Opinion Archive

Rick Houser:
When a wrong was a right

As we all learn or have already learned sometimes what appears to be wrong can turn out to be way better than you ever thought it would be. This happened to my brother and me one year when we were farming. I had just graduated from high school and Ben was preparing to go back [ Read More ]

Rep. Brad Wenstrup:
Answering your questions on the House healthcare bill

Emails, letters, social media comments, and phone calls have poured into my office over the past weeks, as the House debated and then passed the American Health Care Act. Some of them express support. Some express anger and frustration. The majority include questions and concerns. With that in mind, I wanted to take a few [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
Novel offers the ‘most appealing main character’

You almost can’t believe your Mom saved them. File upon file, chronologically ordered, neatly preserved, every drawing you ever did, from the time you could hold a crayon until the day you graduated. Senseless scribbles, things that hung on the refrigerator, she saved them all. And, as in the new novel, “The Garden of Small [ Read More ]

State Rep. John Becker:
Free markets needed solution for the energy sector

As a conservative Republican, one of the guiding principles behind my decisions regarding policy changes and reforms is smaller government and less government intervention. One of the founding theories that constitutes that belief is laissez-faire, or the philosophy of minimal governmental interference in the economy. In the Ohio House, I support initiatives that encourage economic [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
National Geographic book is the cat’s meow

You finished your homework last night, but just barely. You’re almost ashamed to admit it, but you got caught up watching kitten videos and that almost derailed your evening. You couldn’t stop viewing those adorable whiskered faces or those sweet little kitty paws – which means you’re really gonna like “Cat Tales” by Aline Alexander [ Read More ]

Sen. Rob Portman:
Two ways Congress can ease student debt burdens

Millions of middle-class families across the country are feeling squeezed, with wages that haven’t recovered from the recession, and costs of living going up. One of the fastest growing expenses for middle-class families is the rising cost of going to college. According to the federal Department of Labor, the price of college tuition grew by [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Nothing is greater than a mother’s love

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday. For companies that make candy and cards, Mother’s Day is their most profitable holiday. Sure, Christmas and Thanksgiving are great, but they pale in comparison to Mother’s Day. So what makes Mother’s Day so special? Here’s what I love about Mother’s Day. It’s the [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
The screen looked so huge to me

I know I spend a lot of my time dwelling on the fact I was born and raised up a farm boy and how great the rural world is. I still feel that way but even though I am right going to town for something other than supplies was almost unheard of. That is unless [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
A president struggling to get on track

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet I also believe that constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable. It’s in this spirit that I want [ Read More ]

Letter to the Editor:
A thank you to corrections officers

May 7th – 13th is National Correctional Officer Week. On behalf of the Office of Clermont County, Ohio, Sheriff, I thank each and every one of you for your excellent service on behalf of the people of this county. You are special men and women with extra ordinary interpersonal skills: patience, understanding, dedication to duty, [ Read More ]


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