Opinion Archive

Standing up for Ohio’s coalminers

A century ago, coalminers would take canaries in birdcages down into the mines with them. Those birds served as workers’ only warning against dangerous gases in the mine shafts — if the bird stopped singing, it was time to get out. For generations, coalminers have done important, often dangerous work to provide for their families [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Chocolate poisoning in dogs

Each holiday season, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs. The majority of pet owners do not realize the potential for intoxication that chocolate possesses. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. Based on the number of [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Bog Bodies Uncovered’ is not for bedtime reading

Your favorite TV detective can solve anything. Give her a dead body, and she’ll find the killer. Show him a faint trail, and the thief will be collared in no time. No clue, no fingerprint, no smoking gun or too-good-to-be-true McGuffin escapes notice. Even so, no crime is perfect and, in “Bog Bodies Uncovered” by [ Read More ]

Is a new day dawning?

Dear Editor, I recently had a problem that required me to call on “Robert J. True,” our County Treasurer, to sort things out regarding some land he had transfered some years ago that seemed to have a technical glitch. Having a tax bill I had recently received on my own property close at hand, I [ Read More ]

The intersection of life and business

By Mark Calitri “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax UNLESS, it’s one word that means a lot to Dr. Seuss. It’s funny how a quote from a children’s book written over 45 years ago applies so much to us today. [ Read More ]

No way Homecoming could ever be forgotten

By Rick Houser I have said many times I went to school at Moscow but that is only part of the story. I was moved to Felicity in the eighth grade in 1962 to be exact. With moving from my original school I transferred into a school twice the size in number in a town [ Read More ]

National Hunting and Fishing Day was Sept. 23

By Joe Uecker Saturday, Sept. 26 marked the 43rd observation of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The day was first declared as “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in 1970, but President Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972 deeming it National Hunting and Fishing Day. As co-chairman of the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and member of the larger [ Read More ]

October is Farm to School Month

By Elisha Smith elishas@cfra.org Center for Rural Affairs October is National Farm to School month (#F2SMonth). “Farm to School” refers to schools serving local, farm-fresh foods ranging from fruits and veggies to honey and meat. The more local foods we serve our kids, the better. One-third of U.S. children are obese or overweight, and only [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Shift’ will give you a new appreciation for nurses

Nobody likes being poked. Nobody woke up this morning and said, “Cut into me and make me hurt for a month.” No one asks for misery, nausea, aching pain, bedpans, stitches, needles, or risk. But there it is: it happens. And if it does, after reading “The Shift” by Theresa Brown, RN, you’ll know exactly [ Read More ]

Cedron covered bridge

Dear Sir, Looking at the article FLASHBACKS, dated Thursday, September 17, 2015, the explanation doesn’t fit the picture. The picture of the Cedron Covered Bridge is not the Cedron Covered Bridge. The Cedron Covered Bridge was a much longer span. Looking at this picture, this bridge isn’t a covered bridge, but just a simple span [ Read More ]

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