Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘First Dads’ takes a in-depth look at presidential fathers

He can fix almost anything, make something from nothing, and he tells great bedtime stories. He’s the Workshop King, Master of the TV, Lord of the Grill, The Yard Czar, and he likes to think he rules the house, too. Or, as in the new book “First Dads” by Joshua Kendall, he might rule a [ Read More ]

We must all stand together

On Sunday, Ohioans woke up to tragic news about the shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub. Connie and I send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and communities of all those lost. We are grateful to the first responders whose bravery saved lives, and we continue to keep the law enforcement who are investigating [ Read More ]

I baled hay when the sun shone

My birthday is June 23 and I was always told that the day I was born Dad and the neighbors were baling hay. With each year it seemed we were always baling hay. This always brought the same response that I was born when they were baling hay. So it came as no surprise that [ Read More ]

Muhammad Ali: The passing of a legend

Last week, we lost the legendary Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.). He was buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in his beloved hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Ali will now share eternity with Harlan Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. As a child, I can remember being in awe of Ali. He was [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Williamsburg to Batavia Hike Bike Trail

If you plan to walk on the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike Bike Trail, for even a short distance, come prepared. The trail begins at the end of Broadway Road in Williamsburg, and ends after six miles at Zagar Road in Batavia, and when it is finished, it will be a 13 mile trail between the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Lyme Disease – What is it?

Lyme Disease is a disease caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease in people begins with fatigue, headache, and often a characteristic rash. If left untreated, the disease may progress to include cardiac, neurolgic, and arthritic signs. Diseased pets will often only show arthritic signs, which may occur with fatigue and reluctance to [ Read More ]

Harambe the gorilla: Did he have to die?

On May 28, the Cincinnati Zoo faced a serious problem. A four-year-old child named Isiah Gregg had fallen into the zoo’s gorilla enclosure. Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla then grabbed the boy and dragged him around by the leg. The boy could have easily suffered life threatening injuries. Zoo officials responded with lethal force and [ Read More ]

The men to go to

I was thinking the other day about my years on the farm and how we had to connect with a sources outside of the farm. What I mean is if we needed feed we went to the Farm Bureau, and if we needed fertilizer we called G.T. Shinkle and seed corn Forest Nikols and machinery [ Read More ]

Stopping the spread of zika

You have probably heard that the Zika virus is spread by mosquitos. Public health officials say it is spreading rapidly, and the World Health Organization calls it “a threat of alarming proportions.” It took 60 years for Zika to make it out of Africa, where it originated, to Asia, but just another eight to reach [ Read More ]

Extra work should equal extra pay

Right now, American workers know they’re working more than ever before and for less pay. Since the 1970s, middle class wages have stagnated, while the number of hours spent on the job has gone up. The salary threshold to be eligible for overtime pay hasn’t even come close to keeping pace with inflation, and that [ Read More ]

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