Opinion Archive

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 ]

Old man river just keeps rolling along

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 ]

To find hope, look around you

These are very unhappy times in Washington. Relations between the executive and legislative branches are not just sour, but corrosive. The Republican-led Senate has declared it will simply ignore a presidential nomination to the Supreme Court. Both houses have announced that they will flout a tradition going back to the 1970s, and refuse to hold [ Read More ]

Revitalizing Ohio neighborhoods

The housing crisis and the Great Recession that followed took a devastating financial and psychological toll on a generation of Ohioans. One of the most painful and lasting wounds of the economic disaster was the massive increase in foreclosures across our country — and few states were hit harder than Ohio. To ensure that our [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Why should you spay or neuter your pet?

What do “spay” and “neuter” really mean? Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Depending on your pet’s age, size, and health, he or she will stay [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Book makes Pope accessible

Getting something in the mail is a lot of fun, isn’t it? What was the last thing you got from the mailman? Maybe a birthday card with money. Maybe you got a postcard from Grandma or a package from your Auntie. Getting mail is a nice surprise, even for Pope Francis. He receives letters from [ Read More ]

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