Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Plant mums early for success

By Steve Boehme Have you planted hardy mums that never came back the next year? One secret to success is to buy them before they bloom and plant them right away. The sooner you plant mums the happier they’ll be. Mums that are trapped in a small pot for too long, or allowed to dry [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘No Saints Around Here’ will give comfort to new caregivers

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It was supposed to be paradisiacal. You’d planned it that way, in fact: the two of you, retired, with time aplenty to travel, explore, garden, enjoy yourselves. It was supposed to be good – until one of you got sick and the other’s now a caregiver, a journey you never wanted or [ Read More ]

Ohio court deals with merged sentences

By Paul Pfeifer In 2009, a jury found David Washington guilty of several offenses, including a third-degree felony of failure to comply with a police officer and a fifth-degree felony of obstruction of official business. The charges stemmed from the day Washington and his brother attacked a woman in a mall parking lot in Lorain [ Read More ]

Zeke Dimmitt, the untold story

By George Brown In honor of Batavia’s bicentennial last week I wrote about the community’s founding father, Ezekiel Dimmitt. He was indeed an honorable man. Although no citizens remain to carry on his family name, his legacy as the first settler of this community has not been forgotten. While doing research for last week’s column [ Read More ]

Protecting our children from liquid nicoine and e-cigarettes

By Sherrod Brown The tobacco industry, in an effort to replace the 480,000 customers it loses each year to smoking-related deaths, has turned to electronic cigarettes, a new nicotine product that it hopes to make appealing to young people. These so-called e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate traditional tobacco products and contain cartridges filled with [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Shots Fired’ will have you stuck to your seat through 10 short stories

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’re stuck. Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream. We’ve all been there. We’ve all lived through the [ Read More ]

Courthouse debate started in 1823

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. By Rick Crawford Oddly enough, Clermont County’s civil war is a well-kept secret, but for those aware of the tale it is legendary. Like last week’s telling of the Milford bridge incident, it is not known how [ Read More ]

Across Ohio, good stories not hard to find

By Rob Portman Turn on the news or open a paper and it seems as though the world is falling apart. From gridlock in Washington to chaos in the Middle East to war and tragedy in eastern Ukraine, bad news dominates the airwaves. But I am privileged in my job as your senator to work [ Read More ]

Remembering Batavia’s founding father

By George Brown A light fog drifted over the waters of the East Fork as the sun’s morning rays filtered through the dense forest canopy. The only sound that could be heard for miles around was a mixed melody produced by the scores of song birds that filled the giant trees – and giants they [ Read More ]

Treating increasing opiate addiction in Ohio communities

By Sherrod Brown Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be [ Read More ]

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