Opinion Archive

Time spent with friends brings joy to our lives

I’m feeling a little bit like the “Ole Fisherman” this week. It was a busy but interesting week. Mostly I was busy at work, but I’ll share a few other experiences that made this past week especially enjoyable. I’ve been a member of the Batavia Rotary Club since 1992 and have made many friends there. [ Read More ]

Gas prices will impact transportation budget

Before I share how rising gas prices will impact our transportation budget at Senior Services, let’s have a brief history and civics lesson about gas prices in the U.S. and around the world. When I arrived at Clermont Senior Services in July 1991, the average price of gasoline in the U.S. was $1.14 per gallon. [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Blatant hucksterism

Congressman Peter King (R, New York), who became Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee when Republicans became the majority in the House in January, has decided to hold hearings about terrorism. He has not, however, decided to look into all terrorism. Congressman King has decided that the hearings of his committee will focus exclusively [ Read More ]

Now that my retirement is officially on the horizon …

After nearly 40 years of providing services for older adults, including the past 20 years at Clermont Senior Services, I’ll be retiring at the end of 2011. Let’s get one thing out of the way – I will continue to write a column for the Clermont Sun. You can still expect to read about the [ Read More ]

The backpack and critter stories – how it all began

Folks who have been reading this column for a while know that I’ve had some incredible near-death encounters over the years with an assortment of strange and fearsome critters – like bears, alligators, bobcats, and even a TSA agent at the airport that looked like a wrestler named Helga; and readers know that each time [ Read More ]

Senior Services names new members to board

It is no mistake that the board members of nonprofit organizations are called trustees. They are entrusted by the community with the responsibility of ensuring that the nonprofit organization will diligently pursue its mission and, in the course of doing so, that all board members and staff will maintain the highest standards of integrity, quality, [ Read More ]

Deregulation has a very long and troubled history

It was quite an experience to read Rob Portman’s article about his deregulation bill (“Portman introduces ‘Job Creation Act,’ February 10th). Given the fact that the economy we have now is the direct result of “financial deregulation,” it is difficult to see how he expects “deregulation” to produce jobs. When the Republicans controlled the House [ Read More ]

Learning the lessons of the Tuscon shooting

On Jan. 8, 2011, most of us sat glued to our televisions watching the events unfold in the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona that took the life of six people including a nine-year-old girl while seriously injuring a dozen more at an open air meeting with a respected member of Congress, Gabrielle Giffords. The 22-year-old [ Read More ]

Monterey Mitch: Expect six more weeks of winter

We live about a mile down the road from where U.S. Route 50 passes through the little village of Monterey. For the past five or six years I’ve been keeping company with a groundhog that I’ve named Monterey Mitch. I guess you could say that Mitch and I have grown old together, because in groundhog [ Read More ]

A close encounter with a park ranger and a dog

I asked Yvonne if she had any ideas for a column for this week. She said she thought it was about time I wrote a true story for a change ““ “Not one of those cockamamie yarns about using a backpack to save yourself from a critter.” I reminded her (as if I should have [ Read More ]


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