Opinion Archive

Brown: I’m here to help

By Sherrod Brown During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln would meet regularly in the White House with ordinary Americans, even during the darkest days of the war. He called these meetings his “public opinion baths.” That’s why I travel to each of Ohio’s 88 counties and meet with people from different backgrounds, and why I believe [ Read More ]

The backpack adventures – an encounter with a ranger named Bret

By George Brown Over the years Yvonne and I have visited 27 of America’s 59 National Parks, including two in Alaska and one in Hawaii. Our bucket list (actually mine) includes visiting the remaining 32, although I doubt we will get to all of them because there are 6 more in Alaska and one, for [ Read More ]

New Richmond School District plans for Beckjord Station closing

Dear Editor: New Richmond School District is making up for the closing of the Beckjord Power Plant by giving employees raises and bonuses. At a special board meeting on Sept. 8, 2014 the board voted to approve raises for each of the next three years for some employees, bonuses for teachers and administrators, most received [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Questions and answers about heartworm

By Dr. Dan Meakin Heartworm disease is very prevalent in Clermont County.  Every pet is at risk, even indoor only pets.  Read on to learn about how pets contract heartworm disease, how we recommend you prevent it, and also how All Creatures is helping to make prevention affordable.  What is Heartworm Disease?  Heartworms are parasites that [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Man Who Touched His Own Heart’ helps you understand what makes you tick

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Last weekend, you almost ran yourself ragged. Even just thinking about the work you did makes you tired. Inside tasks, outside chores, errands and dirt and repairs, oh my! In the end, you were beat. Finished, and in need of a rest – but doing so completely would mean the end of [ Read More ]

Congress and the President need to consult – and not just on Iran

By Lee H. Hamilton Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the President, warning [ Read More ]

The Backpack Adventures – “Here kitty, kitty, kitty”

By George Brown I’m of the opinion that April 2 is a more suitable date for creatures of all sorts, including we humans, to emerge from our dens in search of the sun’s warm rays. We certainly are less likely to be disappointed than if we do so two months earlier. Mother Nature teases us [ Read More ]

COTA is saving kids’ lives

Dear Editor: The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. But the child died before an organ became available. Those [ Read More ]

Determining OPERS membership

By Paul Pfeifer The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) is – as the name suggests – the retirement system for most public employees in Ohio. OPERS is vested by law with the authority to determine who, among public employees, is a member of the retirement system. And that decision is final. But when five [ Read More ]

The backpack adventures – an encounter with Old Blackie

By George Brown Without doubt, my favorite Kentucky hiking haunt is a place called Cornett’s Branch, located in Letcher County. You’ve probably not heard of Cornett’s Branch nor of Linefork, the little used-to-be town where the branch trickles down out of a mountain hollow and flows into Line Fork Creek. Mostly I like visiting Cornett’s [ Read More ]

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