Opinion Archive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
My personal safety is my responsibility

In today’s world replete with violence and fear many people find solace in a nanny state wherein they willingly trade freedom for coddling and false hope. One example of this is the transfer of all personal protection responsibility to the state. I advocate legal concealed handgun carry. I believe it to be a prudent course [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
House Bill 377 is misguided and harmful to the workers

Dear Editor, I oppose “Right to Work” legislation sponsored by Rep. Brinkman because it’s misguided and harmful to workers and the middle class. These attacks on workers are an attempt by CEOs who put profits before people. These extremists are misleading us on purpose – they want to trick people into supporting these dangerous policies [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Couldn’t get them soon enough

On the 3rd day of July 1965 I passed my exam to receive my driver’s license. That was 10 days after my 16th birthday. I literally thought the day I could drive legally was never going to arrive and my head would burst first from the wait of what I felt was an eternity. There [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The most popular Christmas traditions for Americans

Christmas is one of the most unique holidays in America. We exchange gifts and decorate our homes and workspaces to celebrate the Christmas spirit. But do you know why we set up Christmas trees or decorate them with ornaments? If not, I have listed the five most common Christmas traditions. 1. Gift Giving: Many centuries [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
Sadly, Congress seems okay with being weak

Not many people outside of Capitol Hill paid attention last month when the congressional leadership released next year’s legislative schedule. Its headline feature is a strikingly long summer recess: half of July and all of August, along with a few spotty weeks of work before the November election. There are plenty of other breaks as [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Holiday Safety Guidelines For Your Pet

By Dr. Dan Meakin Be careful how you deck your halls! The holiday season is generally a tie of family togetherness in which even our pets participate. One’s thoughts generally are far from thoughts of injury; however, one must be aware of some important seasonal hazards to insure a happy holiday season. Ribbons & Tinsel [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Night’ will light up the kids’ holiday

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The neighborhood over a couple blocks is all lit up. There are inflatable Santas there, musical reindeer, twinkly lights, and candy canes that are taller than Daddy. It’s really pretty and sometimes, you wonder how many lights there are. In the new book, “The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas” by [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Audrey’s Treasures to close

Audrey’s Treasures Antique and Thrift Shop is going to close its door Jan. 1, 2016. Audrey wants all her ver dear and treasured customers and friends to know she isn’t closing because she wants to. She wants to tell you that she must because after almost 50 years of doing something she has enjoyed she [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The secret grandmother sorority

A sorority is a group of women that come together for a common purpose. Whenever we think about sororities, Alpha Chi Omega or Alpha Phi likely come to mind. Both organizations have existed since the late 1800s. However, did you know a secret sorority for grandmothers is traceable to the beginning of time? I learned [ Read More ]

DAVID MAYWHOOR
The sad consequences of insufficient dental access

We often hear that much of the country is slowly digging its way out of the Great Recession which devastated many of the working folks in our communities. The economic gains have bypassed many parts of Ohio including right here in Clermont County where US Census Bureau statistics gathered between 2009 and 2013 show that [ Read More ]


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