Opinion Archive

Students need more recess time

Dear Editor: What’s the old saw? It’s eight o’clock: do you know where your children are? How about this instead: it’s recess time. Do you know how long your kid has? With education initiatives growing ever more important and plentiful, recess in elementary school has shrunk appreciably from what readers may recall. Recess twice a [ Read More ]

Remembering veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice

Memorial Day 2016 arrives on Monday. It’s a holiday that remembered Union soldiers who died during the Civil War. Eventually, the holiday honored veterans of all foreign wars. Last September, I visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam War Memorial. The cemetery is the final resting place for soldiers from the Civil War and other [ Read More ]

The place to be!

Early in the 1970’s the president passed the “Beautification Act”. This was for the preparation of the United States for the Bicentennial in 1976. Part of the act ask towns across the country to clean and paint up their towns for the big celebration and one way of getting the community all involved was for [ Read More ]

Controlling college costs crucial

Holding roundtables across our state is one of the most important things I do in the Senate — it gives me a chance to meet with and hear the stories of Ohioans of all backgrounds, and to gather new ideas. One of the early ideas that came out of these roundtables was the Ohio College [ Read More ]

Face facts, Reds aren’t winning in 2016

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor I had the pleasure of returning to my alma mater this past weekend to attend graduation. It’s been a year since I walked across the stage at Bradley, so once the opportunity arose for me to go back and support my friends who remained it was a no-brainer. Sitting in [ Read More ]

“Healthy Ohio Plan” is not healthy

Dear Editor: The Ohio Department of Medicaid held a hearing recently on the proposed Healthy Ohio plan which would fundamentally alter the aid that so many of my fellow citizens need. This is just another conservative attempt to undermine the progress made through the Affordable Care Act and to nickel and dime those who need [ Read More ]

Letter makes good points, but misses the solution

Paul, I thought you made some good points about raising taxes, closing tax loopholes, etc. in last week’s Clermont Sun letter to the editor and you pointed out the dastardly Republicans in Congress who refuse to do something about this problem. However, you completely missed the solution, and that is President Obama can issue executive [ Read More ]

Protecting America’s National Parks

Recently, my family and I had the privilege of touring some of Ohio’s most historic sites—the Dayton home and shop of the Wright Brothers. It was inspiring for all of us to see where two Ohio brothers who changed the world forever worked and lived an otherwise ordinary life. Thanks to the National Park Service, [ Read More ]

Those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public [ Read More ]

The attic room

All the talking about the family farm and the one piece I have mostly left out was our house. Yes the house. Only the heart and brain of a farm’s operations. I have touched on the kitchen often but stop pedthere. Well now is the time to try to explain the Houser homestead. From all [ Read More ]

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