Opinion Archive

Allowing more efficient trucks could drive the economy

Serious challenges face our aging interstate highway system. If we are going to reduce congestion and improve safety without increasing taxes or spending, we need to make our existing infrastructure more efficient. I was pleased to join Congressman Michael Michaud in introducing H.R. 763, the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act. Known as SETA, it would [ Read More ]

The vanishing middle class

For the two weeks since the debt ceiling deal was done, the stock market has been on a roller coaster with wild swings up and down every day. In stark contrast to the frantic activity on Wall Street, the rest of the economy seems placid. On July 29, the Commerce Department released data showing the [ Read More ]

Senior transportation allows many to live at home

Each year the Clermont Senior Services vans drive over three quarters of a million miles. This year we are on track to provide nearly 70,000 trips, taking older adults to medical and other appointments that allow them to continue living at home. Transportation is one of the most important services we provide. Getting where you [ Read More ]

Smog is harmful to everybody

By Loren Koehler When a smog alert is issued, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “Will the protective membranes in my nose and throat swell?” “Will I have red, itchy eyes?” “Will my working lung capacity will decrease?” Chances are, probably not. But those questions are issues that could arise when smog levels [ Read More ]

Debt ceiling deal was an imperfect fix, but necessary

The recent debate about increasing our nation’s debt ceiling certainly wasn’t pretty. While I’m sure everyone involved had America’s best interests at heart, coming to agreement on how to stop this ridiculous spending of tax dollars tested the patience of not only members of Congress but also the public. What we settled on isn’t a [ Read More ]

How does what you believe affect how you treat others?

When I was a young man I was far more idealistic and naive than I am today. When talking with family or friends I was often firm in my opinions, of which I had many. I was almost always quick to share those opinions and would rush to judgment about how I thought other people [ Read More ]

Remembering Ohio’s veterans

A veteran in Cincinnati recently wrote to me that, “it is good to know we are not forgotten.” There are more than 930,000 veterans in Ohio who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country. Members of the Armed Forces leave their families, endure great stress, and put their lives on the line for us. And, [ Read More ]

Senior Services auction is set for September 9

Fifteen years ago, under the volunteer leadership of Judy Walker, Clermont Senior Services held an Art Auction at John Ruthven’s studio near Georgetown. I still have an original water color painting by local artist David P. Atkins that I purchased at that event. It was an exciting beginning, and within a few years the Art [ Read More ]

The picture that hung on my grandmother’s wall

As a very young boy I remember going to my Grandparents home in New Richmond. The old house is no longer standing but it once stood behind where Frisch’s Restaurant is today. It was a very old two story house with a large front porch. Today, we refer to this type of house as having [ Read More ]

Make the dollar-for-dollar rule permanent

Congress and the president have finally agreed to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit, along with spending cuts of an equal or greater amount. There are many points of view about the final agreement, but here’s a positive aspect of the underlying principle: If we pledge to hold all future debt-limit increases to the [ Read More ]

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