Opinion Archive

The boys leave for ‘Over There’

Batavia is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and The Clermont Sun is publishing a series of historic vignettes. The late Rosanna Hoberg, author, was a columnist and reporter for The Clermont Sun. This column was published in 1964. By Rosanna Hoberg Batavia in the late 1800s had four manufacturing machine shops, two foundries, a brick [ Read More ]

A pilgrim’s visit to Rooks Hollow

By George Brown Feeling much in need of clearing the cobwebs from my mind, early last Friday morning I embarked on a 10 mile loop hike at East Fork State Park. I began at the Corps of Engineer’s visitors center by the dam. I won’t lie to you, my midpoint destination was the home of [ Read More ]

House Bill 488 sets veterans up for success

By Doug Green Last month, Governor Kasich signed into law House Bill 488, legislation that significantly and positively benefits servicemen and women. The bill allows such individuals to gain college or vocational credit from military training and experience. Each and every day the men and women in the United States Armed Forces receive diverse and [ Read More ]

Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve

By Sherrod Brown To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax. This practice, which occurs across [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Hard Choices’ isn’t bad, isn’t great and probably isn’t going to change your mind

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your mind may already be made up. Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you’d like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you’ve decided. Was it difficult [ Read More ]

Clearing up the difference between annuals and perennials

By Steve Boehme Many people are confused by the words “annual” and “perennial”. A good way to remember the difference is that perennial starts with “P” just like the word “permanent”. A perennial plant or perennial is a non-woody plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials, especially small flowering plants, grow and bloom [ Read More ]

Solutions to VA problems lie in care and efficiency

By Brad Wenstrup The current Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in disarray. While most of the people that make up the VA system are great Americans, far too many have deviated from scruples at the expense of our veterans and taxpayers. Despite outdated VA technology, too often we’re finding the root cause of dysfunction [ Read More ]

Many good careers are available without a college degree

By Harry Snyder On my way to our Live Oaks campus in Milford today, a radio story discussed the plight of a 2008 college graduate working at a minimum wage job because she couldn’t find work in her chosen career field over the past six years. At Live Oaks, I attended a panel discussion about [ Read More ]

Methuselah, PETA, and a little wine for thy stomach’s sake

By George Brown Not long ago I heard a British scientist on the radio discussing the possibility of people living for hundreds of years, maybe even thousands. He believes this will become possible as miraculous breakthroughs in medical science continue to occur over the coming decades. As I listened I couldn’t help but think of [ Read More ]

Competitive business in a global economy

By Sherrod Brown For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to [ Read More ]

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