Opinion Archive

RICK HOUSER
A Birthday Party! Really?

As we all know and in most cases take for granted the day we arrived on this planet comes around annually. These days I feel there is more emphasis put on a person’s birthday than when I was growing up. I am not saying if this is right or wrong or bad or good, I’m [ Read More ]

BRAD WENSTRUP
STEVE CHABOT
Responsibility and reality: A gun ban will do more harm than good

Repeated terror attacks in our homeland have Americans on edge, and understandably so. The pain and concern are palpable. Since 2009, we have seen terror attacks in Little Rock, Fort Hood, Oklahoma, Boston, Chattanooga, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. We have also seen mass shootings in Colorado, Connecticut, and Charleston. Some of these attacks were [ Read More ]

GARTH SHANKLIN
What will the 2017 Reds look like?

I had the chance to catch a bit of Reds baseball this weekend, and for the most part I was glad I was finally able to sit down and watch some of the games, not because of what the team was doing on the field, but because this past weekend was all about celebrating the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Grunt’ gives readers a tour through the science of war

Thank you for your service. You’ve said that many times recently, and meant every word to every soldier. Thank you for keeping us protected. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for your sacrifice. And once you’ve read “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach, you’ll also thank those who serve [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Fast Facts: Tick and mosquito-bourne diseases

• Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick and can be found in every U.S. state and Canadian province. Dogs are 50 percent more likely than people to contract Lyme disease. • Anaplasmosis is also transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick and is a common co-infection with Lyme disease. [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Summer break should not mean going hungry

For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbecues. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents work or how to feed children nutritious meals without the school lunches they count on throughout the rest of [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Washington tells us our electric bills will rise

Dear Editor, Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a stay on President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” (CPP.) Essentially, the High Court determined that states shouldn’t be compelled to incur the hefty costs of closing down their coal-fired power plants before the case is fully litigated. Federal number crunchers at the Energy Information Administration have [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Juneteenth – What history can teach us

Dear editor, Everyone knows July 4th is America’s birthday – the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of a nation where “all men are created equal.” But four million African-American slaves would wait another 89 years to taste freedom – until June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth) when victorious Union [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
And the beat goes on

When I was a little boy back in the 50s we had my grandma Houser’s Victrola and I was fascinated by it. A Victrola was an early version of entertainment where a record made of shellac and rough vinyl had sound and music recorded on it by a needle that followed a continuos grove that [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Will more gun laws make America safer?

Last week, Omar Mateen entered an Orlando nightclub and ruthlessly murdered 49 people before he was killed. So how does this happen? After all, we live in America. Everyone wants to live in America. People sacrifice their lives to get into this country. As great as we are, we cannot stop terrorism or gun violence. [ Read More ]


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