Opinion Archive

Census tells us there is great potential in rural America

By Tom Vilsack This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story of the unlimited potential and growing opportunity in [ Read More ]

Court deals with case of injured worker

By Paul Pfeifer Billy G. Black started working for Park Ohio Industries decades ago, when he was a teenager. When Black injured his back while working as a press operator on October 17, 2000, his eventual workers’ compensation claim ended up here – at the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. Elizabeth Mease diagnosed Black’s injury as [ Read More ]

Maple syrup operation taps sappy memories of childhood

By George Brown I stopped by Clermont County Park District’s annual Pancakes in the Park breakfast at Pattison Park last Saturday morning and enjoyed some real maple syrup with blueberries on my pancakes. Even sweeter was reminiscing with a few old timers who happen to know a thing or two about tapping maple trees and [ Read More ]

The Batavia Roller Mill

Author Cindy Johnson of Batavia is an artist and an officer in The Clermont County Historical Society. She lives near the old mill. By Cindy Johnson When my husband and I first moved to Batavia, I became fascinated with an old wooden, four-story abandoned wreck of a building I drove past regularly. It was wedged [ Read More ]

The economy of hate puts our economy, infrastructure at risk

Paul Schwietering I suppose I should begin this article with a disclosure: I once had Brad Wenstrup examine my right foot in his capacity as a podiatrist (this was before he was elected to congress). My impression of him was that he was extremely competent and professional (after a brief examination of my foot, he [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Readers will step into ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ and never want to leave

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It all seemed like a good idea. You’d graduate from high school and take three months to bike across country. Or build a house. Or start a business, hitchhike Europe , or any other harebrained plan your teenage minds thought up. It would be a bonding experience. Friends forever. It didn’t take [ Read More ]

Cyclists and drivers need to cooperate

By Kristin Rover In my career as a journalist I have become immune to writing tragic stories, but none have affected me as much as a story I wrote last week. Frederick Carey, a local teacher, family man, outdoorsman, and cyclist, was hit and killed while riding his bike on Round Bottom Road in Union [ Read More ]

Residents should know about pipeline

Dear Editor: Should Clermont County residents know more about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that is to buried under our farmland? This pipeline will carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio to the Ohio River. The proposed path brings the pipeline through Clermont around Felicity and Chilo where it will [ Read More ]

The trouble with coal

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. Peter A. Barnes, writer, consultant and a Batavia native, now lives near Milford pursuing his life-long interest in local history. By Peter A. Barnes The railroad changed Batavia, and so did coal. In 1876 Batavia was a [ Read More ]

Lessons learned from having my first bicycle

By George Brown I like my new bicycle. Well, it’s not exactly new but it is new to me. It’s the first bicycle I’ve owned since I was 13, nearly 55 years ago, and I’m itching for a warm spring day to get out and see if the old adage is true about never forgetting [ Read More ]

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