Opinion Archive

Staying Healthy During Flu Season is important to do

By Sherrod Brown Following tragic reports of deaths from the flu in Ohio, Connie and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have lost a loved one to this terrible and sudden illness. At the same time, we must actively take steps to prevent the illness from spreading. My office [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
How to do landscape lighting the right way

By Steve Boehme Landscape lighting done well adds a totally new dimension to any landscaping. The ability to enjoy your landscape after dark is the “icing on the cake” for outdoor living rooms, and gives your home unbelievable curb appeal at night. Simply lighting the pathways you walk at night makes your yard much more [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Cancer survivors may be best audience for ‘Clear Cut’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer There was no room in your lungs for air. Falls will do that to you, you know. First, there’s the split-second, horrible knowledge that you won’t remain upright for much longer, followed by the spill that takes months but happens in a split-second. When it’s over, you’re left flat with your dignity [ Read More ]

A friendly encounter with Old Hook at Dry Tortugas

By George Brown This week I’m writing from South Florida where I’m winding down an 11 day road trip that included stops at historic Saint Augustine and three National Parks – Biscayne Bay, Everglades, and Dry Tortugas. Each of these parks is memorable in its own way but Dry Tortugas was clearly the most memorable [ Read More ]

Separation of church and state?

By Randy Conover Our Founding generation was generally very concerned about the powers being granted to the new Federal government, and thus sought to strongly limit it within the Constitution. When Thomas Jefferson became our nation’s 3rd President in 1801, he received a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association expressing concerns over the potential loss [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Astray’ was good, didn’t last long enough

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The lady in the picture was wearing the biggest scowl you’d ever seen. The photo was taken long ago and it made you wonder what happened that day to make her so snarly. Was there a death, lost crops, an accident, bad weather, or did the photographer make her angry? You’ll never [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Connecting our children with nature

By Steve Boehme Do you worry that your children or grandchildren are slipping out of touch with the natural world? You have intelligent company. In his book Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv directly links childhood obesity, ADD and depression to the lack of nature in [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Senior pets need special care to address problems

By Dr. Dan Meakin Senior pets are the best! You know them well, they know you even better, and they are worth their weight in gold for these reasons. They’re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long as possible. Appropriate health care can add years to the life of [ Read More ]

A backpack adventure with a cat named Odie

By George Brown We found kitty helpless and alone under a construction trailer at the Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing site on a sunny Saturday afternoon last April. Yvonne suggested we take the kitty home – “Just until it is old enough to be adopted by a nice older person who can give it a good home,” [ Read More ]

Batavia has had a banner year

By John Thebout The Village of Batavia will celebrate the 200th year of its incorporation next year, and the Village Council and I are determined to make the bicentennial year a celebration of new beginnings. The past year saw major strides for Batavia as we worked towards a renewal of the Clermont County seat. We [ Read More ]

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