Opinion Archive

‘Save America’s Pastime Act’ bad for game

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor Let’s play a quick word association game. I’ll throw out a word, you tell me your first thoughts that come to mind. Ready? Here we go! The word is: Congress. Now, if you’re like most people, the words you immediately thought of weren’t very nice. Synonyms of useless, spineless, slow-acting, [ Read More ]

The ghosts of Gettysburg

On Monday, Americans celebrated Independence Day. The special day celebrates America’s separation from England after the Revolutionary War. However, July is also the anniversary of another battle for freedom. On July 1-3, 1863, friends, brothers and fathers fought one other at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The South’s crushing defeat at Gettysburg would be their worst loss in [ Read More ]

The choice has always been our own

Many times I have stated that I was raised a country boy and that my dad was a farmer who raised a considerable amount of Burley Tobacco or, as we referred to it, “cash crop.” I’m not too sure how or why but when I moved into my teens my interest in using tobacco products [ Read More ]

Knowing livestock tampering laws helps keep animals in competition

Summer marks the beginning of fair season – a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting. As these hard working kids gear up to show their animals, I want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering rules so [ Read More ]

Voting should be easy for the eligible

The elections process is not usually grist for inflammatory rhetoric. But this year has been different. Republican Donald Trump labeled the GOP primary process “crooked.” Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested his party’s use of super-delegates made its nominating process a “rigged system.” For many voters, the intricacies of voting rules quickly became a topic of overriding [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Paws’ is a great read for dog lovers

To you, your dog is a hero. Nobody else protects you from spiders and shadows. Nobody does a better job of warning you about summer storms or friends a-knocking. You need to give pats and get kisses to feel safe, and in “Paws of Courage” by Nancy Furstinger, you’ll see how some dogs go even [ Read More ]

Community should support West Clermont teachers

Dear editor, It is my belief that the foundation of a community is built and influenced by those who care, the individuals that dedicate time and effort toward bettering the future of tomorrow — our kids. The popular saying, “the children are the future of tomorrow,” couldn’t be more true. In a time of cultural [ Read More ]

Celebrate America’s birthday on July 4

Dear editor, As we Americans make plans to celebrate on July 4th, let’s never forget why it’s the most important date in U.S. history. How many people remember what happened on July 4, 1776? Since American history is no longer required in many schools, we parents must promote ‘patriotism’ in our homes and in our [ Read More ]

Where have all the aliens gone?

Last week’s release of “Independence Day: Resurgence” has people talking about hostile aliens that want to conquer Earth. Resurgence is the sequel to the 1996 movie “Independence Day” that starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. Speaking of aliens, last month, witnesses filmed a strange object flying near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. However, not [ Read More ]

A Birthday Party! Really?

As we all know and in most cases take for granted the day we arrived on this planet comes around annually. These days I feel there is more emphasis put on a person’s birthday than when I was growing up. I am not saying if this is right or wrong or bad or good, I’m [ Read More ]

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