Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
Readers will step into ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ and never want to leave

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It all seemed like a good idea. You’d graduate from high school and take three months to bike across country. Or build a house. Or start a business, hitchhike Europe , or any other harebrained plan your teenage minds thought up. It would be a bonding experience. Friends forever. It didn’t take [ Read More ]

Cyclists and drivers need to cooperate

By Kristin Rover In my career as a journalist I have become immune to writing tragic stories, but none have affected me as much as a story I wrote last week. Frederick Carey, a local teacher, family man, outdoorsman, and cyclist, was hit and killed while riding his bike on Round Bottom Road in Union [ Read More ]

Residents should know about pipeline

Dear Editor: Should Clermont County residents know more about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that is to buried under our farmland? This pipeline will carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio to the Ohio River. The proposed path brings the pipeline through Clermont around Felicity and Chilo where it will [ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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
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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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