Opinion Archive

Everybody Has Issues:
Quit fighting back tears

Our culture has a misunderstanding of tears from crying. People in therapy, who may be working to heal profoundly deep emotional wounds, often cry in session but then apologize for crying. Boys and men are given the implicit, or sometimes even explicit, message that crying is unacceptable in every circumstance. Those examples demonstrate a lack [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
The pages of the book spring from branches of a tree we’re all from

The woman in the cubicle next to yours is a real piece of work. No tidbit is too small for gossiping. Unsolicited advice is her expertise, and she seems to think complaints are in her job description. Ugh, she’s so hard to work with but be aware. As you’ll see in the new book “It’s [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker:
Kathy at Pierce Township Nature Trail

The Pierce Township, Ohio, Nature Trail is easy to find, right off Locust Corner Road with a convenient gravel parking lot, but finding our way around the trails was another story.  Located at 871 Locust Corner Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45245, it is just down the road from the Pierce Township Park that has a paved [ Read More ]

Haddon Lockyer: 4-Years Comic

Letter to the Editor:
The Halloween vice

If we’re going to make America great again, we need to fix some things. We’ve got to rid ourselves of habits that weaken our resolve. In this vein, we have some-so called “traditions” that diminish the character of American-born-and-bred, flag-waving, patriots. The problem? Liberals have hijacked our holidays. We’ve just passed one that has always [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The strange life of Dorothy Eady

Ask anyone about reincarnation and you will typically get an eye roll, a sigh or a strange look. I have mixed feelings about reincarnation because I have experienced several Déjà vu moments where I feel as if I have been alive before. Regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation or not, the much documented life [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
There was a catch to this deal

Having a dad for a township trustee for the most part was a real bonus I thought. For the most part that is. When you are around a trustee you get to see lots of folks from Washington Township for starters. It seemed like if I was with dad as we traveled the township from [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
Debt and the proposed tax plan

As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse. There are a lot of different ways to characterize our fiscal situation [ Read More ]

Rep. Brad Wenstrup:
Why we remember

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
First taste of being an adult

I’m positive that I have told before that my cousin Walt and I farmed together and for five years we batched together also. From the time we had our drivers licenses forward we spent almost all our time together either farming or when the chance would come about we would batch in his parent’s farm [ Read More ]


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