Opinion Archive

MARC HOOVER
Why does the racial divide in America continue to grow?

Last week was a bloody one for Dallas police officers. A former soldier named Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on police officers at a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. The event was peaceful until Johnson fired at police officers from a parking garage. Johnson shot twelve officers and two pedestrians. Unfortunately, five officers didn’t [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Keeping your pet well all year long

One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is through prevention and routine wellness checks. At All Creatures we have developed a wellness program perfect for your pet and your budget.  Some of the details are below, and much more will be on our website and in our hospital moving forward.  But for [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Untethered’ looks at family ties

Oh, the ties that bind. Be they familial, friendly, or formal, the relationships you’ve made in your lifetime have given you many interesting days filled with ups and down. But, really: would you ever have it any other way? Of course not, unless, as in the new novel “Untethered” by Julie Lawson Timmer, one of [ Read More ]

GARTH SHANKLIN
‘Save America’s Pastime Act’ bad for game

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor Let’s play a quick word association game. I’ll throw out a word, you tell me your first thoughts that come to mind. Ready? Here we go! The word is: Congress. Now, if you’re like most people, the words you immediately thought of weren’t very nice. Synonyms of useless, spineless, slow-acting, [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The ghosts of Gettysburg

On Monday, Americans celebrated Independence Day. The special day celebrates America’s separation from England after the Revolutionary War. However, July is also the anniversary of another battle for freedom. On July 1-3, 1863, friends, brothers and fathers fought one other at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The South’s crushing defeat at Gettysburg would be their worst loss in [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
The choice has always been our own

Many times I have stated that I was raised a country boy and that my dad was a farmer who raised a considerable amount of Burley Tobacco or, as we referred to it, “cash crop.” I’m not too sure how or why but when I moved into my teens my interest in using tobacco products [ Read More ]

Knowing livestock tampering laws helps keep animals in competition

Summer marks the beginning of fair season – a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting. As these hard working kids gear up to show their animals, I want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering rules so [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
Voting should be easy for the eligible

The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super-delegates made its nominating process a “rigged system.” For many voters, the intricacies of voting rules quickly became a topic of overriding [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Paws’ is a great read for dog lovers

To you, your dog is a hero. Nobody else protects you from spiders and shadows. Nobody does a better job of warning you about summer storms or friends a-knocking. You need to give pats and get kisses to feel safe, and in “Paws of Courage” by Nancy Furstinger, you’ll see how some dogs go even [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Community should support West Clermont teachers

Dear editor, It is my belief that the foundation of a community is built and influenced by those who care, the individuals that dedicate time and effort toward bettering the future of tomorrow — our kids. The popular saying, “the children are the future of tomorrow,” couldn’t be more true. In a time of cultural [ Read More ]


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