Opinion Archive

MARC HOOVER
The dreaded customer service menu tree should be illegal

Does anyone else hate customer service menu trees? Recently, after trying to use my credit card, it was declined. I knew this wasn’t correct because I didn’t have a balance. I told the employee behind the desk there was a mistake. I got the standard “Sure, that’s what they all say” response. Feeling embarrassed, I [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Novel will have more meaning to Boomers

Things can change in an instant. It only takes a minute to catch a mistake, a blink for disaster to occur, a heartbeat to alter history. When it’s over, you wonder how things happened so fast: a second, two shakes of a lamb’s tail or, as in the new book by Howard Means, just “67 [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Shor Park

Don’t let the plain appearance of Shor Park fool you, there is a lot of nature going on there. Located at 4659 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH, it is easy to miss the entrance driving by. There is a sign marking the park, and a nicely paved parking lot, but little else to draw one’s attention [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Are lawsuits necessary to determine which public restrooms we should use?

I am beginning to wonder if North Carolina has gone crazy. Last February, Charlotte, North Carolina passed an ordinance allowing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people to use the public restroom that matched their gender. During a special session a month later, North Carolina’s General Assembly passed House Bill 2 (HB2), which North Carolina [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
We even took the short cut

I have given the location of Fruit Ridge Road and approximately where our farm was located on this road. Our place sat about 3 miles from the Corporation limits of Moscow located on the Ohio River just below State Route 52. When we are riding in a car time and distance can feel so much [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
There’s too much secrecy in government

We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction. In fact, I’m dismayed by how often public officials fight not to do the public’s [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Working to create jobs and level the playing field for Ohio workers

My top priority in the Senate is to help create more and better Ohio jobs, with higher wages and benefits. Fair and balanced trade with more exports, while cracking down on unfair imports, will help keep good jobs here—and create new ones. Part of the answer is to level the playing field on exports and [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Meals on Wheels: Providing comfort and nutrition for Ohio’s seniors

Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers work tirelessly every day to provide nutritious meals and comfort for Ohio’s seniors. Again this year, I was honored to accompany Meals on Wheels team members, helping to deliver meals in Brown County during the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. March for Meals is a national campaign which [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Book serves as call to action

Daddy says the weeds have to go. Every weekend, he plucks them from your yard, pulls them up from their roots and tosses them in a pile. If they’re not grass, out they go. But does he know that some weeds can become butterflies? In “Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs” by Linda Vander Heyden, illustrated by Eileen [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Heartworm disease is alive and killing in Clermont County

Dog owners need to take heartworm disease seriously in Clermont county this summer. The disease is becoming increasingly widespread, and threatens any dogs which go outside. The worm that causes the devastating disease is carried from dog to dog by mosquitos. Mild winters give us more mosquitos and therefore greater likelihood of your dog getting [ Read More ]


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