Opinion Archive

In memory of Jacob Wettering

After nearly thirty years, the mystery of Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance is over. Jerry and Patty Wetterling have finally learned what happened to their missing son. On Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob, his younger brother and a friend had rode their bikes to a local convenience store to rent a video. Minutes after leaving the store, a [ Read More ]

When a spud wasn’t a dud

I feel certain that I have written about the big gardens that my parents would put out every year at our farm on Fruit Ridge Road. Since many meals and, most times, large meals were prepared a large amount of a vegetables were planted so a large yield could be anticipated. Mom caned many quarts [ Read More ]

Return of the football widow

The 2016 NFL season officially starts tonight with a rematch between the Broncos and Panthers, who played in last season’s Super Bowl. Not only does America love the NFL, but they also love high school football and college football. Every year, professional football opens on Thursday, high school kids play on Fridays and then college [ Read More ]

The truth behind the Zika funding delays

Fears are rising as the Zika virus has become a national concern. Nearly three months ago, my colleagues and I in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to help combat the virus, which is borne by mosquitos and can cause serious birth defects and other conditions if contracted during pregnancy. Yet Americans are [ Read More ]

Social media’s challenge to democracy

I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime, and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years. There’s one question, I think, that I’ve heard more than any other: “If I want to be an informed citizen, which sources of information should I consult?” For many years, I [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Gauche Park

If you haven’t heard of Gauche Park, it’s not because it’s nothing special, in fact, it is very special and is well worth a visit. Located at 410 South Broadway St., Owensville, OH, 45160, a ‘Gauche Park’ street sign identifies the turn off South Broadway St. (Rt. 276), leading you to a nicely paved parking [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Whisperin’ Bill’ a hit for country fans

The song’s been hooked in your brain now for three days. Every time your head’s been idle for two seconds, you catch yourself humming snatches of it. That song kept you awake because someone wrote a melody-hook you can’t forget. And, as you’ll see in “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson” by Bill Anderson with Peter Cooper, somebody [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Puppy basics: How to raise a good dog

Puppies are extremely impressionable.  How you train and socialize your new pet will have dramatic and long lasting effects.  You can make your puppy a better pet and prevent behavior problems by following these guidelines: Housebreaking Establish a routine. Keep the pup’s meals regularly scheduled to encourage more predictable elimination patterns. Take your pup out every [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Meditations’ helps calm the caregivers among us

The answer could only be “yes.” Still, it was the hardest decision you’ ve ever made. You couldn’t do it – but then again, you could- n’t not: Dad fell, then he fell ill and your home was the logical place for him to be. You’ve had help, naturally, but you could always use more [ Read More ]

Colin Kaepernick: The NFL’s Rosa Parks?

During a preseason game, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem. He offered his reason to the media. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He added, “There are bodies in [ Read More ]

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