Opinion Archive

RICK HOUSER
I baled hay when the sun shone

My birthday is June 23 and I was always told that the day I was born Dad and the neighbors were baling hay. With each year it seemed we were always baling hay. This always brought the same response that I was born when they were baling hay. So it came as no surprise that [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Muhammad Ali: The passing of a legend

Last week, we lost the legendary Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.). He was buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in his beloved hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Ali will now share eternity with Harlan Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. As a child, I can remember being in awe of Ali. He was [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Williamsburg to Batavia Hike Bike Trail

If you plan to walk on the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike Bike Trail, for even a short distance, come prepared. The trail begins at the end of Broadway Road in Williamsburg, and ends after six miles at Zagar Road in Batavia, and when it is finished, it will be a 13 mile trail between the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Lyme Disease – What is it?

Lyme Disease is a disease caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease in people begins with fatigue, headache, and often a characteristic rash. If left untreated, the disease may progress to include cardiac, neurolgic, and arthritic signs. Diseased pets will often only show arthritic signs, which may occur with fatigue and reluctance to [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Harambe the gorilla: Did he have to die?

On May 28, the Cincinnati Zoo faced a serious problem. A four-year-old child named Isiah Gregg had fallen into the zoo’s gorilla enclosure. Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla then grabbed the boy and dragged him around by the leg. The boy could have easily suffered life threatening injuries. Zoo officials responded with lethal force and [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
The men to go to

I was thinking the other day about my years on the farm and how we had to connect with a sources outside of the farm. What I mean is if we needed feed we went to the Farm Bureau, and if we needed fertilizer we called G.T. Shinkle and seed corn Forest Nikols and machinery [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Stopping the spread of zika

You have probably heard that the Zika virus is spread by mosquitos. Public health officials say it is spreading rapidly, and the World Health Organization calls it “a threat of alarming proportions.” It took 60 years for Zika to make it out of Africa, where it originated, to Asia, but just another eight to reach [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Extra work should equal extra pay

Right now, American workers know they’re working more than ever before and for less pay. Since the 1970s, middle class wages have stagnated, while the number of hours spent on the job has gone up. The salary threshold to be eligible for overtime pay hasn’t even come close to keeping pace with inflation, and that [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Quiet Power’ empowers the introverts

Shhhhhhh. It seems that a lot of kids need to hear that, but “hush” is never something you need to be told twice. You’re naturally a kid who’s kinda quiet, one who rarely raises a hand in class or makes a fuss about anything. Sure, you do alright in school, but you’d just as soon [ Read More ]

GARTH SHANKLIN
Bearcats on right path for Big 12 bid

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor It’s been the dark cloud hovering over Clifton since before the American Athletic Conference introduced itself to the world back in 2013. As soon as Louisville and West Virginia announced their intent to bolt from the Big East, fans and friends of the University of Cincinnati’s athletic programs began to [ Read More ]


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