Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Orphan Choir’ is a good book to give you shivers, but not keep you up all night

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your neighbor loves heavy rock & roll. He has all the CDs of all the major metal bands. It’s impressive, really, the determination he used to find them, starting with the earliest and the heaviest. He listens to them every weekend. Over and over, loudly. Which would be nice, except you hate [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court deals with the issue of venue

By Paul Pfiefer On the evening of December 20, 2005, Byron Woods and his family were the victims of one of the most terrifying situations that can confront any family – a home invasion. The intruder broke into the Wood’s apartment brandishing a handgun and wearing a dark coat and a bandanna over his face. [ Read More ]

Harvey’s white mule and the great blizzard of ‘52

By George Brown When I was in the first grade I attended a one-room schoolhouse. We didn’t have bus service so all the kids walked to school; all that is except a boy named Harvey who rode a white mule to school every day. The story of how this came about is worth telling. For [ Read More ]

Providing workers with a fair wage is something we need to do now

By Sen. Sherrod Brown Last week, on February 13th, or 2-13, I introduced a resolution declaring the date as $2.13 Day. That’s because two dollars and thirteen cents is also the minimum wage for tipped workers. Two dollars and thirteen cents. Think about that. To add insult to injury, the tipped minimum wage has not [ Read More ]

Batavia’s railroads: Norfolk and Western

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. Ron Hill is pr4esidnet of the Clermont County Historical Society. By Ron Hill Part 2 The most famous wreck on the Norfolk & Western Railroad (then called the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad) in Clermont County occurred on [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Fat Crisis’ is not your usual diet and exercise book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You feel as though you might have to quit your job. Yeah, you’re that desperate to get away from the treats that somebody’s been leaving in the break room. Nice gesture, but you’re totally incapable of resisting them and each bite ruins your diet. It’s a point of shame that you have [ Read More ]

A Valentine’s Day kiss I will always remember

By George Brown Do you remember your first kiss? From the time I was a wee little fellow until my junior year in high school the only girls I ever kissed were my Mom and my Great Granny. Mom’s kisses were love pecks at bedtime and when I headed off to school in the morning. [ Read More ]

Cheering for American manufacturing on the field

By Sen. Sherrod Brown At the 2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremony, Team USA took the stage wearing foreign-made red, white, and blue uniforms. At a time when so many good jobs had disappeared overseas, the news that our Olympic team was being forced to wear uniforms made overseas was an outrage. It made no sense [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court considers DNA evidence

By Paul Pfeifer The advent of DNA identification is probably the biggest leap forward for crime solving since fingerprinting. To make use of this advancement, law enforcement officials now have something called CODIS – the Combined DNA Index System – which provides a computerized program on three levels – local, state and national – that [ Read More ]

Wood stove standards are a bad idea

To the Editor: The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the EPA is considering new restrictions on wood stoves. The proposed new standards will outlaw the manufacture and sale of wood stoves that release more than 1.3 grams of particulates per hour. This is TWICE as clean-burning as the cleanest stove now available, which is [ Read More ]

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