed at the Ohio Statehouse. My priority remains giving every person an equal opportunity to succeed—especially those with special needs. In December [ Read More ]

We like to give thanks

From my earliest memories forward, my family and now my children and their families take the forth Thursday in November and set it aside to gather and, along with good foods and company, we gave and still give thanks for the year nearing its end. We were always thankful back then for the year with [ Read More ]

JOE BECKER Bringing Ohio voter registration online

It is my goal as your state representative to continue to better Ohio for our community whether that is by saving money, creating more efficient methods or making necessary changes to current processes to ensure Ohio is moving forward. Senate Bill 63, which will allow citizens to register to vote online, achieves this goal, and [ Read More ]

Inmate apologizes for car crash

I was the cause of a car crash in Clermont County in November 2013 that injured innocent people because of my drinking alcohol. I want to apologize to these victim’s and the community, and the embarrassment to my children and grandchildren. Our community doesn’t need this kind of stress. While laying in the hospital recovering [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Book presents pay-it-forward message

Everybody thinks you’re a pretty nice kid. And that’s a great thing. Being kind to others is fun, it feels good, and it helps brighten someone’s day. It’s also very easy and, as you’ll see in “Cara’s Kindness” by Kristi Yamaguchi, illustrated by John Lee, when you’re nice, it often comes back to you. Cara [ Read More ]

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