Opinion Archive

The best of times

I have always felt that I have enjoyed every year of my life so far to what I felt were my best efforts. There is no promise from one year until the next we will be here to experience a year better than all the ones that we have had so far. Sure, there are [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Chocolate poisoning in dogs

Each holiday season, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs. The majority of pet owners do not realize the potential for intoxication that chocolate possesses. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. Based on the number of [ Read More ]

Monroe Hist. Society hosts Harvest Fest Fundraiser!

Daily we see horrific headlines of shootings in our streets, deaths of police officers, and disrespect for all our law enforcement officers. While Hollywood promotes their plastic ‘heroes’ to our youth, our ‘hometown heroes’ work in war zones unrecognized and unappreciated for their dedication to duty. As they say ‘all gave some and some gave [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Johnson’s ‘Everything’ tugs at the heartstrings

Your grandmother’s jewelry will be yours someday. You’ve known that since you were small, and were caught playing with them. Someday, you were told, you’d be the proud owner of a necklace, pins, rings and other pretties bequeathed. But in the new memoir “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson, some things are simply not [ Read More ]

Support Clermont County ­­­Park District Levy

Dear Editor: I practically lived in the woods when I was a boy. My brothers, sister, and I roamed the countryside playing in creeks, climbing trees and enjoying the great outdoors. In today’s more suburban environment boys and girls have fewer options to do so. Thank goodness for our Clermont County Parks! Our parks are [ Read More ]

Heroin is destroying families

Last Saturday, my wife and I were out on our weekly grocery shopping trip. While standing in the checkout line, we heard a cashier in the next line frantically trying to get a manager on the store phone. Our cashier said that someone had overdosed on heroin in the restroom. Within minutes, police and an [ Read More ]

Two doctors to a farm

About a year ago I wrote a little about Dr. Barber, our family doctor, and how important he was to our family and how valuable he was to many other folks in our community. As true as his importance was, he was only one side of a farmer’s medical needs. Doc Barber treated me for [ Read More ]

Williamsburg food service changes questioned

As Paul Harvey would say, here’s “the rest of the story.” During the fall of 2015, word had gotten out that Williamsburg Local District was going to outsource the food service department. Several board meetings were held with the community and employees present. The board assured everyone that they had no intentions to outsource. In [ Read More ]

Our schools lose money to charters

Dear Editor: When our children fail in school, they are punished. So why don’t we punish schools that fail our children? Ohio charter schools are doing just that. Ohio taxpayers pay $1 billion annually for a for-profit charter school system, and online charter schools receive more than $250 million per year. We are paying charter [ Read More ]

The right Republican

Some people are confused over the two gentlemen running to replace the retiring Bob Proud for County Commissioner on Nov. 8. One candidate, David Painter, sought and received the endorsement of the Central Committee of the Clermont County Republican Party. The other candidate, Tom Bixler, did not seek an endorsement from the CCRP Central Committee [ Read More ]

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