Opinion Archive

Is a revocable (“living”) trust right for you?

Q: What is a trust? A: A right of property held by one party for the benefit of another, usually in writing. Q: Who are the parties? A: The person creating the trust is called the grantor (or sometimes the settlor, trustor or creator), and the other party is known as the trustee. A beneficiary [ Read More ]

Jakob’s Story

A short time ago the Clermont Sun ran a series of articles about the opiate epidemic in Clermont County. Yvonne and I are among the families it has touched. With our daughter’s permission I am sharing Jakob’s story with you. In her own words… On August 21, 1982 I went home with my adoptive parents. [ Read More ]

Helping Ohio businesses sell their products around the world

Davenport Aviation is a small business in Columbus—an aircraft parts distributor that exports its products to Africa and South America. Its business has grown over the past four years with the help of the Export-Import Bank. Davenport Aviation is one of the 350 Ohio businesses that the Export-Import Bank has helped. This critical agency fills [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats

The major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Three of these can be potential health hazards to people. Contrary to popular belief (old wives tales, etc.), dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Hookworms and roundworms both produce microscopic eggs that are passed in the pet’s stools. These eggs [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Everyone likes to be liked

There was a new kid in your playgroup today, and he’s kind of weird. He’s loud, for one thing. He’s always yelling and he acts goofy. Other kids seemed to think he was nice, but you can’t imagine ever playing with him. Maybe he was looking for attention. Maybe you’re more the quiet type. Or, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Primates of Park Avenue’ is a peek into how the ‘Other Half’ lives

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Monkey see, monkey do? Yes, scientists say, monkey do if we do it genetically: we share a high percentage of DNA with our chimpanzee cousins, which makes them our closest evolutionary relative. According to anthropologists, we’re also culturally similar to simians and in the new book “Primates of Park Avenue ” by [ Read More ]

Determining mineral rights

By Paul Pfeifer The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (“ODNR”) owns a 651-acre tract of land in Brush Creek Township, Jefferson County, that became the subject of a case that we reviewed here – at the Ohio Supreme Court. When the property was transferred to ODNR, the seller – Ronald Snyder – “reserved all mineral [ Read More ]

Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all

By Lee H. Hamilton After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s [ Read More ]

How trade is like a baseball game

By Sherrod Brown Folks in Washington like to make big promises when it comes to our trade deals. But for too long, we’ve seen nothing but bad results. We’ve seen what so-called free trade agreements have done to our workers and our communities over the past two decades. We’ve seen the factories close and the [ Read More ]

Agents, brokers, and liability

By Paul Pfeifer In 2006, Jamie Paliath began working for Home Town Realty as a licensed real-estate salesperson. Under her contract, she had to pay Home Town 30 percent of the commissions she earned on real-estate transactions. Torri Auer, a California resident, became acquainted with Paliath in 2007 through an Internet website. Auer was interested [ Read More ]

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