Opinion Archive

Think about your learning

It’s back-to-school time.  The stores have had their sales, many college students have already packed up their parents’ SUVs, and soon yellow school buses will be a common sight on the road. If you have kids preparing for school-and even if you don’t-this is a good time for you to think about your own learning [ Read More ]

Congress should get back to work to combat zika

It has been more than 165 days since President Obama requested emergency funding to fight Zika. Yet unlike during previous public health crises, Congress has failed to rise to the occasion. As experts warned of more cases on the way, Congress shamefully packed up and left for the summer without taking action on emergency funding [ Read More ]

Don’t let Reds’ woes tarnish Votto’s streak

Warning: contents of this article may be flammable. It is recommended readers use caution when reading about Joey Votto’s last few months at the plate, since the likelihood of the newspaper itself catching on fire is extremely high. Let’s jump back to May, before Bengals rookies starting dropping like flies in training camp. Two injured [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Dog Medicine’ shows you aren’t alone

The doctor said you need a prescription. She said you’ll feel better after you rest, scribbled a bunch of symbols on a paper, and told you to follow directions: four medicines, four times a day for four days. It should work. You’ll heal. But, as in the new book “Dog Medicine” by Julie Barton, the [ Read More ]

The return of the latest cicada brood

What has five eyes and resembles something straight from an old Ed Wood monster movie? If you live in certain parts of Ohio, you already know it’s a cicada. Your ears and eyes have probably warned you that the latest brood has arrived. I can remember my first experience with cicadas back in 2004. I [ Read More ]

Our search never ended

In July 1975 my wife Sharon and I bought a two bedroom ranch home that was located on the corner of Felicity Higginsport and Smyrna Road. My folks had sold the farm and of course the home that we were living in so moving was more than just a want to it was also a [ Read More ]

A better way to fight poverty

You don’t have to look very far, from any spot in America, to see what poverty looks like. For many in poverty, another way of life is something on TV and seemingly not obtainable. In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” While [ Read More ]

Thinking about health: A “breakthrough” drug may not be as great as it sounds

A story in The Guardian, a British news outlet that now has a publishing arm in the U.S., grabbed my attention. The headline read, “Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer’s on the verge of a breakthrough.” Really? Now, I’ve written about this stuff long enough to know the word “breakthrough” is a red flag. Anyone who [ Read More ]

Addressing the threat from superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant, so-called “super bugs” are an increasingly dangerous threat to Ohioans. In 2013, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report estimated that more than 2 million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year – and they can be deadly for tens of thousands of patients. These infections are painful and difficult to treat, and [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Niagara Gorge

Living in southwest Ohio gives us the benefit of being in a great central location where a day’s drive in any direction can take us to some pretty amazing places. One such place is the ever popular Niagara Falls. We decided to stay on the Canadian side of the falls to take advantage of some [ Read More ]

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