Opinion Archive

Are you tired of ‘tax reform’ that doesn’t help you?

By Dale Butland On Wednesday, the Ohio House Tax Reform Study Committee will hold a public hearing in Batavia.  Seems the Honorables wanted to hear any ideas you and your neighbors might have for future “tax reform.”  I imagine they were hoping you wouldn’t ask too many questions about their most recent “reforms” – or what they mean [ Read More ]

The funniest column you will never get to read

By George Brown For a number of years now I have called upon the services of a copy editor to review my column before sending it to the paper. Ordinarily, my copy editor’s role is limited to a much appreciated review for punctuation and grammatical errors, but from time to time she does provide input [ Read More ]

Why is there such anti-union feeling in Clermont County?

By Len Harding I recently was privileged to march in the Clermont County Fair parade. The vast majority of the parade marchers and watchers were working people having fun. This was not a country club group; just a friendly group of people. With so many working people in the county, one wonders why the tenor [ Read More ]

A great reporter dies

By Paul Schwietering On Saturday, July 20, Helen Thomas died.  She was 92.  According to The New York Times, “Her death was announced by the Gridiron Club, one of Washington’s leading news societies.  Ms. Thomas was a past President of that organization.” “Ms. Thomas covered every President from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for [ Read More ]

Obamacare train wreck is upon us

By Rob Portman Earlier this year, a senior Democrat in the U.S. Senate said he was concerned Obamacare was headed for “a huge train wreck.” Every day it seems that we are getting a better idea of just what that train wreck looks like—fewer full-time jobs, more difficulties for small businesses, higher insurance premiums, and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
The Bookworm gives ‘Make the Grade’ a solid B+

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your grades were an embarrassment last year. Sometime over this summer, though, you realized something that everybody had been saying for eons: you can do better. You have potential, so you’ve decided that you’re going to study harder, work smarter, and get good grades. Problem is, you don’t know where to start. [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
How to get landscape design help

By Steve Boehme One reason many people postpone landscape improvements is that they aren’t sure what they want. Some people are good at imagining finished landscapes, but most people aren’t. Walking around in nurseries can be mind-boggling. Many home landscapes are just a collection of plants that were bought on impulse because they attracted attention [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Canine nutrition is misunderstood

By Dr. Dan Meakin One aspect of canine care and keeping that is the most misunderstood is that of proper nutrition. Years ago, dogs were fed exclusively from the table and many of them seemed to thrive. Those were actually the ones who were lucky enough to receive, by chance, the proper ratio of protein, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Civil War books will make you rethink relationship with neighbors

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’ve had a few differences with your neighbor. His car in your driveway almost drove you crazy. He says your dog barks too much. You don’t think he takes very good care of his yard, and he hates your Saturday morning mowing sessions. You think his parties are loud. He thinks you’re [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
Steer Clear of ‘Row Run’ Nursery Trees

By Steve Boehme Being around trees, planting trees, doctoring trees, pruning and managing trees, we sometimes feel like a foster parent. We look at lots of trees and after a while we can read a trees’ history. Like children, trees need love and attention or they can go wrong. Sometimes wrong trees can be fixed [ Read More ]

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