Opinion Archive

ROB PORTMAN
Working to deliver results

The campaign season is finally over. It was spirited this year and the ads were nonstop. And most of us probably won’t miss it. I’m grateful to the people of Ohio for giving me the opportunity to continue representing them in the United States Senate, and I will continue to work hard to earn that [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Bengals’ stockings filled with coal

Since Christmas is only days away, this means the NFL regular season is nearly over. Santa will be delivering playoff berths to the nice teams and coal to the naughty ones. For now, the AFC North has the Steelers and Ravens seeking playoff glory while the Bengals spend the playoffs at home. Another dismal failure [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Find the smoke, find a farmer

Until about a decade ago or maybe longer the scene on the farms of southwestern Ohio and Kentucky changed from seeing the farmer in his fields to having to search for one. From mid-October to late January the farmers work was moved indoors. This was certain if the farmer raised tobacco. The farmers were outside [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
You don’t have to be a cat lover to enjoy ‘Bob’

There isn’t much on your Wish List this year. Like last year, there’s nothing you need. Clothes, maybe a sweater. Gewgaws for your hobbies, perhaps, or the start of a new project. Gift cards or money, both are nice, but you mostly want to be with the ones you love. And in the book “A [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Holiday safety guidelines for your pets

Be careful how you deck your halls! The holiday season is generally a time 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 in order to insure a happy holiday season. RIBBONS & TINSEL These are [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Mistletoe’ really has a secret

You’ve got big plans this holiday season. If everything comes together, it’ll be the perfect Christmas with a little travelling, a package or two arriving on time, colorful wrap, big silky bows, and food. Lots of food. And in the new book “The Mistletoe Secret” by Richard Paul Evans, you’re going to work those plans [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Stagge-Marr Park

Changing weather keeps your walking experiences interesting and refreshing as the conditions on trails change.  The trails at Kathryn Stagge-Marr Park are just the place to experience the sensations of the seasons, as you are completely immersed in nature from beginning to end.  From leaf-covered trails to pine trees and dips and turns, this park was [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
A haunted Christmas tale

Christmas is the highlight of December. It’s also the time of the year for Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and different versions of “A Christmas Carol.” But you may not be familiar with the deadliest train wreck in Ohio’s history. For those who follow Ohio history or its ghosts, the disaster is known as the Ashtabula Bridge [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
The unwanted present

When I was four years old my cousin Jean had met a man she fell in love with, Fred Rosenbaum. He was from New York and was attending Wilmington College, where she also was attending. Their backgrounds were as different as night and day but they say opposites attract and I guess that is so [ Read More ]

JULIANNE NESBIT
Benefits of exercise for older adults

­­­­­­­­­We have all heard the many benefits of getting exercise – weight loss, a stronger immune system, lowering stress and reduced feelings of depression. These health effects are all well known. However, as we age, exercise has an even greater impact on our bodies. In adults, injuries take longer to heal and bones and muscles [ Read More ]


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