Opinion Archive

The train came to Batavia

By Peter A. Barnes When I was a small boy, my family lived at the corner of Fourth Street and Wood Street. It was the late 1940s, and on cold winter nights, as I pulled the covers up around my head, I could sometimes hear the train, its steam engine chugging hard as it rounded [ Read More ]

Ohio farmers and families will benefit from tax cuts

By David T. Daniels If you are lucky enough to be among the two percent of the population to proudly call yourself a farmer in Ohio, the changes you have experienced in the last few years may have felt a bit like a roller coaster. From record high rainfall to the worst drought in more [ Read More ]

The 2014 Farm bill is an investment in rural America

By Tom Vilsack The 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed last week by President Obama, strengthens the farm safety net and ensures vital nutrition assistance for hardworking children and families during tough times. It closes loopholes and achieves much-needed reform, saving billions of taxpayer dollars. Those accomplishments are significant and should be commended, [ Read More ]

Bobby Graves, 29

Bobby P. Graves, 29, of Union Township, died Feb. 19. Graves is survived by his parents Robert and Kim Graves, sister April Graves, grandparents Bill and Betty Fox, and Roy and Rita Abrams, aunts and uncles John and Steve Graves and Brett and Bart Fox and nephew Mattison Graves. He was preceded in death by [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Orphan Choir’ is a good book to give you shivers, but not keep you up all night

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your neighbor loves heavy rock & roll. He has all the CDs of all the major metal bands. It’s impressive, really, the determination he used to find them, starting with the earliest and the heaviest. He listens to them every weekend. Over and over, loudly. Which would be nice, except you hate [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court deals with the issue of venue

By Paul Pfiefer On the evening of December 20, 2005, Byron Woods and his family were the victims of one of the most terrifying situations that can confront any family – a home invasion. The intruder broke into the Wood’s apartment brandishing a handgun and wearing a dark coat and a bandanna over his face. [ Read More ]

Harvey’s white mule and the great blizzard of ‘52

By George Brown When I was in the first grade I attended a one-room schoolhouse. We didn’t have bus service so all the kids walked to school; all that is except a boy named Harvey who rode a white mule to school every day. The story of how this came about is worth telling. For [ Read More ]

Providing workers with a fair wage is something we need to do now

By Sen. Sherrod Brown Last week, on February 13th, or 2-13, I introduced a resolution declaring the date as $2.13 Day. That’s because two dollars and thirteen cents is also the minimum wage for tipped workers. Two dollars and thirteen cents. Think about that. To add insult to injury, the tipped minimum wage has not [ Read More ]

Batavia’s railroads: Norfolk and Western

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. Ron Hill is pr4esidnet of the Clermont County Historical Society. By Ron Hill Part 2 The most famous wreck on the Norfolk & Western Railroad (then called the Cincinnati & Eastern Railroad) in Clermont County occurred on [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Fat Crisis’ is not your usual diet and exercise book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You feel as though you might have to quit your job. Yeah, you’re that desperate to get away from the treats that somebody’s been leaving in the break room. Nice gesture, but you’re totally incapable of resisting them and each bite ruins your diet. It’s a point of shame that you have [ Read More ]

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