Opinion Archive

Return of the football widow

The 2016 NFL season officially starts tonight with a rematch between the Broncos and Panthers, who played in last season’s Super Bowl. Not only does America love the NFL, but they also love high school football and college football. Every year, professional football opens on Thursday, high school kids play on Fridays and then college [ Read More ]

The truth behind the Zika funding delays

Fears are rising as the Zika virus has become a national concern. Nearly three months ago, my colleagues and I in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to help combat the virus, which is borne by mosquitos and can cause serious birth defects and other conditions if contracted during pregnancy. Yet Americans are [ Read More ]

Social media’s challenge to democracy

I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime, and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years. There’s one question, I think, that I’ve heard more than any other: “If I want to be an informed citizen, which sources of information should I consult?” For many years, I [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Gauche Park

If you haven’t heard of Gauche Park, it’s not because it’s nothing special, in fact, it is very special and is well worth a visit. Located at 410 South Broadway St., Owensville, OH, 45160, a ‘Gauche Park’ street sign identifies the turn off South Broadway St. (Rt. 276), leading you to a nicely paved parking [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Whisperin’ Bill’ a hit for country fans

The song’s been hooked in your brain now for three days. Every time your head’s been idle for two seconds, you catch yourself humming snatches of it. That song kept you awake because someone wrote a melody-hook you can’t forget. And, as you’ll see in “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson” by Bill Anderson with Peter Cooper, somebody [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Puppy basics: How to raise a good dog

Puppies are extremely impressionable.  How you train and socialize your new pet will have dramatic and long lasting effects.  You can make your puppy a better pet and prevent behavior problems by following these guidelines: Housebreaking Establish a routine. Keep the pup’s meals regularly scheduled to encourage more predictable elimination patterns. Take your pup out every [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Meditations’ helps calm the caregivers among us

The answer could only be “yes.” Still, it was the hardest decision you’ ve ever made. You couldn’t do it – but then again, you could- n’t not: Dad fell, then he fell ill and your home was the logical place for him to be. You’ve had help, naturally, but you could always use more [ Read More ]

Colin Kaepernick: The NFL’s Rosa Parks?

During a preseason game, Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem. He offered his reason to the media. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He added, “There are bodies in [ Read More ]

Where the name came from

Have you ever stopped and wondered where names of town’s streets or roads come from? Many are self-explaining. Like First Street or Elm Street or Bolender Road. They pretty much tell you where or why just in their name. But I grew up on a road named Fruit Ridge. This was one of those roads [ Read More ]

Permanent total disability benefits

In 1983, Robert Boyd – who is now in his early 90s – retired from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Twenty-two years later, in 2005, he filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits for asbestosis in both lungs. The claim was allowed and he began collecting benefits. But the story didn’t end there. In 2013, Robert [ Read More ]

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