Opinion Archive

USDA comment period extended

There is still time to comment on three “Farmer Fair Practice Rules” introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December. The comment period has been extended to March 24. The interim and proposed rules level the playing field and would create much needed protections for poultry and livestock producers. Provisions include: Allowing [ Read More ]

Letter to the Editor:
An inmate tells his story of finding God while in prison

I want to talk to the alcoholic and drug addicts to encourage you there is a way out. I’m doing a six-year sentence because of alcohol. Alcohol is a drug, too, don’t forget. I tried killing myself many times. I been hurt multiple times in car crashes because of alcohol, not because I was driving, [ Read More ]

Brett Milam:
Who are you, reader of The Sun, and what do you want?

I’ve been doing this all wrong from the get-go. This column that is. When I took the editor position, I was informed that an expectation of the new editor was to write columns. I certainly like doing just that. And the obvious first column was to introduce myself to a new audience and let readers [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The incredible air fryer

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of an air fryer. During a conversation with a co-worker, she mentioned how much she loved cooking in her air fryer. “What’s an air fryer?” I asked. She said it was a cooking device that made fried foods without using cooking oil. She said it also [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Just one look let you know

There was a time not so long ago when a person could drive by a home and know for sure if that person had a television. Not that we wanted to hide this fact at all. As a matter of fact it was the opposite. When going past a home if you looked upward and [ Read More ]

Rural Constituents: It’s now time to call your legislature

By Stephanie Enloe, Center for Rural Affairs With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities. Here are some simple tips for calling your legislators. Before contacting your legislator, take five minutes to visit their website and learn about their party affiliation, their [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
With Randy Wayne White’s book, a storm is coming

A storm is coming. You feel it in the air, and you can smell it as thunder grumbles in the distance. ­ It was in the forecast, it was on today’s radar, but in the new novel “Mangrove Lightning” by Randy Wayne White, it’s been coming for generations. Gracie Barlow had never seen a bigger [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Reading this book is a lesson in learning how to listen

The examination wasn’t bad. The idea of it, perhaps, was worse. Your doctor took your vitals, looked in your mouth, felt around your jaw, and thumped your back. He asked questions, you answered, got down from the table, got dressed, and got your prescription. In and out in fifteen minutes but what just happened? After [ Read More ]

Rob Portman:
Connecting students with jobs

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch—often called the “skills gap”—is holding back our economy and keeping a lot of people from finding [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
I guess it was automated gate

My dad owned two farms on Fruit Ridge which by today’s standards were small farms but in the time he farmed it and then me it felt larger. Based on the size of acres a farmer could handle the farms were bigger. Now the farm house we lived in faced Fruit Ridge Road and was [ Read More ]


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