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  • Odds and ends, and a thank-you note

    Today's Word of the Day is allyship. A word I was happily ignorant of until a recent county commissioners' meeting. Whoever came up with "allyship" must be totally ignorant of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” (Matthew 7:12). Enough said.
  • UPDATED IV: Someone is lying – or dazed and confused – about the race for county sheriff
    There are some people in this world who are born to be useful idiots. Lord knows, today I feel like one of them. While I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, most days I am not without some measure of intelligence and influence.
  • Eventually, everyone wakes up to reality
    It is encouraging to see Democrat mayors and their erstwhile supporters beginning to wake up. Sanctuary cities were never the friend of the legitimate U.S. residents living there. They are nothing more than feigned wokeness to play to a political base.
  • Congress losing several honorable lawmakers (reasons vary)
    As of last week, a total of 50 members of Congress, including seven members of the U.S. Senate and 43 members of the U.S. House, have announced they would not seek re-election this year.
  • Clermont County likely to determine Wenstrup's successor
    The 2024 primary may very well resemble a 1993 congressional race between former Republican congressmen Bob McEwen and Rob Portman. McEwen won four of the five counties in the district – Adams, Brown, Clermont and Warren. In Adams, once part of his district, he received 77 percent of the vote, 67 points ahead of Portman. Portman won only Hamilton County, but by a large enough margin to win the primary with 17,531 votes.
  • All about Lynchburg: Seeing a local legend and discussing an older one
    Now here at The Rock, there are two rules and only two rules. Rule No. 1: Obey all rules. Rule No. 2: There will be no writing on the walls. OK. This is not the Mayberry Jail. But here at The HCP, there is one rule: HCP Karma never fails.
  • In defense of the ancient plumb bob; Second District primary taking shape
    Today's Word of the Day is groma. I was happily ignorant of the word until my son – who is a schoolteacher – said to me (paraphrasing): "You used to be a surveyor, do you know what this is?" Colin had drawn a rudimentary picture of a groma.
  • Rep. Leo Ryan's heroism at Jonestown
    Ryan recognized that investigating Jones could be dangerous; he considered taking a gun to protect himself from robbers. Yet neither he nor anyone else expected Jones to unleash the violence he did. In the end, Ryan, too, was a victim. At a remote dirt airstrip in Port Kaituma, Guyana, he and four others were assassinated by Jones’ hit squad while escorting 14 Americans to safety.
  • The Shell Answer Man revisited
    The day before Halloween 2023 was a Monday. It was a real Monday all the way around.
  • Deadline Oct. 6 to opt out of electricity aggregation program
    I have had AEP service for more than four decades at my home and business. I am not upset with my AEP billing or service. Had I discarded what at first glance I thought was junk mail, I would have unwittingly changed billing services. No thanks. I'll keep my billing – and more importantly my customer service – with AEP Ohio.
  • 'Best countries' report ignores reality
    There's a right way and a wrong way to enter foreign countries. Some are more tolerant than others. I suspect if U.S. News and World surveyed the estimated 10 to 20 million illegals in the U.S., they would agree, this is the greatest nation on earth. Let's act like it – and let's be grateful that it is. If we can keep it.
  • Laughter really is good medicine
    Yes, laughter is the best medicine. While this column may lack depth (what do you want for nothing, a rubber biscuit?), I'll close with this: Here's to four more years for Turd Ferguson; we all need the jocularity. Thanks, Joe, and the Cackler. Good health to the POTUS.
  • The brave and noble 56
    On Independence Day, July 4, let us not forget to think about the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and the prices many paid for their respective commitments to forming a new nation.
  • The good, the not-so-good, and the ugly
    Since at least March 2013, Hillsboro city officials have been made aware that the city's lodging (motel) tax was improperly levied. Since 2013, Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins has told anyone who would listen that this tax should not have been levied.  So has The Highland County Press.
  • A few kudos, a thank-you or two, and a long goodbye
    This past week’s mail brought a couple of interesting items. First off, while I was anticipating the arrival of a new gas cap for my wife’s Jeep Compass to correct an emissions issue, the package that arrived felt more like a hardcover book than a Jeep gas cap. Much to my surprise, I received a copy of Dr. Robert T. Sharp’s new book, “The Bull in the Darkness and the One-Eyed Dog,” a followup to his well-received classic, “No Dogs in Heaven? Scenes from the Life of a Country Veterinarian.”
  • Happy Mother's Day: And the value of a parental 'no'
    If any of us needed to hear that word more than the others, it was me. There is parental value in saying "no" to some of the whims of your children. They will thank you for it later in life. Happy Mother's Day to all good mothers everywhere.
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