Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
A few reflections on my 40 years of serving older adults

Last week the citizens of Clermont County passed the Senior Services Levy by an unprecedented 75 percent affirmative vote. I speak for the board of trustees, our employees, and most importantly the older adults we serve, in expressing our gratitude for your vote of confidence to continue this vital work for another five years. This [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Our vow to America’s veterans

President Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, asked the country to “bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” It’s a motto etched in stone at the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the heart of a grateful nation that celebrates [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The right wing doesn’t live up to American ideals

Mark Kelly, the astronaut who is the husband of Gabrielle Giffords (the Congresswoman who was shot by a right-wing extremist) has written a book about Giffords’ attempts to re-learn how to walk and talk. The book is scheduled to be released on Nov. 15. I did not originally intend to mention this book in my [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Thanksgiving Graces’ is a book to share

For as far back as you can remember, your parents have taught you that sharing is the right thing to do. You’ve always been told to let others play nicely with your toys and look gently at your books. If you have candy, you’re encouraged to give someone else a bite. You might share your [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
What Obama could learn from Kennedy

When one writes a weekly column, the first thing one must do is, of course, decide on the event to be covered in the column for a given week. There were a number of possibilities this week. Herman Cain denied that he sexually harassed two female employees while he was President of the National Restaurant [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The Adopt-a-Senior Program seeks help from the community

All of us are affected by the shaky economy, whether at the gas pump, the grocery store, or determining how low we can set the thermostat. These worries have an even larger impact on older adults on low fixed incomes. As prices go up many find it difficult to buy the most basic personal and [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
The Senate has acknowledged that the US is in a trade war

The United States Senate last week acknowledged what too many Ohio workers and manufacturers already know: that we are in a trade war. We took steps to fight back by passing the biggest bipartisan jobs bill this session of Congress: my bipartisan bill to combat Chinese currency manipulation. The Commerce Department released new trade deficit [ Read More ]

JEAN SCHMIDT
Canal expansion will benefit the United States

I traveled to Panama last week to discuss implementation of a free-trade agreement. During the visit, I met with Panama’s president, Ricardo Martinelli, and participated in panel discussions on economic development with members of the country’s National Assembly. The topics included issues that could benefit Southern Ohio. I’m excited about what the expansion and improvement [ Read More ]

Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Man in the Music’ is eye opening, well-balanced

There was no way you were sitting down. As soon as you heard those four notes – just four beats – your feet were itching to move. You were up and on the dance floor quick, not caring that you didn’t have a partner. With songs like that, you’d dance alone but not for long: [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Elections have consequences

After seven years as a State Representative I thought I had seen everything. I have had several difficult votes and several more that have caused me great stress. They pale in comparison to the vote recently taken in the Ohio House and Senate to have a split primary election. We recently voted to have a [ Read More ]


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