Opinion Archive

BICENTENNIAL
The trouble with coal

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. Peter A. Barnes, writer, consultant and a Batavia native, now lives near Milford pursuing his life-long interest in local history. By Peter A. Barnes The railroad changed Batavia, and so did coal. In 1876 Batavia was a [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Lessons learned from having my first bicycle

By George Brown I like my new bicycle. Well, it’s not exactly new but it is new to me. It’s the first bicycle I’ve owned since I was 13, nearly 55 years ago, and I’m itching for a warm spring day to get out and see if the old adage is true about never forgetting [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ensuring Ohio workers can compete in a global market

By Sen. Sherrod Brown We all know that Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can compete with anyone. But when a country purposefully manipulates its currency so that its exports are cheaper, that’s not competing – that’s cheating. The result? U.S. exports are more expensive and a deluge of cheap imports flood our markets, costing American [ Read More ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
President Obama’s war on work

By Brad Wenstrup America is facing a dangerous prospect: a smaller portion of the population is working than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president. The labor force participation rate, a number used by economists to measure what percentage of Americans are working or seeking work, now sits at 63 percent. This rate is [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Anyone over 50 needs ‘Living Safely’ on their shelf

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The third step from the bottom squeaks when you tread on it – which is something you tried to remember when you snuck in after curfew. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. And someone, sometime, [ Read More ]

CREATURE FEATURE
Spaying and neutering is good for your canine

By Dr. Dan Meakin Having a litter of puppies may seem like a fun thing to do. Some owners even believe that it helps their female dog, in some way, to develop more completely or become a better pet. Neither is true. Becoming pregnant and having a litter of puppies in no way alters the [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
His Lordship, the Grand Duke of Brownton Abbey

By George Brown As I’ve shared in past columns, I have two ancestors of some notoriety. The first, Ulysses S. Grant, is a cousin through my Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Simpson. Elizabeth and Grant’s Mother, Hannah, were cousins. Hannah’s Grandfather, Thomas Simpson (Grant’s Great Grandfather), is my Great (x6) Grandfather. The second notable character is my [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Was it an injury or involuntary retirement?

By Paul Pfeifer Billy G. Black started working for Park Ohio Industries decades ago, when he was a teenager. When Black injured his back while working as a press operator on October 17, 2000, his eventual workers’ compensation claim ended up here – at the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. Elizabeth Mease diagnosed Black’s injury as [ Read More ]

BICENTENNIAL
The train came to Batavia

By Peter A. Barnes When I was a small boy, my family lived at the corner of Fourth Street and Wood Street. It was the late 1940s, and on cold winter nights, as I pulled the covers up around my head, I could sometimes hear the train, its steam engine chugging hard as it rounded [ Read More ]

DAVID DANIELS
Ohio farmers and families will benefit from tax cuts

By David T. Daniels If you are lucky enough to be among the two percent of the population to proudly call yourself a farmer in Ohio, the changes you have experienced in the last few years may have felt a bit like a roller coaster. From record high rainfall to the worst drought in more [ Read More ]


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