Opinion Archive

LEE HAMILTON
Washington’s latest deal: Little cause for celebration

By Lee Hamilton You can understand why President Obama and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle sought to cast their end-of-October budget deal in the best possible light. They avoided a potentially catastrophic national default. They reduced the possibility of a government shutdown. And they raised the debt ceiling until March, 2017, taking [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Does my dog have arthritis?

By Dr. Dan Meakin ARTHRITIS is also known by the medical term “Osteoarthritis.” It is a disease resulting in degeneration of one or more joints of the body. Reasons joints become affected with arthritis include injury, birth defects resulting in malformation, and aging. As a result of whatever the cause, the slick surface of the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Book makes the kids table sound fun

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Grandma is the best cook ever! She’s second only to Mom, who makes your favorite foods every day. Oh, what about Dad’s special mashed potatoes, and you really love Auntie’s sprinkle cookies! You’ll get to taste every one of those things soon – but where will you sit while you’re eating? Find [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Wake Up’ is fresh motivation

Every day, you make countless little choices. Get outta bed or go back to sleep? What’s for breakfast? Blue tie or black shirt? Which project first, what’s for lunch, dinner, after dinner, what to watch, read, discuss? All day long, you choose one thing over another; in fact, Michael Strahan says that “the average American [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Just leaf me out of it

As fall gets closer to its’ end and winters’ start the caretaking of the world is winding down. One of the last chores I can think of is gatering and disposing of the leaves. Those trees that began as trees budding and bursting into green have do0ne their swan song and have gone to the [ Read More ]

MARK HOOVER
Can gun control be legislated without first legislating morality?

You want to get an American citizen riled up? Tell him or her you think the government should be the only ones with guns. For second amendment supporters, those are fighting words. Many of us still remember the larger-than-life headlines involving the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, will [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Retirees deserve their benefits

To the Editor: Last December a lame duck congress jeopardized the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of retirees by rolling back a decades old provision preventing cuts to promised retiree benefits. Our nation’s retirees deserve to have the benefits they earned and were promised for years of loyalty and service to their employers. Right now [ Read More ]

MATT BEAMER
Thank you, Union Township

I would like to thank my family, friends and voters for your support again. Experience does matter to the taxpayers. I’m just thrilled with the results. We will continue the forward motion that started four years ago. I look forward to the opening of new Eastgate Brew and View, the new Mercy Health, the expansion [ Read More ]

ERIC FERRY
Thank you, Miami Township

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to the residents of Miami Township who voted on November 3rd. The duties of the Fiscal Officer have significant and serious responsibilities, and it is an honor and privilege to be able to continue to serve the citizens of Miami Township in that capacity. [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Honoring Service and Sacrifice this Veterans Day

Veterans Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the First World War. On November 11, 1918 the Allied Nations and Germany agreed to end hostilities, paving the way for the Treaty of Versailles to officially end World War I. Following World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day [ Read More ]


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