Opinion Archive

BICENTENNIAL
Courthouse debate started in 1823

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. By Rick Crawford Oddly enough, Clermont County’s civil war is a well-kept secret, but for those aware of the tale it is legendary. Like last week’s telling of the Milford bridge incident, it is not known how [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Across Ohio, good stories not hard to find

By Rob Portman Turn on the news or open a paper and it seems as though the world is falling apart. From gridlock in Washington to chaos in the Middle East to war and tragedy in eastern Ukraine, bad news dominates the airwaves. But I am privileged in my job as your senator to work [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Remembering Batavia’s founding father

By George Brown A light fog drifted over the waters of the East Fork as the sun’s morning rays filtered through the dense forest canopy. The only sound that could be heard for miles around was a mixed melody produced by the scores of song birds that filled the giant trees – and giants they [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Treating increasing opiate addiction in Ohio communities

By Sherrod Brown Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘A Wolf Called Romeo’ is a book animal-lovers will enjoy

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your dog just can’t get enough of “catch.” Yes, he has plenty of toys, and just picking one up incites a glint-eyed round of the game. Nothing, apparently, is better than snatching something from the air. He’d play til he dropped, if you’d let him. Some dogs love a ball. Some dogs [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Can your cat get heartworm? The answer may surprise you

By Dr. Dan Meakin The answer is an unequivocal yes but the feline situation is vastly different from the canine situation. While it is true that the feline infection is not as common as the canine infection, the feline infection has recently been found to be a much more widespread problem than previously believed. In [ Read More ]

BICENTENNIAL
The boys leave for ‘Over There’

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. The late Rosanna Hoberg, author, was a columnist and reporter for The Clermont Sun. This column was published in 1964. By Rosanna Hoberg Batavia in the late 1800s had four manufacturing machine shops, two foundries, a brick [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A pilgrim’s visit to Rooks Hollow

By George Brown Feeling much in need of clearing the cobwebs from my mind, early last Friday morning I embarked on a 10 mile loop hike at East Fork State Park. I began at the Corps of Engineer’s visitors center by the dam. I won’t lie to you, my midpoint destination was the home of [ Read More ]

DOUG GREEN
House Bill 488 sets veterans up for success

By Doug Green Last month, Governor Kasich signed into law House Bill 488, legislation that significantly and positively benefits servicemen and women. The bill allows such individuals to gain college or vocational credit from military training and experience. Each and every day the men and women in the United States Armed Forces receive diverse and [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

By Sherrod Brown To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax. This practice, which occurs across [ Read More ]


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