Opinion Archive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Free tax help programs seek volunteers in Clermont County

Dear Editor, U.S. taxpayers have filed more than 145 million federal individual income tax returns in 2015. Thanks to supporters of the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, some 3.7 million of those tax returns nationwide – more than 1,200 in Clermont County – were [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
America should have universal health care

Dear Editor, My friend died last night. I found him early this morning. Todd Matthew Williams was just 51. He suffered from congestive heart failure – at least that’s what we guessed. Despite a life of work – six years in the US Army, several years teaching Native American children on a reservation in South [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
An important victory for Ohio’s waterways

Freshwater reserves that provide drinking water to millions of people in Ohio are under threat from toxins carried by the spread of algal blooms creating a serious public health concern. Unfortunately, a lot of Ohioans are already familiar with the health risks these toxins present. This month is the one year anniversary of the Toledo [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ohioans shouldn’t be left in the dark on trade deals

NAFTA. CAFTA. Trade relations with China. Ohioans have seen first-hand what so-called free trade agreements have done to our state and our economy. Bad deals have closed factories, torn apart families, and devastated communities. Americans have every right to be skeptical of new trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the largest trade deal [ Read More ]

Zoned Out report discusses zoning standards and wind

By Lu Nelsen, lucasn@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Over the past few years we have seen tremendous growth in the efficiency, effectiveness, and use of wind power. In our report Zoned Out, we analyzed different approaches to zoning commercial wind energy systems. The report (http://www.cfra.org/zoned-out-wind-energy-analysis) also broke down the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Judge This’ helps you better understand why sometimes you should judge a book by its cover

By Terri Schlichenmeyer How will you be seen? That’s a big concern for you on many days: will your mode of dress impress or are you feeling frumpy? Can a strong handshake overcome onions for lunch? There are, of course, no second chances at a first impression, and in “Judge This” by Chip Kidd, you’ll [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Cat scratch fever can infect you or your cat

By Dr. Dan Meakin Ted Nugent made cat scratch fever (actually called cat scratch disease) nearly a household name with his song in the late seventies, but most people still know little about this infection other than it involves a fever spread by cat scratches. In fact, it involves infection by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae, which [ Read More ]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I did not see a section called letters to the editor and am not sure if you invite public commentary but the following letter describes my feeling on the heron problem you have written about in the past. The two involved in the burglary of my home and are now guests of the [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Protecting Ohio’s drinking water

Around this time last year, 500,000 Ohioans in the Toledo area were forced to go without safe drinking water. They were warned they couldn’t drink the tap water in their own homes. This is something no family should have to go through, and that should not be happening in our state. Cities and towns across [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
Where the presidency is headed

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position [ Read More ]


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