Opinion Archive

Thinking about health: Higher premiums are likely coming

An Indiana couple who wrote to me a few weeks ago has experienced the ups and downs of Obamacare, and they wanted me to know about one downside they now face—a monthly premium of $836. “No one should have to pay those high premiums unless you’re considered high class, and we aren’t,” the woman said. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Teacher’ a perfect back-to-school read

You can read! What a wonderful thing! You can write, too. Math skills come easily, you live with science, history is a passion of yours – and those are all skills that you weren’t born with. No, somebody had to teach you, and in the new book “Thank You, Teacher,” edited by Holly & Bruce [ Read More ]

Roadside memorials ease pain

For nearly 20 years, I have driven the same route to visit my parents. The drive is always peaceful and usually takes two hours. I rarely see anything extraordinary or unusual like strange animals or UFOs. But on my latest visit, I did notice some new roadside memorials. These can be seen along many different [ Read More ]

Breakfast always began the day

Any time I have the privilege to eat at Bob Evans or Cracker Barrel my mind immediately looks at the breakfast part of the menu. When I see bacon and eggs or biscuits and gravy along with pancakes or waffles my memory almost always locks in on the breakfasts I was served when I was [ Read More ]

Mentors important to child growth

Two years ago, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, with the goal of expanding opportunities for a group that is far too often left behind in this country – boys and young men of color. The President and his team have reached out to cities across the country, to find people committed to [ Read More ]

Keep Kids Drug-Free This Summer — Start Talking!

Summer break is upon us, and for tweens and teens this means no homework, plenty of free time and less supervision. While a majority of youth will find healthy ways to keep busy, some, unfortunately, will use their unsupervised freedom to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Now that your kids are no longer in school, [ Read More ]

Healthcare consumers get little help resolving their complaints

Who protects consumers of healthcare? Two recent emails from readers got me thinking about that question. I don’t mean consumers in their role as patients whose medical well-being is looked after by state medical boards and health departments that police doctors and hospitals. Those organizations don’t always do a perfect job protecting patients from harm, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Penn pens perfect ode to trees

Shade feels good right about now. Just sitting in it seems to lower your temperature by ten degrees. It calms you, too, and makes you feel drowsy. This time of year, the shade of a tree is a welcome thing and, as you’ll see in the new book “The Man Who Made Things Out of [ Read More ]

How good are UC’s Big 12 odds?

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor Eight soccer teams representing four different Clermont County schools made trips to Mason earlier this month for the Mason Pre-Season Soccer Classic, held at Heritage Oak Park. Two boys’ soccer teams, the Amelia Barons and Bethel-Tate Tigers, participated in the boys’ tournament July 15-17. Both teams fared well in their [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Can cats get heartworm?

The answer is an unequivocal yes but the feline situation is vastly different from the canine situation. While it is true that the feline infection is not as common as the canine infection, the feline infection has recently been found to be a much more widespread problem than previously believed. In the past, a common [ Read More ]

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