Opinion Archive

Better Health Rewards: A path to a better budget

In the last 40 years, federal spending on entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, has soared from less than half of Washington’s budget to almost two-thirds. This past year alone, Medicare spending totaled about $560 billion – more than triple what it was two decades ago, even after inflation. Over the next decade, as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘If Walls Could Talk’ has a lot to say

Thank goodness for bathrooms. That’s almost always the first place you head in the morning, once you’ve gotten out of bed. And, come to think of it, thank goodness for beds. What would you do without a comfortable place to stretch out and snooze? You’re grateful for your kitchen, too, because that’s the second place [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Steve Boehme
Succeeding with succulent strawberries

Everybody likes strawberries, and it’s fun to grow them. To succeed you must be patient, since strawberry plantings take a year to establish. First, you must understand the difference between June-bearing, “everbearing”, and “day neutral” strawberries, since each of these takes different care. June-bearing strawberries produce a single, large crop per year during a 2 [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Bloodsuckers are on the loose early this year

Tick season is apparently in full swing whether we like it or not. Dogs and cats with ticks attached are showing up at our offices much earlier this year than usual. Most owners didn’t even realize there was a disease-carrying, blood-sucking parasite on their pet. As is the case with many conditions, we found the [ Read More ]

It’s time to explore some retirement job options

I’ve been retired for three months. I’m not bored yet, but I’ve decided to mull over some retirement job options in case I get tired of playing. Something I’ve thought about for a long time is that it might be fun to be a cub reporter for the Clermont Sun, like Jimmy Olsen the cub [ Read More ]

Saving Medicare and Social Security for Ohio’s seniors

Charlotte is a nurse from Southwest Ohio who also advocates for seniors. Like other Ohio seniors, she has paid into Medicare and Social Security all her working life. And, like many Ohio seniors, Charlotte recently wrote to me that she “value[s] traditional Medicare and doesn’t want to let it whither on a vine.” Yet the [ Read More ]

The curious case of Trayvon Martin

The case of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, the vigilante and self-appointed “neighborhood watch,” has sparked outrage across America, and rightfully so. However, what I find noteworthy in this case is not so much the conduct of Zimmerman (in a nation of over 300 million people you [ Read More ]

Energy is what will power Ohio’s future

Lower energy prices. That’s what many folks first think when they hear about expanded oil and natural gas production in Ohio. And they are right. Washington can’t repeal the laws of supply and demand. With more supply that is more reliable, it will help keep prices down. But lower prices aren’t the only benefit the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Guitar Wizard’ will please kids, grown up guitar aficionados

For as long as you can remember, you’ve had a big dream. It started with a musical toy and ended with the iPod you carry everywhere. At some point in between, you sang along with your parents’ music (which you loved), found your own songs, and now you want to perform onstage someday, just like [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Driveway trees done right

Those of us with long driveways often fantasize about having a stately planting of driveway trees. We’ve all seen them; perfect matching colonnades of mature trees marching along the lane leading to the house of our dreams. My favorites are down in Bourbon County, Kentucky, mature pin oaks planted more than a hundred years ago. [ Read More ]

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