Opinion Archive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Audrey’s Treasures to close

Audrey’s Treasures Antique and Thrift Shop is going to close its door Jan. 1, 2016. Audrey wants all her ver dear and treasured customers and friends to know she isn’t closing because she wants to. She wants to tell you that she must because after almost 50 years of doing something she has enjoyed she [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The secret grandmother sorority

A sorority is a group of women that come together for a common purpose. Whenever we think about sororities, Alpha Chi Omega or Alpha Phi likely come to mind. Both organizations have existed since the late 1800s. However, did you know a secret sorority for grandmothers is traceable to the beginning of time? I learned [ Read More ]

DAVID MAYWHOOR
The sad consequences of insufficient dental access

We often hear that much of the country is slowly digging its way out of the Great Recession which devastated many of the working folks in our communities. The economic gains have bypassed many parts of Ohio including right here in Clermont County where US Census Bureau statistics gathered between 2009 and 2013 show that [ Read More ]

Fueling our kids and the future: school lunches

By Sandra Renner, sandrar@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Farm to School Project Specialist In the past three decades, much has changed in our food system and society. Schools aren’t purchasing as many fresh foods, yet they have more nutrition requirements to fill. Schools got away from purchasing locally. The number of local farms to purchase [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
I’m not sure if it was the chicken or if it was the egg

As I have said I was raised in a family that farmed. We raised lots of tobacco, corn, wheat, hay and livestock. But unlike a lot of farmers my dad felt a family farm meant just that. Each of us was allotted a crop of tobacco and we all then had to work as a [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Novelist writes a romance novel within the genre

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The issue you wrestle with is a thorny one. It’s been literally hanging over your head for days: does mistletoe require you to kiss someone, or is nose-rubbing permissible? Will a firm handshake be sufficient, or does protocol demand something more lipstick-laden? And, as in the new novel “The Mistletoe Inn” by [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Nothing compared to our walks

By Rick Houser I can’t swear to it but, to me taking a walk besides being healthy for a person, taking a walk is also about taking in as much as you can take in with your eyes, ears and nose and the conclusion is it is almost impossible to top this world. Being a [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Health Dept has too much leverage

To The Editor: I would like to address these comments to the Clermont County Health Department. Clermont County will not allow on-site aerobic systems. Their argument is that if the pump quits working, raw sewage would be released. They tell us they don’t have enough manpower to check these systems. That makes sense (not really). [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
My Bad “Black Friday” Flashbacks

To The Editor: The annual shopping frenzy called “Black Friday” is now history; this wild, wacky day shopaholics love to celebrate with a shopping spree. But for my family it brings flashbacks of sickness, sorrow, and suffering. Black Friday 2006 was the day that our 2 yr old granddaughter named Rebecca was diagnosed with ALL [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
All children go to heaven

On November 14, 2015, an unthinkable crime shocked the community of Scottsville, Kentucky. Amy and Brian Doolin attended a football game with Gabriella, their 7-year-old daughter. Alec, 11, the Doolin’s son was scheduled to play that evening. However, sometime during the game, Gabriella vanished. By Marc Hoover After Amy Doolin contacted the police, a frantic [ Read More ]


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