Opinion Archive

BICENTENNIAL
Batavia’s gold rush hit in 1868, again in 1930s

By Rick Crawford Jeff Traylor’s book, Ohio Pride, A Guide to Ohio Roadside History, points out nine communities in Clermont County designated by a state historical marker. Batavia: “Headquarters of the Batavia Gold Mining Company, 1868” In the Elk Lick Valley along the East Fork of the Little Miami River, gold was discovered in 1868 [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Unless a penny is saved, it ends up costing the U.S. gov. millions

By George Brown A penny here and a penny there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money According to a report issued last March by the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Government (“we the people”) lost $105 million of our precious tax dollars in the production of pennies and nickels during 2013. The report states [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Introducing new legislation to save Ohio Postal Service jobs

By Sherrod Brown In 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close and consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities across the country – including ones in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – putting 15,000 jobs at risk. To protect these jobs and ensure that Ohioans continue to receive reliable mail service, I [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Could there be a future veterinarian in the family?

By Dr. Dan Meakin Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Their responses vary from teacher, doctor to dancer and baseball player and everything in between. For a group of tweens and teens who responded “Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician,” their dream comes true a little early, at least [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Plant mums early for success

By Steve Boehme Have you planted hardy mums that never came back the next year? One secret to success is to buy them before they bloom and plant them right away. The sooner you plant mums the happier they’ll be. Mums that are trapped in a small pot for too long, or allowed to dry [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘No Saints Around Here’ will give comfort to new caregivers

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It was supposed to be paradisiacal. You’d planned it that way, in fact: the two of you, retired, with time aplenty to travel, explore, garden, enjoy yourselves. It was supposed to be good – until one of you got sick and the other’s now a caregiver, a journey you never wanted or [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Ohio court deals with merged sentences

By Paul Pfeifer In 2009, a jury found David Washington guilty of several offenses, including a third-degree felony of failure to comply with a police officer and a fifth-degree felony of obstruction of official business. The charges stemmed from the day Washington and his brother attacked a woman in a mall parking lot in Lorain [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Zeke Dimmitt, the untold story

By George Brown In honor of Batavia’s bicentennial last week I wrote about the community’s founding father, Ezekiel Dimmitt. He was indeed an honorable man. Although no citizens remain to carry on his family name, his legacy as the first settler of this community has not been forgotten. While doing research for last week’s column [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Protecting our children from liquid nicoine and e-cigarettes

By Sherrod Brown The tobacco industry, in an effort to replace the 480,000 customers it loses each year to smoking-related deaths, has turned to electronic cigarettes, a new nicotine product that it hopes to make appealing to young people. These so-called e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate traditional tobacco products and contain cartridges filled with [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Shots Fired’ will have you stuck to your seat through 10 short stories

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’re stuck. Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream. We’ve all been there. We’ve all lived through the [ Read More ]


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