Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
Are you one of the many who suffer with AAADD?

I spent most of last Saturday working in the yard. It’s a wonder that I got anything done. From the time I sat down in the garage to put my work shoes on at 7 a.m. until I sat back down to take them off at 3:30 I wandered around the yard like a blindfolded [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Recollections on the origin of Memorial Day

When I was a boy in the 1950s almost everyone observed Memorial Day or Decoration Day, as it was sometimes called. Parades were held in every town, and flowers and small flags adorned the graves of America’s war dead. All of America paused to honor those who had not long before sacrificed their lives for [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Representative Ryan, Medicare and taxes

The budget passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives just four weeks ago is reported to be “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate. Representative Paul Ryan’s (R – Wisconsin) scheme to privatize Medicare by giving the elderly a voucher and telling them to go buy insurance from private insurance companies with the voucher [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Two simple rules for a long and happy marriage

I’m writing from an island off Cape Fear North Carolina this week where Yvonne and I are sharing a vacation house with two couples we have become good friends with over the past few years. The origin of this triad friendship rests with the three ladies, as is typical of most couple relationships. A notable [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Senior Services offers support for caregivers

Pam Scott, a registered nurse on our staff at Clermont Senior Services, recently started a new caregiver support group. It was pouring down rain the morning of the first meeting. Pam stopped by my office and said, “I hope the rain doesn’t discourage people from attending.” She was not disappointed. A few minutes before the [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Renewal levy for Senior Services will be on ballot

At the Clermont Senior Services board meeting last week I presented the annual report for 2010. The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of our budget and service performance for the past year. An important part of the report each year is the board chairman’s message to the community. In this message [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
I enjoyed a birthday supper I’ll long remember

Yvonne and I drove up to Fredericktown in Knox County this past weekend to spend a couple of days with my sister, Kathy, and her husband, Don. Shortly after their marriage in 1964, Don and Kathy purchased a lake house at the end of Schultz Road on Knox Lake. Except for moving away for a [ Read More ]

RICK COMBS
Deputies have a new tool for patrol work

Law enforcement is no different than any other industry and is always coming up with new and improved methods and equipment for the safety of our communities. Today I’d like to discuss the Automatic Licenses Plate Reader (ALPR), a new tool the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office obtained through a Department of Homeland Security Grant. The [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Abuse of older adults is often a hidden secret

“I felt trapped, scared, used, and frustrated. Above all, I felt helpless.” You probably heard those words on the evening news a few weeks ago. They were spoken by Mickey Rooney as he sat before a U.S. Senate committee and shook his fist in the air, expressing his frustration and anger about the alleged exploitation [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Portman’s policies are a re-run of former president’s

I was fascinated by Senator Rob Portman’s article of April 14th (“Happy Tax Freedom Day”). In his article Portman states “If big government policies and irresponsible deficit spending continue,” then “Tax Freedom Day will likely come on a much later time for future generations.” I presume Senator Portman is referring to such irresponsible deficit spending [ Read More ]


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