Opinion Archive

RICK COMBS
Deputies have a new tool for patrol work

Law enforcement is no different than any other industry and is always coming up with new and improved methods and equipment for the safety of our communities. Today I’d like to discuss the Automatic Licenses Plate Reader (ALPR), a new tool the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office obtained through a Department of Homeland Security Grant. The [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Abuse of older adults is often a hidden secret

“I felt trapped, scared, used, and frustrated. Above all, I felt helpless.” You probably heard those words on the evening news a few weeks ago. They were spoken by Mickey Rooney as he sat before a U.S. Senate committee and shook his fist in the air, expressing his frustration and anger about the alleged exploitation [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Portman’s policies are a re-run of former president’s

I was fascinated by Senator Rob Portman’s article of April 14th (“Happy Tax Freedom Day”). In his article Portman states “If big government policies and irresponsible deficit spending continue,” then “Tax Freedom Day will likely come on a much later time for future generations.” I presume Senator Portman is referring to such irresponsible deficit spending [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
History of the Civil War touches close to home

The dates of April 9 through 15 hold unique standing in the annals of the Civil War. On April 12, one hundred and fifty years ago this week, this tragic chapter in our Nation’s history began with the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Though not great in number, there were Americans yet alive whose own fathers [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Bushy eyebrows are more than a sign of old age

When I looked in the mirror one morning last week I could see that it had happened again. Overnight I had sprouted three new curly eyebrow hairs, two gray and one black. They stood out like dandelions that pop up overnight in a freshly mown lawn. Where in the world do these wild hairs come [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Memories are still cherished 36 years later

It was late afternoon when Yvonne and I arrived at Sunrise Campground in Mt. Rainer National Park in September 1974. We had crossed the continental divide at the Montana Idaho boarder two days early and were impressed with the view, but nothing could have prepared us for the iconic majesty of Mt. Rainier. Early that [ Read More ]

Savory Selects will add choice and save money

It’s not often that we can make a major program change that improves quality and saves money at the same time, but this is exactly what we are accomplishing with the introduction of Savory Selects meals for our meals-on-wheels program. Savory Selects, developed by the Derringer Company in Cincinnati, is a line of frozen meals [ Read More ]

Time spent with friends brings joy to our lives

I’m feeling a little bit like the “Ole Fisherman” this week. It was a busy but interesting week. Mostly I was busy at work, but I’ll share a few other experiences that made this past week especially enjoyable. I’ve been a member of the Batavia Rotary Club since 1992 and have made many friends there. [ Read More ]

Gas prices will impact transportation budget

Before I share how rising gas prices will impact our transportation budget at Senior Services, let’s have a brief history and civics lesson about gas prices in the U.S. and around the world. When I arrived at Clermont Senior Services in July 1991, the average price of gasoline in the U.S. was $1.14 per gallon. [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Blatant hucksterism

Congressman Peter King (R, New York), who became Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee when Republicans became the majority in the House in January, has decided to hold hearings about terrorism. He has not, however, decided to look into all terrorism. Congressman King has decided that the hearings of his committee will focus exclusively [ Read More ]


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