Opinion Archive

Look carefully before picking your Medicare Option plan

Get ready to make some decisions. Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through early December. It’s the time when seniors and disabled people can switch plans to cover gaps in Medicare’s coverage. Medicare continues to be one of the country’s most popular social programs, but there are coverage gaps. The program is complicated [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Faithful’ is impossible to put down

The best years of your life. That’s what people tell you about high school. Remember those days, they say. They’ll be the best of your life. But zits, mean girls, broken dreams, and broken friends aren’t exactly best. Sometimes in high school, as in the new book “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman, the very worst things [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker: Clepper Park

If you’re like us, you have heard of Clepper Park but have never been there.  Located at 4722 Summerside Drive in Union Township, it was much more than we expected, and we were glad we finally made a point of going there.  Not only was there an excellent walking trail, there were recreation amenities of all [ Read More ]

The season to be jolly

Everyone knows the holidays are officially here when large box stores began setting up their Christmas displays. For instance, while at Walmart, employees had pushed the Halloween leftovers into the center of the store and reduced prices for an easy sell. People were picking through them faster than a Turkey Buzzard devouring roadkill. Meanwhile, in [ Read More ]

Harvest fundraiser a huge success

To the Jason McElfresh family, the Harvest Fest fundraiser was like an early Thanksgiving. Members of his family, as well as the Monroe Township Historic Society, want to express deep appreciation to friends and neighbors as well as those strangers who stopped by the Grant Memorial Church. From Columbus they’d driven down to Point Pleasant [ Read More ]

Where the price was right

When I look back on all those years I spent on the farm I talk about the days when the fields were green or the sun was hot and cloudless and how the days seemed to never end. For the most part that is very true but it wasn’t all the time, as the best [ Read More ]

Preparing your family for emergencies during National Preparedness Month

September 30 was the National Day of Action for National Preparedness Month. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urges all Ohioans to use this as an opportunity to reflect and prepare for emergencies that might affect our communities. Now is a great time to think about your family’s emergency plan for winter storms. You can prepare [ Read More ]

Thinking About Health: Insurance premiums will be up next year

Recently I got a note from a reader of these columns who lives in Warren, Ohio. He had seen conflicting reports about next year’s insurance premiums. The man was skeptical of an article he had read, which reported that insurance premiums are cheaper than they were in 2010, and that the Affordable Care Act will [ Read More ]

The consensus: Lives matter

When it comes to issues dealing with abortion, most Americans group themselves into one of two opposite camps: pro-life or pro-choice. But according to a new poll, these labels can actually be misleading. Marist Poll, which measures public opinion for clients like NBC News and Wall Street Journal, conducted a survey for Knights of Columbus [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Backman’s novella a quick, powerful read

You can’t remember a thing these days. Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to love. Thingamabobs are never where you put them last, your glasses are on top of your head and, as in the new novella, “And Every Morning the Way Home [ Read More ]

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