Opinion Archive

Rick Houser
I took to this immediately!

In 1955, my sister Peg began attending Wilmington College. She was the first of my family to venture into the big old world outside of Fruit Ridge Road. Even though Wilmington was only about an hour away at the time,  when you are five it seemed like she had moved to the other side of [ Read More ]

Rob Portman
Delivering results in 2016

Ohioans are tired of Washington gridlock and want to see things getting done that will help them and their families. That’s how I feel. We don’t all agree on what those specific policies should be, but in general most of us just want to see Republicans and Democrats work together for the greater good. That’s [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton
Our system comes with no guarantees

There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment. I don’t agree with these predictions of calamity. Our representative democracy is not on the [ Read More ]

WCLSD retire-rehire concerns

I am a resident of West Clermont Local Schools, and I have concerns about the superintendent’s position starting the 2017-2018 school year. The Board of Education is considering allowing the present superintendent to retire and then rehiring him. The Board of Education does NOT allow TEACHERS to do this. The reason that the superintendent wants [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Terri Schlichenmeyer
Book tells story of couple made famous by success of McDonald’s

To go. Whoever put those two delicious words together really knew what they were doing: order your food, ask for it “to go,” save yourself time, and eat wherever you want. You might not even have to get out of the car. Yes, “to go” are magic words but, as in the new book “Ray [ Read More ]

Rick Houser
Where the livestock ruled

As I have said many times before, growing up on a farm and in the rural part of the country was so much a privilege to me. I like to tell of the many parts of farm life that brought forth my happiness. Of course, being so close to the land and raising crops and [ Read More ]

John Becker
Solving a traffic nightmare, legislative priority in the new year

As the 131st General Assembly begins to wind down, I often reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past two years to make Ohioans’ lives better. While these accomplishments should certainly not be diminished, now that the General Assembly is coming to a close I instead find myself looking forward to my legislative [ Read More ]

Trudy Lieberman
Changing Obamacare likely to mean higher costs, less coverage – or both

Lori Eng, a 62-year-old office manager who works in western Nebraska, sent an email not long ago telling me she was “terrified” she might loose her Obamacare health insurance. The many horror stories passed along in the media had frightened her, and she wanted me to hear from someone who had benefitted from the law. [ Read More ]

Rob Portman
At the speed of science

The advances made by the scientific and medical communities over the past few decades have been incredible. In just the past thirty years, life expectancy in the United States has increased by five years, and almost half of that increase took place just in the last decade. I often think about my own mom, who [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover
NFL Wild Card games were a bust

For Bengals fans, it must have been tough watching the Steelers dominate the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in last week’s playoffs. It was payback for the Steelers, since the Dolphins had crushed them earlier in the year 30-15. After losing to the Dolphins, the Steelers lost three more games. By this time, many NFL analysts began [ Read More ]

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