Opinion Archive

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 ]

GEORGE BROWN
History of the Civil War touches close to home

The dates of April 9 through 15 hold unique standing in the annals of the Civil War. On April 12, one hundred and fifty years ago this week, this tragic chapter in our Nation’s history began with the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Though not great in number, there were Americans yet alive whose own fathers [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Bushy eyebrows are more than a sign of old age

When I looked in the mirror one morning last week I could see that it had happened again. Overnight I had sprouted three new curly eyebrow hairs, two gray and one black. They stood out like dandelions that pop up overnight in a freshly mown lawn. Where in the world do these wild hairs come [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Memories are still cherished 36 years later

It was late afternoon when Yvonne and I arrived at Sunrise Campground in Mt. Rainer National Park in September 1974. We had crossed the continental divide at the Montana Idaho boarder two days early and were impressed with the view, but nothing could have prepared us for the iconic majesty of Mt. Rainier. Early that [ Read More ]

Savory Selects will add choice and save money

It’s not often that we can make a major program change that improves quality and saves money at the same time, but this is exactly what we are accomplishing with the introduction of Savory Selects meals for our meals-on-wheels program. Savory Selects, developed by the Derringer Company in Cincinnati, is a line of frozen meals [ Read More ]

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 ]


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