Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Mrs. Houdini’ is irresistible

The day you met your beloved, it was magical. Think about it: billions of people in the world, and the two of you – random strangers – found one another and fell in love. What are the odds? And now you’re a pair, a couple, a team and, as in the new novel, “Mrs. Houdini” [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Spaying and neutering your canine

Having a litter of puppies may seem like a fun thing to do. Some owners even believe that it helps their female dog, in some way, to develop more completely or become a better pet. Neither is true. Becoming pregnant and having a litter of puppies in no way alters the maturity level of the [ Read More ]

Who is the GOP?

I enjoy funny books, movies, cartoons, dumb jokes and anything else involving comedy. But I must draw the line at the primary races for the American presidency. I can remember the following presidential campaigns: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush (the original), George Bush the son, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Although their races had [ Read More ]

Making a difference by combating the nationwide heroin epidemic

At a recent town hall in Darke County, I asked those in attendance how many of them had family members or friends who had been impacted by addiction. More than half the hands went up. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised. It was just the latest example of how the abuse of heroin and prescription drugs is [ Read More ]

Farmed with a plan

Farming in the years I was growing up on our family farm farms was very different than farming is today to make the largest understatement that can be made. Today there is so much technology to apply to the getting the most out of the soil and the seed along with the what types of [ Read More ]

Keeping the promise of secure retirement

Last week, I met with Rita Lewis of West Chester, in Butler County. Rita was in Washington to testify in front of the Senate Finance Committee in honor of her late husband, Butch. Butch worked as a trucker for 40 years with the promise that the pension he earned would be there to care for [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Jim Terrell Park

If you want a quick blast of raw nature, walk the rugged one mile dirt path at Jim Terrell Park on Longworth St., Terrace Park, OH, right outside Milford. It’s challenging enough to be fun with dips in the path, quick turns around large brush configurations made by flooding, and narrow trails along the edge [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Author shows how candy is part of our culture

The last meal you had was very satisfying. Everything was made the way you like it, served efficiently, and pleasing to your palate. What you ate was delicious and it almost filled you up, leaving just enough room for one more bite – and in “Sweet as Sin” by Susan Benjamin, you’ll read about that [ Read More ]

Spring brings May showers and door-to-door nuisances

Every spring, the beautiful weather always brings out the grass and plants. Unfortunately, spring also brings door-to-door nuisances armed with clipboards and booklets. I would put up a “No Soliciting” sign, but I know they ignore signs. Before my wife and I bought our home in 2005, we lived in several townhouses. Unfortunately, door-to-door salesman [ Read More ]

Operating efficiently in Clermont

Since becoming County Commissioner in 2012, I have learned much about local government. Coming from the perspective of owning and managing private sector companies, I was familiar with how the recession impacted the manner in which business had to adjust and react in order to continue to grow and prosper. The same forces impacted local [ Read More ]

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