Opinion Archive

Stroke awareness – quick action is critical to survival

A friend of mine recently had a mild stroke. It was serious enough to require a brief hospital stay and a period of rehabilitation at a health care facility. With some lifestyle changes she hopes to return home soon, or move to an assisted living facility. My friend is among the nearly 800,000 Americans, mostly [ Read More ]

We’re all in a Ball of Confusion

I have paid close attention to my two grandchildren as they are growing up. Carson is six and Eva is five and at their young ages they are still very innocent and approach each day as an adventure that is full of happiness and excitement. To them, the only reference to color may be that [ Read More ]

Arrests shake major media conglomerate

Bribing police, wiretapping phones, lying under oath to committees of elected representatives investigating criminal activities. The actions of Michael Corleone? No, these activities – normally associated with mob bosses – were “business as usual” for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire since at least 2002. In addition, Murdoch’s underlings deleted millions of e-mails and hacked into the [ Read More ]

Senior Services Levy helps both seniors and caregivers

It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time someone will question why Clermont Senior Services helps older adults who have grown children? As one person said to me, “That’s the family’s responsibility. You should only serve people who have no family.” My answer to this comment is always the same, “Sometimes there is more [ Read More ]

Improving Ohio’s infrastructure

Just a couple of weeks ago my colleagues and I were able to pass an unprecedented budget, which successfully filled an $8 billion deficit without increasing taxes. While I am proud of this accomplishment, there is still more work that needs to be done here in Ohio. As a member of the House Transportation and [ Read More ]

Has Obama brought troubles on himself?

As the debt ceiling dispute began to seem like a crisis, David Frum made an interesting observation. Frum, a former speechwriter in the Administration of George Bush, Jr., said recently that by his habit of caving in to the demands of Republicans, Obama has set the stage for the U.S. government to default on its [ Read More ]

It’s important to test your mettle

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them, not what they do to him, that is the true test of his mettle.” Mettle can be defined in numerous ways and tested at many levels during life’s unpredictable and bumpy journey. A few common definitions of [ Read More ]

Thoughts on growing old

Not so long ago incurable diseases and the wear and tear of survival offered little hope of growing old. Reaching old age was like winning the lottery except there were no tickets for sale. We are privileged to live in an era when we not only hope to grow old, we expect it. Despite this [ Read More ]

Bath salts are the new drug of choice

In January, our office began receiving information about the sale and use of a new drug intentionally misbranded and being sold as “bath salts” to mask its sole purpose as a recreational drug. These “bath salts” contain an active ingredient known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV and can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. Once ingested, [ Read More ]

The origin of the tomato and peanut butter sandwich

To be specific, that’s open faced on toast, preferably wheat or other whole grain bread. Except for the darkest days of winter when hot-house tomatoes are pink, tough, and tasteless, I’m as likely as not to start the day with this favorite breakfast, along with a tall cup of coffee to wash it down – [ Read More ]

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