Opinion Archive

Fighting the War on Poverty 50 years later

By Sherrod Brown Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his State of the Union Address, saying “Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.” He later echoed those statements in May of [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Invention of Wings’ is the year’s first great novel

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your best friend has been all a-flutter about something lately. You haven’t seen much of her, in fact. She’s been sticking close to her nest but that’s okay. Next time you get together, it’ll be just like you were never apart. That’s the way a long-time friendship is: no matter how much [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Your pet’s senior years start at the age of seven

By Dr. Dan Meakin Did you know your pets’ senior years start at age seven? Frequently asked vet questions: My pet’s always been healthy. Why should I worry now that they’re a little older? Just like people, your cat’s or dog’s health will change as it ages. And because pets age faster than people, major [ Read More ]

Batavia’s gold rush

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. Peter A. Barnes, writer, consultant and a Batavia native, now lives near Milford pursuing his life-long interest in local history. By Peter A. Barnes The California gold rush that began in 1849 drew many Midwesterners to the [ Read More ]

Columnist has an encounter with the hobbits of Eastfork

By George Brown This was no ordinary backpack adventure, even though there was no need to fear an encounter with ferocious beasts. The only wildlife to be seen were gray squirrels, a few whitetails that bounded away at the sound of my boots, and a red tailed hawk that glared from a tree as I [ Read More ]

Court considers church property tax-exempt status

By Paul Pfeifer Should land that is owned by a church and is open to public recreation be tax exempt? That’s the question that we had to answer in a case that came before us here – at the Ohio Supreme Court. The case involved a church in Akron called The Chapel. Founded in 1934, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Cold weather considerations for your pets and wildlife

By Dr. Dan Meakin Winter can be a very strenuous time for dogs and cats, especially those that live outdoors. There are a number of things you can do to help your pets avoid health problems during the cold months of the year. 1. Outdoor dogs and cats need a dry, insulated pet house or [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Thicket’ is a down-and-dirty, enjoyable, modern day western

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You know who your friends are. They’re the ones who keep your secrets, or your car keys when you need them to. They’ll loan you five minutes or five dollars, tell you when your ideas are good and your breath is bad, and can be counted on, but never out. You’d like [ Read More ]

The homecoming and the school

Batavia will celebrate its bicentennial year in 2014, 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 written in 1964. By Rosanna Hoberg Chronicling his experiences in the Mexican War in a book he published in [ Read More ]

Ten thousand trails both far and near are calling

By George Brown The reflections I share here are inspired by two books I recently read. One was about hiking the Appalachian Trail, (the AT) and the other about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (the PCT). As some readers may know, the AT extends 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, passing through 14 states along [ Read More ]

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