Opinion Archive

Fueling our kids and the future: school lunches

By Sandra Renner, sandrar@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Farm to School Project Specialist In the past three decades, much has changed in our food system and society. Schools aren’t purchasing as many fresh foods, yet they have more nutrition requirements to fill. Schools got away from purchasing locally. The number of local farms to purchase [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
I’m not sure if it was the chicken or if it was the egg

As I have said I was raised in a family that farmed. We raised lots of tobacco, corn, wheat, hay and livestock. But unlike a lot of farmers my dad felt a family farm meant just that. Each of us was allotted a crop of tobacco and we all then had to work as a [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Novelist writes a romance novel within the genre

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The issue you wrestle with is a thorny one. It’s been literally hanging over your head for days: does mistletoe require you to kiss someone, or is nose-rubbing permissible? Will a firm handshake be sufficient, or does protocol demand something more lipstick-laden? And, as in the new novel “The Mistletoe Inn” by [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Nothing compared to our walks

By Rick Houser I can’t swear to it but, to me taking a walk besides being healthy for a person, taking a walk is also about taking in as much as you can take in with your eyes, ears and nose and the conclusion is it is almost impossible to top this world. Being a [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Health Dept has too much leverage

To The Editor: I would like to address these comments to the Clermont County Health Department. Clermont County will not allow on-site aerobic systems. Their argument is that if the pump quits working, raw sewage would be released. They tell us they don’t have enough manpower to check these systems. That makes sense (not really). [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
My Bad “Black Friday” Flashbacks

To The Editor: The annual shopping frenzy called “Black Friday” is now history; this wild, wacky day shopaholics love to celebrate with a shopping spree. But for my family it brings flashbacks of sickness, sorrow, and suffering. Black Friday 2006 was the day that our 2 yr old granddaughter named Rebecca was diagnosed with ALL [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
All children go to heaven

On November 14, 2015, an unthinkable crime shocked the community of Scottsville, Kentucky. Amy and Brian Doolin attended a football game with Gabriella, their 7-year-old daughter. Alec, 11, the Doolin’s son was scheduled to play that evening. However, sometime during the game, Gabriella vanished. By Marc Hoover After Amy Doolin contacted the police, a frantic [ Read More ]

MARK CALITRI
The shiny red tomato!

By Mark Calitri I’m excited to announce the grass is steadily growing at Clermont County’s newest sports park opening in 2016 at the Red Barn facility in Batavia. We are ready to begin hosting big time sporting events and welcoming thousands of athletes, their families, and the substantial amount of money they will spend in [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Building a foundation for those who are in need

By Rob Portman “As we count our blessing this year, let’s also think about others who have fallen on hard times and be thankful for groups like Habitat who are there to help families get back on their feet.” Earlier this fall, I worked alongside fellow Ohioans with Habitat for Humanity to build a home [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Learn how Santa makes his business run smootly

The holidays couldn’t get any busier. Between mandatory-attendance parties, decorating your home, buying gifts, wrapping them, and getting your cards out in time, your plate is full and you still have a business to run. Don’t pout – instead see how The Big Guy does it by reading “The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus” by [ Read More ]


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