Opinion Archive

GARTH SHANKLIN
Don’t let Reds’ woes tarnish Votto’s streak

Warning: contents of this article may be flammable. It is recommended readers use caution when reading about Joey Votto’s last few months at the plate, since the likelihood of the newspaper itself catching on fire is extremely high. Let’s jump back to May, before Bengals rookies starting dropping like flies in training camp. Two injured [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Dog Medicine’ shows you aren’t alone

The doctor said you need a prescription. She said you’ll feel better after you rest, scribbled a bunch of symbols on a paper, and told you to follow directions: four medicines, four times a day for four days. It should work. You’ll heal. But, as in the new book “Dog Medicine” by Julie Barton, the [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The return of the latest cicada brood

What has five eyes and resembles something straight from an old Ed Wood monster movie? If you live in certain parts of Ohio, you already know it’s a cicada. Your ears and eyes have probably warned you that the latest brood has arrived. I can remember my first experience with cicadas back in 2004. I [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Our search never ended

In July 1975 my wife Sharon and I bought a two bedroom ranch home that was located on the corner of Felicity Higginsport and Smyrna Road. My folks had sold the farm and of course the home that we were living in so moving was more than just a want to it was also a [ Read More ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
A better way to fight poverty

You don’t have to look very far, from any spot in America, to see what poverty looks like. For many in poverty, another way of life is something on TV and seemingly not obtainable. In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” While [ Read More ]

TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Thinking about health: A “breakthrough” drug may not be as great as it sounds

A story in The Guardian, a British news outlet that now has a publishing arm in the U.S., grabbed my attention. The headline read, “Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer’s on the verge of a breakthrough.” Really? Now, I’ve written about this stuff long enough to know the word “breakthrough” is a red flag. Anyone who [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Addressing the threat from superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant, so-called “super bugs” are an increasingly dangerous threat to Ohioans. In 2013, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report estimated that more than 2 million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year – and they can be deadly for tens of thousands of patients. These infections are painful and difficult to treat, and [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Niagara Gorge

Living in southwest Ohio gives us the benefit of being in a great central location where a day’s drive in any direction can take us to some pretty amazing places. One such place is the ever popular Niagara Falls. We decided to stay on the Canadian side of the falls to take advantage of some [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Rain’ will leave you in a puddle

Rain, rain, go away. That never worked, did it? You could chant those four words all you want, trying to keep your picnic, reunion, or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up and there you were. Rain, rain, go away – unless, as in the new novel “I Will Send Rain” by Rae [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Cat scratch fever – you and your cat

Ted Nugent made cat scratch fever, actually called cat scratch disease, nearly a household name with his song in the late seventies. However, most people still know little about this infection other than that it involves a fever spread by cat scratches. It actually involves infection by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae, which is spread [ Read More ]


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