Opinion Archive

JEAN SCHMIDT
President should act on free trade agreements and boost jobs

The fact that the economy is struggling isn’t news to the 529,000 Ohioans searching for work. What might surprise them, however, is that the means to create some 250,000 jobs nationally are just sitting on President Obama’s desk. He has yet to act on several free trade agreements, which have been languishing in the Oval [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The beginning of the Depression sounds all too familiar

It can fairly be said that the United States has faced two great crises in its history. One was the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression. The Depression was caused by a “perfect storm” of factors which combined to produce the most severe economic crisis America ever experienced. A combination of insider trading, [ Read More ]

JEAN SCHMIDT
Allowing more efficient trucks could drive the economy

Serious challenges face our aging interstate highway system. If we are going to reduce congestion and improve safety without increasing taxes or spending, we need to make our existing infrastructure more efficient. I was pleased to join Congressman Michael Michaud in introducing H.R. 763, the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act. Known as SETA, it would [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The vanishing middle class

For the two weeks since the debt ceiling deal was done, the stock market has been on a roller coaster with wild swings up and down every day. In stark contrast to the frantic activity on Wall Street, the rest of the economy seems placid. On July 29, the Commerce Department released data showing the [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Senior transportation allows many to live at home

Each year the Clermont Senior Services vans drive over three quarters of a million miles. This year we are on track to provide nearly 70,000 trips, taking older adults to medical and other appointments that allow them to continue living at home. Transportation is one of the most important services we provide. Getting where you [ Read More ]

KOEHLER
Smog is harmful to everybody

By Loren Koehler When a smog alert is issued, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “Will the protective membranes in my nose and throat swell?” “Will I have red, itchy eyes?” “Will my working lung capacity will decrease?” Chances are, probably not. But those questions are issues that could arise when smog levels [ Read More ]

JEAN SCHMIDT
Debt ceiling deal was an imperfect fix, but necessary

The recent debate about increasing our nation’s debt ceiling certainly wasn’t pretty. While I’m sure everyone involved had America’s best interests at heart, coming to agreement on how to stop this ridiculous spending of tax dollars tested the patience of not only members of Congress but also the public. What we settled on isn’t a [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
How does what you believe affect how you treat others?

When I was a young man I was far more idealistic and naive than I am today. When talking with family or friends I was often firm in my opinions, of which I had many. I was almost always quick to share those opinions and would rush to judgment about how I thought other people [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Remembering Ohio’s veterans

A veteran in Cincinnati recently wrote to me that, “it is good to know we are not forgotten.” There are more than 930,000 veterans in Ohio who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country. Members of the Armed Forces leave their families, endure great stress, and put their lives on the line for us. And, [ Read More ]

BROWN
Senior Services auction is set for September 9

Fifteen years ago, under the volunteer leadership of Judy Walker, Clermont Senior Services held an Art Auction at John Ruthven’s studio near Georgetown. I still have an original water color painting by local artist David P. Atkins that I purchased at that event. It was an exciting beginning, and within a few years the Art [ Read More ]


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