Opinion Archive

RICK HOUSER
I felt I was a good flunky

Looking back on my days growing up it seemed like there was something to be done every single day of the year. If we weren’t farming in the fields or working with the livestock we might be helping Dad with trustee business, such as spreading sand and salt on the township roads when it had [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
It’s getting harder to govern, and it’s not just the politicians’ fault

We may not know who our next president is going to be, but here’s one thing that’s almost certain: he or she will take office with roughly half of the electorate unhappy and mistrustful. The notion that the president speaks for a broad coalition of Americans who are willing to set aside their differences on [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Kelley Nature Preserve

Kelley Nature Preserve is a little farther out, but it is well worth the drive. Located at 297 Center St. (St. Rt. 126), Loveland, OH, north of Milford, right outside the charming town of Miamiville, it is close enough to be convenient and far enough to feel like you are in the country. We walked [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Your book club should pick ‘Britt-Marie’ next

“Hey! Look at me!” You spent a fair amount of your childhood hollering that. Watch me. Look here. See what I’m doing, because nobody likes to be ignored. In fact, as in the new book “Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman, being invisible is the worst thing of all. Civility is dead. Britt-Marie feared that [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
What happens if you die without a will?

After the famous rocker Prince died, Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, said her brother died without leaving a will. So what happens if you die without a will? Although your problems are over, they are only beginning for your loved ones. If you own property, retirement accounts or have children, then you need to draft your [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
This plan had no catches

I have mentioned in the past that my two best friends were Herb and Charlie Marshall, better known as the Marshall Brothers. Along with playing together, working together and just plain hanging out with each other we always seemed to be in some attempt to make money with no money to invest. Now we came [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Vacancy on the Supreme Court

Dear Editor: We have entered quite a tumultuous campaign year, and daily the internet, presses and cameras are buzzing with new stories related to one or the other candidate. This will continue to hum noisily until November, but I’m more concerned with the now vacant seat in the Supreme Court. President Obama recently announced his [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Creating jobs, making government less expensive and protecting the environment

The Senate recently passed bipartisan landmark energy efficiency legislation that I have worked on for the past five years. It achieves three important objectives: creating jobs, cleaning up our environment and making government less expensive. Since coming into office in 2011, I have worked with Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on the Energy [ Read More ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
Our national debt could be the downfall of our economy

Imagine opening your mail to find this bill for $60,000 from the federal government. It seems far-fetched, doesn’t it? Actually, that’s about how much each American citizen would currently have to pay in order to eliminate our national debt. If that number isn’t scary enough, think about what the bill will be for our children [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Neither’ is as fun as getting a card in the mail

You’ve got mail! Always nice to hear that coming from your computer but these days, it’s doubly-nice when it comes from a metal box. Greeting cards, checks, bills, even those offers-you-can’t-refuse, it all comes right to your door. And in the new book “Neither Snow nor Rain” by Devin Leonard, you’ll never take it for [ Read More ]


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