Opinion Archive

For bragging rights

Webster says that the term bragging rights is “a good reason to talk with pride about something you have done.” As a young boy onward it seemed that life on the farm was based always on competing for that defined right. It didn’t matter if it was who was the strongest and could skip a [ Read More ]

Thinking About Health: Obesity rates fall, still higher than in 1990

Is the message that the nation is getting too fat beginning to sink in? The answer is “yes but,” says the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, non-partisan group that aims to protect the health of communities and make disease prevention a national priority. And a study of healthcare quality and quantity across the nation [ Read More ]

Bixler runs for commissioner

My name is Tom Bixler and I am running for Clermont County Commissioner. Bob Proud is retiring as our County Commissioner and I am running to fill that position. Bob has been a great Commissioner that always helps our veterans and their families. He has always recognized veterans and thanked them for their service to [ Read More ]

Cleveland is where quarterbacks go to die

Last Sunday the Dallas Cowboys handed the Bengals their third loss. Of course it could be worse. You could be a Cleveland Browns fan. Last week was the perfect example. The Browns got blown out by a guy named Tom Brady, who had not played football in a month. The Browns also lost another quarterback [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
“Story Book Knight” perfect book for sharing

You love it when someone shares a book with you. Sharing a book is great for snuggling, for listening, laughing, or for settling down before bedtime. When you share a book you like, it makes everybody happy. And in the new book, “The Story Book Knight” by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty, it might save [ Read More ]

When our sons become men

Last Saturday, I attended my son Tim’s wedding. He married his sweetheart Erin. Watching him vow to honor her brought back memories. When I got married in 1997, Tim was my best man. And now nearly twenty years later, I stood with him at his wedding. Tim chose his brother, my youngest son, to be [ Read More ]

Write-in Everhard

Woe to those of us who live in Ohio’s Second Congressional District, for the November ballot gives us a very bleak choice. The incumbent, Brad Wenstrup, is a 4-year member of the least productive Congress in history. The Democratic challenger, William Smith, is a shadow candidate with no experience who simply runs because he can. [ Read More ]

Why this Democrat wants a strong Republican party

I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But none of this means that I favor a weak Republican Party. Indeed, just the opposite. [ Read More ]

Historic past, bright future

As I sit here at my business in the village of Batavia, I can look out my front windows and see the beauty of Main Street. A street rich in history and ominousness. Maybe it is the abandoned buildings that stand in the history of a yesterday that gives off this ominous feeling. It is [ Read More ]

The best of times

I have always felt that I have enjoyed every year of my life so far to what I felt were my best efforts. There is no promise from one year until the next we will be here to experience a year better than all the ones that we have had so far. Sure, there are [ Read More ]

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