Opinion Archive

Marc Hoover:
The controversial transgender soldier in the U.S. military

Donald Trump recently posted to Twitter that transgender people will no longer be permitted to join the military. And you can just bet that Trump’s administration is working on making it official. The reasoning is because President Trump doesn’t think the government should be spending tax dollars on any expenses associated with gender change. The [ Read More ]

Rep. John Becker:
Building a better education experience for our students

It is no secret that our current standards in our local school districts are overreaching, overbearing and overburdening. As a staunch conservative, I have long been an advocate for abolishing federally-driven mandates and replacing them with locally-developed strategies. The ultimate solution requires a complete overhaul at all levels. The Ohio House is currently considering two [ Read More ]

Hicks: I was shutdown and removed from the meeting

I am Chris Hicks. I live at 444 Woodwick Court, Cincinnati Ohio 45255. At the end of the July 26, 2017 Commissioner’s meeting, Commissioner Uible opened the floor saying “We are at the public participation section of the meeting. Any public participation.” When I attempted to exercise not just my 1st and 14th Amendment rights [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
They say you learn something new every day…

It’s going to be a great day. You woke up this morning (always a good thing) and you’ve got big plans, which is exciting. There’s food in the fridge, gas in the tank, and a roof over your head. Today’s going to be a great day – which could often be said throughout history, as [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover
Remembering the master of horror

On July 16, we lost George Romero—a true legend. Among horror fans, Romero was a key figure in the monster genre. Fans will always remember him as the man who created the flesh eating zombie. In 1968, Romero directed the zombie flick that would launch our fascination with zombies that used to be our neighbors, [ Read More ]

Haddon Lockyer:
4 Years Comic

This comic strip, “4 Years,” is an almost-weekly series by 11-year-old Haddon Lockyer of Batavia.

Terri Schlichenmeyer
The Bookworm Sez
‘Dirt’ a must-read for horse lovers among us

Thanks! You’re a lifesaver! A friend gives you a lift, loans you her notes, shares his jacket with you, and you can’t appreciate it enough. Or maybe you’re the lifesaver, the one who’s always lending a hand or doing the right thing. Thanks! Just remember, though, as in the new book “Dirt” by Denise Gosliner [ Read More ]

Rob Portman
Fighting to protect Lake Erie

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s number one tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the Buckeye state. Issues affecting our lake are very [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton
Restoring faith in our representative democracy

There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret — all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability. As worrisome as these are, there’s one problem that [ Read More ]

Rick Houser
We were granted a gift

I’m sure that today is the same as it was when I was a boy in the late 50’s and early 60’s. For no explainable reason or cause a feeling like a gift would fall upon you. Also no matter how you reasoned why or how and it really just didn’t figure it happened anyway. [ Read More ]


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