Opinion Archive

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Annual examination is the most important preventative pet care

First and foremost an annual physical exam by your veterinarian is the most important preventive measure for your trusted companion. A thorough physical exam will alert you to conditions before they become problems, and assure you that your pet is healthy enough to respond properly to the vaccinations. DHLPP—All Dogs Five in one vaccine, which [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez

By Terri Schlichenmeyer   Grandpa sometimes jokes about the “good old days.” Those were the days when he was your age and life was different. There were no cell phones, no computers, no iPods, no video games, and TVs weren’t thin enough to hang on a wall. You can barely wrap your brain around it. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Don’t expose your children to parasites

By Dr. Dan Meakin It is thought that 30 percent to 50 percent of dogs and cats carry parasites and that 1 to 3 million people in the U.S. have infections from parasites carried by pets. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised (cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people are at high risk. Hookworms and roundworms can [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Duncan Hines’ is perfect if you’d like an unusual biography

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Tonight’s dessert is courtesy of your childhood. The cake you’ll have after dinner is just like the one Mom used to make. It’ll be round, mostly, maybe a little lopsided, with a divot in the center from letting the oven door slam. Like Mom’s cake, your icing will be thick on top, [ Read More ]

A wound and a fine memory

By Rosanna Hoberg The village settled down to private business again after the Civil War. Batavia’s greatest claim to fame during this post-war period was a visit from one of the most famous of all persons to emerge from the war, President Ulysses S. Grant. The following narration describes a visit made to our village [ Read More ]

Lessons learned from working childhood jobs

By George Brown My first opportunity to earn real money occurred while spending a week with my Aunt Elsie in Marion when I was 8. She, my cousins, and I got up early and walked all the way across town to a strawberry farm where we were paid .10 cents a quart to pick berries. [ Read More ]

A death in the family is devastating

By Sherrod Brown Grieving family members deserve time to mourn their loss. But some parents who have co-signed a private student loan for their child have instead found themselves facing harassment from student loan servicers. After Delphos, Ohio native Andrew Katbi was killed in a tragic car crash just weeks before graduating from law school, [ Read More ]

Remembering my dad

By George Brown Each year Memorial Day and Father’s Day converge, with my Dad’s birthday tucked in between. And each year these three celebratory occasions draw my mind to a contemplative reminiscence of how Dad lived his life. He and Mom divorced when I was barely a year old and he and I didn’t see [ Read More ]

The children and the war

By Rosanna Hoberg James B. Swing’s memoir of his experiences during the American Civil War, related in 1916, conclude here. “That evening, about dark or a little after dark, a regiment of soldiers, infantry from Camp Dennison, reached Batavia quite unexpectedly. Some report had been heard at Camp Dennison to the effect that there was [ Read More ]

We need solutions for our veterans

By Sherrod Brown While serving our country, many veterans sustain a variety of injuries. These injuries can be visible physical injuries but other so-called “invisible injuries” persist and can affect veterans just as much, or more, than the more obvious visible injuries. It is our duty to ensure that these veterans receive the high quality [ Read More ]

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