Opinion Archive

RICK HOUSER
The way to start a day

I’m not just sure when this began but I’m going to say the early 1980s. My parents were living at the edge of Bethel and my dad had become a member of the Lions Club at Bethel. My parents were always involved in the social activities of their communities and Dad had become very fond [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Signs of fall: Halloween, Thanksgiving and pro football

As summer fades into the past, Ohioans will have a new reason to complain—cold weather. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Ohioans can expect a cold winter. Thankfully, before it gets too cold, we can enjoy Thanksgiving and Halloween. When it comes to keeping up with the seasons, I just look at professional sports. For instance, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Can my cat get aids?

Well, yes and no.  Cats are susceptible to a virus that causes an immunodeficiency syndrome similar to, but different from the AIDS syndrome in people.   The feline virus is now called FIV or feline immunodeficiency virus.  It has previously been called feline T-lymphotrophic lentivirus (FTLV) and feline acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (FAIDS) virus. The virus [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Women’ will interest aspiring crime fighters

The law’s the law. You’ve known practically since you were born that rules were not made to be broken; in fact, they were made for a reason – even when it’s hard to make them stick. That’s especially true now, just as it was and a hundred years ago or more, and in the book [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Is your furnace prepared for winter?

Last week, my wife and I gave our Gibson furnace its last rites. Rest in peace old friend. Thanks for keeping our house cool during the summer and warm during the winter. To stress the importance of a furnace, try imagining your house without air conditioning or heat. It’s a horrible thought. But it’s how [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
When the meal was the meal!

From my earliest recollections until I stopped helping farmers as a farm hand in the early 80s I now think back on the meals the farmers’ wives served. In those times a routine meal consisted of meat and potatoes or soup, beans and corn bread or something that filled the stomach and allowed the farmer [ Read More ]

HARRY SNYDER
Think about your learning

It’s back-to-school time.  The stores have had their sales, many college students have already packed up their parents’ SUVs, and soon yellow school buses will be a common sight on the road. If you have kids preparing for school-and even if you don’t-this is a good time for you to think about your own learning [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Congress should get back to work to combat zika

It has been more than 165 days since President Obama requested emergency funding to fight Zika. Yet unlike during previous public health crises, Congress has failed to rise to the occasion. As experts warned of more cases on the way, Congress shamefully packed up and left for the summer without taking action on emergency funding [ Read More ]

GARTH SHANKLIN
Don’t let Reds’ woes tarnish Votto’s streak

Warning: contents of this article may be flammable. It is recommended readers use caution when reading about Joey Votto’s last few months at the plate, since the likelihood of the newspaper itself catching on fire is extremely high. Let’s jump back to May, before Bengals rookies starting dropping like flies in training camp. Two injured [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Dog Medicine’ shows you aren’t alone

The doctor said you need a prescription. She said you’ll feel better after you rest, scribbled a bunch of symbols on a paper, and told you to follow directions: four medicines, four times a day for four days. It should work. You’ll heal. But, as in the new book “Dog Medicine” by Julie Barton, the [ Read More ]


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