Opinion Archive

MARC HOOVER
Heroin is destroying families

Last Saturday, my wife and I were out on our weekly grocery shopping trip. While standing in the checkout line, we heard a cashier in the next line frantically trying to get a manager on the store phone. Our cashier said that someone had overdosed on heroin in the restroom. Within minutes, police and an [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Two doctors to a farm

About a year ago I wrote a little about Dr. Barber, our family doctor, and how important he was to our family and how valuable he was to many other folks in our community. As true as his importance was, he was only one side of a farmer’s medical needs. Doc Barber treated me for [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Williamsburg food service changes questioned

As Paul Harvey would say, here’s “the rest of the story.” During the fall of 2015, word had gotten out that Williamsburg Local District was going to outsource the food service department. Several board meetings were held with the community and employees present. The board assured everyone that they had no intentions to outsource. In [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Our schools lose money to charters

Dear Editor: When our children fail in school, they are punished. So why don’t we punish schools that fail our children? Ohio charter schools are doing just that. Ohio taxpayers pay $1 billion annually for a for-profit charter school system, and online charter schools receive more than $250 million per year. We are paying charter [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The right Republican

Some people are confused over the two gentlemen running to replace the retiring Bob Proud for County Commissioner on Nov. 8. One candidate, David Painter, sought and received the endorsement of the Central Committee of the Clermont County Republican Party. The other candidate, Tom Bixler, did not seek an endorsement from the CCRP Central Committee [ Read More ]

Garth Shanklin
Don’t take anything for granted

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor As I prepared to go to bed on Saturday night, the Bengals dominated my thoughts. The team faced a tough match against Denver on Sunday, and I was concerned they wouldn’t be able to pull out the win. When I woke up Sunday morning and checked my phone, suddenly, I [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Bethel-Tate places levy on Nov. 8 ballot

I am, Lois Dennis, a resident of Tate Township and a retired teacher of Bethel-Tate Local School District. Due to a new job Dave Fallis, resigned from his position as chair of the Tiger Pride Community Wide levy campaign chair. I accepted a co-chair position along with my colleague and friend Cindy Shepherd, a secretary [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
When will state Route 131 be done?

As I hear the “racetrack” buzzing by my house on Cedarville, I wonder, “What happened to my quiet home?” I know rain and heat can delay work, but the ongoing work on state Route 131 is about three weeks past the original complete date. The problem? The “locals” do not use the long detour on [ Read More ]

MARC HOOVER
Another deadly confrontation

Last week, Bryan Mason, a nine-year Columbus, Ohio, police veteran shot and killed Tyre King, 13, and friend Demetrius Braxton, 19. Both were suspected of their involvement in a man’s robbery. Officer Mason chased King and Braxton, who originally gave themselves up and laid on the ground. Braxton said King then tried to flee. Officer [ Read More ]

JOHN BECKER
Reducing DUI recidivism in Ohio

Drunk driving accounted for 9,967 car crash deaths in 2014, equating to one every 53 minutes. On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. For drunk drivers serving a suspension, anywhere from 50 to 75 percent continue to drive illegally while serving that suspension. The statistics [ Read More ]


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