Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
“Story Book Knight” perfect book for sharing

You love it when someone shares a book with you. Sharing a book is great for snuggling, for listening, laughing, or for settling down before bedtime. When you share a book you like, it makes everybody happy. And in the new book, “The Story Book Knight” by Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty, it might save [ Read More ]

When our sons become men

Last Saturday, I attended my son Tim’s wedding. He married his sweetheart Erin. Watching him vow to honor her brought back memories. When I got married in 1997, Tim was my best man. And now nearly twenty years later, I stood with him at his wedding. Tim chose his brother, my youngest son, to be [ Read More ]

Write-in Everhard

Woe to those of us who live in Ohio’s Second Congressional District, for the November ballot gives us a very bleak choice. The incumbent, Brad Wenstrup, is a 4-year member of the least productive Congress in history. The Democratic challenger, William Smith, is a shadow candidate with no experience who simply runs because he can. [ Read More ]

Why this Democrat wants a strong Republican party

I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections, and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a fair shake in the public arena. But none of this means that I favor a weak Republican Party. Indeed, just the opposite. [ Read More ]

Historic past, bright future

As I sit here at my business in the village of Batavia, I can look out my front windows and see the beauty of Main Street. A street rich in history and ominousness. Maybe it is the abandoned buildings that stand in the history of a yesterday that gives off this ominous feeling. It is [ Read More ]

The best of times

I have always felt that I have enjoyed every year of my life so far to what I felt were my best efforts. There is no promise from one year until the next we will be here to experience a year better than all the ones that we have had so far. Sure, there are [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Chocolate poisoning in dogs

Each holiday season, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs. The majority of pet owners do not realize the potential for intoxication that chocolate possesses. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. Based on the number of [ Read More ]

Monroe Hist. Society hosts Harvest Fest Fundraiser!

Daily we see horrific headlines of shootings in our streets, deaths of police officers, and disrespect for all our law enforcement officers. While Hollywood promotes their plastic ‘heroes’ to our youth, our ‘hometown heroes’ work in war zones unrecognized and unappreciated for their dedication to duty. As they say ‘all gave some and some gave [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Johnson’s ‘Everything’ tugs at the heartstrings

Your grandmother’s jewelry will be yours someday. You’ve known that since you were small, and were caught playing with them. Someday, you were told, you’d be the proud owner of a necklace, pins, rings and other pretties bequeathed. But in the new memoir “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson, some things are simply not [ Read More ]

Support Clermont County ­­­Park District Levy

Dear Editor: I practically lived in the woods when I was a boy. My brothers, sister, and I roamed the countryside playing in creeks, climbing trees and enjoying the great outdoors. In today’s more suburban environment boys and girls have fewer options to do so. Thank goodness for our Clermont County Parks! Our parks are [ Read More ]

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