Opinion Archive

BICENTENNIAL
A wound and a fine memory

By Rosanna Hoberg The village settled down to private business again after the Civil War. Batavia’s greatest claim to fame during this post-war period was a visit from one of the most famous of all persons to emerge from the war, President Ulysses S. Grant. The following narration describes a visit made to our village [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Lessons learned from working childhood jobs

By George Brown My first opportunity to earn real money occurred while spending a week with my Aunt Elsie in Marion when I was 8. She, my cousins, and I got up early and walked all the way across town to a strawberry farm where we were paid .10 cents a quart to pick berries. [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
A death in the family is devastating

By Sherrod Brown Grieving family members deserve time to mourn their loss. But some parents who have co-signed a private student loan for their child have instead found themselves facing harassment from student loan servicers. After Delphos, Ohio native Andrew Katbi was killed in a tragic car crash just weeks before graduating from law school, [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Remembering my dad

By George Brown Each year Memorial Day and Father’s Day converge, with my Dad’s birthday tucked in between. And each year these three celebratory occasions draw my mind to a contemplative reminiscence of how Dad lived his life. He and Mom divorced when I was barely a year old and he and I didn’t see [ Read More ]

BATAVIA BICENTENNIAL
The children and the war

By Rosanna Hoberg James B. Swing’s memoir of his experiences during the American Civil War, related in 1916, conclude here. “That evening, about dark or a little after dark, a regiment of soldiers, infantry from Camp Dennison, reached Batavia quite unexpectedly. Some report had been heard at Camp Dennison to the effect that there was [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
We need solutions for our veterans

By Sherrod Brown While serving our country, many veterans sustain a variety of injuries. These injuries can be visible physical injuries but other so-called “invisible injuries” persist and can affect veterans just as much, or more, than the more obvious visible injuries. It is our duty to ensure that these veterans receive the high quality [ Read More ]

TIM RUDD
Party chairman not seeking nomination

By Tim Rudd After 16 long sometimes hard years as Chairman of the Clermont County Republican Party I will not be seeking nor will I accept nomination to my current position as Chairman at party reorganization. Having said that let me proceed with a few last words for the Republican Party at large. Moving forward [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Promise’ is a good book – just bring your tissues

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It was a vow you took very seriously. Friends forever, you said in school. Til death do you part, you uttered in front of an altar. Semper fi, on my honor, read my lips, it’ll get done, I’ll be there. It’s easy to make a pledge to someone. It’s not always easy [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
STEVE BOEHME
Instant raised beds make growing food easy

By Steve Boehme Our favorite discovery this season is “Smart Pot” raised bed gardening with “Big Bag Beds,” circular fabric containers that are the most plant-friendly, efficient, easy way to garden we’ve ever seen. Less weeding, less bending over, perfect drainage because excess water can seep out the bottom. Healthy plants out of reach of [ Read More ]

Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cause for celebration, controversy

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, initially heralded as a cause for celebration, continues to stir up debate and controversy. The U.S. government negotiated the release of Bergdahl, a POW and America’s longest-held captive, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. Differences in opinion along party lines are expected. Government officials did not, however, expect the [ Read More ]


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