Opinion Archive

Top news stories of 2014

By Paul Pfeifer Every year since 1936, the Associated Press has conducted a poll of its editors in late December to determine the top 10 news stories of the year. Each year it’s always amazing to see the stories that “slip your mind.” It seems that they occupy our attention for a couple of weeks, [ Read More ]

Preserving our ‘Garden of Eden’ for future generations

By George Brown It is said that in the year 1900 a group of protestant and catholic clergymen gathered to create a list of the 10 places on earth where the Garden of Eden may have been located. Interestingly, Clermont County made the list – yes, our Clermont County right here in Southwestern Ohio. Without [ Read More ]

Getting things done for Ohio in 2014

By Rob Portman This past month, I hosted one of our monthly telephone town hall meetings with thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life and also had an employee town hall in northeast Ohio with factory workers, administrative staff, and executives. There were lots of points of view but also a common thread to [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘My Boy, Ben’ reminds you of your favorite dog

By Terri Schlichenmeyer He was a once-in-a-lifetime dog. From the moment you brought him home until the day he left, you never had a minutes’ problem. He was easy to teach, easy to trust, easy to love and, unfortunately, too easy to lose. You’ll never forget your once-in-a-lifetime dog – nobody does – and in [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Helping your dog stay healthy into old age

Dr. Dan Meakin Many changes occur as the dog’s body ages. Most of these are similar to those experienced by geriatric people – arthritis, loss of vision, hearing loss, senility, etc. However, since your dog has trouble expressing to you some pain he’s experiencing as it ages – you must have yearly physicals by your [ Read More ]

Revitalizing American manufacturing and innovation

By Sherrod Brown One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. A report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute found that from 2001 to 2013, the U.S. lost 2.4 million [ Read More ]

Taking a look at what won’t change in 2015

By George Brown We live in an ever changing world and the rate of change seems to be accelerating more rapidly today than ever before. They say change is the one thing in life you can count on, which makes the idea of looking at what won’t change in 2015 all the more interesting. But [ Read More ]

Public records and frivolous conduct

By Paul Pfeifer Immediately following a meeting of the West Licking Joint Fire District Board of Trustees – at about 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2011 – John H. Davis made a request under the public records act for the personnel records of six employees of the district. Davis made the request to Terra [ Read More ]

Troop Box Ministry overwhelmed by generosity

Dear Editor, The Troop Box Ministry has been blessed so much during this Christmas season. So many people have come forth and made donations for our troops. I want to mention the Sardinia Elementary School. The kids decided to collect the candy and donate it to the troops. They gave 5-6 big boxes for us [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
To find love in the New Year, start with yourself

By Terri Schlichenmeyer This is the year when you’ll finally do it. Your New Year’s Resolution is to find love. You’ve vowed to open your heart and your mind and this year, you’re going to do it. But dating is fraught with trouble, so where do you begin? In the new book “Embracing the Love [ Read More ]

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