Opinion Archive

MARC HOOVER
Kudos to the Mt. Orab Kroger

I have been shopping at Kroger since the late 1970s. I can remember the days before grocery chains bought into the big box theme. There were only a few aisles, and the frozen food section was limited to an aisle with a large freezer. The grocery business is now simplifying the grocery process with online [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Hanging out was a good time

In the fall of 1962 I began attending Felicity Franklin schools instead Moscow schools. That fall I entered the 8th grade as I entered a school with kids and teachers I had never seen before. The first few days of school were to say the least scary to me but as each day passed I [ Read More ]

ERIN SMITH
Play is important when learning to read

­­­The “Webster’s Desk Dictionary of the English Language” offers 34 different definitions of the word “play.” It is hard to imagine that something as simple as play could be important enough to warrant 34 different meanings. However, play is one of the most important methods of learning for young children. Through play, children learn to [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
How diabetes affects your pets

What is it: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic endocrine disorder that is quite common in dogs and cats. It is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) which results when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to meet the animal’s requirements. Insulin is a hormone which is needed to transport glucose (blood sugar) as [ Read More ]

TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Look carefully before picking your Medicare Option plan

Get ready to make some decisions. Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through early December. It’s the time when seniors and disabled people can switch plans to cover gaps in Medicare’s coverage. Medicare continues to be one of the country’s most popular social programs, but there are coverage gaps. The program is complicated [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Faithful’ is impossible to put down

The best years of your life. That’s what people tell you about high school. Remember those days, they say. They’ll be the best of your life. But zits, mean girls, broken dreams, and broken friends aren’t exactly best. Sometimes in high school, as in the new book “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman, the very worst things [ Read More ]

KATHY PFEIFFER
Weekend Walker: Clepper Park

If you’re like us, you have heard of Clepper Park but have never been there.  Located at 4722 Summerside Drive in Union Township, it was much more than we expected, and we were glad we finally made a point of going there.  Not only was there an excellent walking trail, there were recreation amenities of all [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
The season to be jolly

Everyone knows the holidays are officially here when large box stores began setting up their Christmas displays. For instance, while at Walmart, employees had pushed the Halloween leftovers into the center of the store and reduced prices for an easy sell. People were picking through them faster than a Turkey Buzzard devouring roadkill. Meanwhile, in [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Harvest fundraiser a huge success

To the Jason McElfresh family, the Harvest Fest fundraiser was like an early Thanksgiving. Members of his family, as well as the Monroe Township Historic Society, want to express deep appreciation to friends and neighbors as well as those strangers who stopped by the Grant Memorial Church. From Columbus they’d driven down to Point Pleasant [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Where the price was right

When I look back on all those years I spent on the farm I talk about the days when the fields were green or the sun was hot and cloudless and how the days seemed to never end. For the most part that is very true but it wasn’t all the time, as the best [ Read More ]


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