Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Cornbread Mafia’ isn’t a book for everybody

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Nobody likes a snitch. Nobody wants to hear the words “I’m telling!” because it ruins a good time. It halts the fun. It quashes camaraderie. Okay, yeah, you squealed on your siblings a time or two, but that’s different. Among friends, nobody likes a tattle-tale. But what if the lack of informing [ Read More ]

The white-tailed deer slayer

By George Brown It seems like the longer I’m retired the longer my bucket list grows. I try to be realistic about not adding items that are beyond my means or capabilities. For example, despite my heart’s desire, I doubt that I’ll ever be able to afford a hiking trip to Machu Picchu or to [ Read More ]

Why does the US have the electoral college?

By Randy Conover During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the delegates had many long and heated debates. One such was over how the President should be elected. The hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia was a critical time and place in American history. There met for the purpose of “revising the Articles of Confederation” a [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Custer’ is a truly impressive book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’ll always wonder about the truth. But since you’re not a high-ranking government official, not privy to political goings-on or world affairs, and you don’t have a time machine, you’ll always wonder what really happened in battle, old or new. What was on Harry Truman’s mind, for instance, at the end of [ Read More ]

Confessions of a political junky

By George Brown During the decade or so that I’ve been writing this column I have avoided controversial topics like religion and politics. But now, on the eve of this presidential election, I find myself compelled to make an exception. I should begin by disclosing that I am a political junky. Close friends and family [ Read More ]

Investing in jobs of the future

By Sherrod Brown Despite what you may read on a North Carolina license plate, Ohio is the original Aerospace State. Our innovative scientists and engineers, manufacturing muscle, and talented workforce have driven our success over the last century. From the days of the Wright Brothers designing and building the first powered aircraft in their Dayton [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Totally Mad’ is pure nostalgia for former kids of all ages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer There are many things you still wish you had from your childhood. Freedom to play, for one. The ability to make a fool of yourself and not care. How about your old toys?  You’d be rich right now if you still had them. Oh, and that pile of comic books and magazines [ Read More ]

Clermont County is the key to unlocking the White House

By Tim Rudd Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, John Kasich and Mitt Romney’s son Josh have all visited Clermont County in the last few weeks. Why is Clermont receiving all this attention? Why, the answer is simple. Ohio is the key to the presidential election and Clermont County and southwest Ohio holds the key to unlock [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Sometimes sports ain’t no game

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The game, as they say, is the thing. It’s the thing at your house, that’s for sure. Ever since your child’s friends started playing sports at school, it’s been the number-one topic around. He craves competition. She wants to sign up yesterday. He sees trophies and medals and honestly, you see them, [ Read More ]

The big fire in the greenhouse

By George Brown This is the fourth in a series of short stories about my Dad. Like the previous stories, this one is adapted and edited from a brief narrative Dad wrote in 1988, at age 70, about his boyhood adventures. Dad passed away five years ago. Now, as I approach age 70 myself, I [ Read More ]

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