Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ is a stunning, dignified book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your mind’s made up. There’s no going back once you’ve made a choice between Door Number One or Door Number Two. You’re not a waffler, you weighed pros and cons, and you’re confident you picked correctly. Or not. Indeed, the worst part about making a decision can be the regret that’s possible [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
What you need to know about xylitol poisoning in canines

By Dr. Dan Meakin Sugar substitutes are big business. Less sugar can mean weight loss, improved health, diabetic control, and even reduced tooth decay. The quest for products that can sweeten and cook like sugar is ongoing. Xylitol is common sugar substitute, especially when it comes to sugarless gum. Not only does xylitol offer sweetness [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A dog ran off with my backpack, column and all

By George Brown I’m writing to you this week from scenic Sedona, Arizona. I brought my laptop, and with the wonders of the internet I anticipated no problems submitting my column to the paper by the usual deadline. But, as luck would have it, I came very close to having to report to the editor [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Our commitment to strengthen the middle Class

By Sherrod Brown Labor Day, which we celebrated last week, shouldn’t simply mark the end of summer. It should also mark the beginning of our renewed commitment to fighting for American workers and strengthening our middle class. Last week, I received an email from Bill Ross, an Ohio business leader, explaining what Labor Day means [ Read More ]

JOHN BECKER
Founding Fathers knew the importance of states’ rights

By John Becker It is not as widely known as other holidays, so many Americans probably are not even aware that September 17th is “Constitution Day.” So I think it is as good a time as any to give our premier founding document some thought, and although the day is intended to shine light on [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Goat Mountain’ will capture your attention, make you lose sleep

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It’s always about the hunt. It doesn’t matter whether the stalk takes place on an isle or down an aisle. Makes no difference if the prey has a rack or is on a rack. Could be elusive or expensive, it’s a hunt just the same. The thing is, you never forget your [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Grant and Sherman’s memoirs are long, difficult to put down

By George Brown Growing up, I was not a reader; and it is no wonder. As best as I can recall the only publications to be found in our home were these three: a Bible (which was seldom read), school textbooks, and, lastly, publications Mom picked up at the grocery store, like “The National Enquirer, [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Too many are struggling just to get by

By Sherrod Brown For generations, hardworking Americans have left their homes every morning – and some at night – to earn an honest living, to provide for their loved ones, and to ensure their children have enough food, clothes, and education to thrive. Steelworkers, nurses, mechanics, teachers, and plumbers weren’t always treated with the dignity [ Read More ]

LEN HARDING
Unions are misunderstood, may be our last chance

By Len Harding Now that we’ve survived the smarmy tip-o-the-hat to working people, we can talk about what labor is all about. Most of what passes for information about unions in Clermont County is really just polemical off-gassing by hacks in the pay of one-per-centers. Hacks’ collective goal is not to save us from unions, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Flames and Smoke Visible’ will light up your imagination

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The air conditioning is on. It’s been on a lot this summer because, without it, you’d probably melt. Yes, you’re hot, and we’re not talking Wow-You’re-Looking-Good-Tonight hot. We’re talking about Sitting-In-Front-of-the-A/C-Vents-Just-to-Survive hot. Whew! And you know, there’s one group of people who willingly spend hours, if needed, in a place that’s even [ Read More ]


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