Opinion Archive

Does the internet make your life any better?

I recently heard an interesting radio conversation. One host mentioned all the brick and mortar businesses that have closed their doors because of the internet. He also mentioned that malls are no longer the same social scene since people prefer to shop online than visit a crowded mall. Since I grew up in the ‘70s [ Read More ]

Rick Houser: Done correctly, delivered largely

Being raised at the time and in the place where I was has left me with so many great thoughts to recall and great points to look back on. Those thoughts remind me of details that can and do help me out as much, as they do so many of us from the time I [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
How to handle the Russia mess

The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet there needs to be an even stronger and broader investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. There are really two questions at hand. The first involves Russian [ Read More ]

Ohio coal communities saved from costly plan

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration’s signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants. But not the nation’s coal communities. They’ve lived with this regulation as an ever-present threat even after its implementation was stayed by a federal court. Ohio’s coal communities saw the [ Read More ]

Saluting Doctors: The calm within the storm

Editor’s Note: The following op-ed was submitted prior to Paul Ryan, speaker of the house, pulling the Republican healthcare plan, which was a replacement for Obamacare, on March 24. Even so, Thomas Derr, senior account executive, for Spryte Communications, which facilitates healthcare columns like this one, said in an email after the plan was pulled, “Bottom [ Read More ]

Judge Paul Pfeifer:
Reflections from a retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice

Editor’s Note: The following column was written by Justice Paul E. Pfeifer in the last week of 2016. Readers have been wondering where Justice Pfeifer’s column has been, so I have decided to run his last column since it was never printed at the time he submitted it. On January 2, 1993, I was sworn in as [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Raising a crop long distance

I doubt there is or has been a farmer that can’t tell of raising a crop in unusual circumstances or conditions but I want to at this time tell of a situation that involved my parents, grandparents and all of the rest of us living at home when this took place. This took place in [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Why is Adam Jones still on the Bengals roster? 

Adam “Pacman” Jones has been all over Cincinnati media headlines. On January 3, 2017, local authorities arrested the troubled NFL player at the Millennium Hotel for pushing a security guard and then poking him in the eye. Jones also made racial comments towards a Cincinnati police officer. He then spit at a nurse while incarcerated [ Read More ]

USDA comment period extended

There is still time to comment on three “Farmer Fair Practice Rules” introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December. The comment period has been extended to March 24. The interim and proposed rules level the playing field and would create much needed protections for poultry and livestock producers. Provisions include: Allowing [ Read More ]

Letter to the Editor:
An inmate tells his story of finding God while in prison

I want to talk to the alcoholic and drug addicts to encourage you there is a way out. I’m doing a six-year sentence because of alcohol. Alcohol is a drug, too, don’t forget. I tried killing myself many times. I been hurt multiple times in car crashes because of alcohol, not because I was driving, [ Read More ]


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