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  • Shaffer Park decision lacked transparency

    One thing, though, is becoming clear: Many of those volunteers and businesses are not pleased with the city's lack of transparency on the Shaffer Park decision. To the best of my knowledge, this issue has not been discussed in open session with members of Hillsboro City Council. The mayor never formally announced Gregory's hiring at a council meeting. Why not? For a new $58,000 city position, shouldn't city council – and the city's residents and taxpayers – be informed?
  • The only pro-democracy Republican in Congress? Seriously?
    With such a crowded field for Ohio's Second Congressional race to succeed U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, it came as no surprise whatsoever that a candidate today tossed his support to another. In fact, I predicted as much in December 2023.
  • Popcorn, peanuts: Second District race to replace Wenstrup a political circus
    Have you heard that there's a March primary election to see who will succeed current Rep. Brad Wenstrup in Ohio's Second Congressional District? If you are blissfully unaware of this political circus, count yourself among the fortunate ones.
  • Random rants on a cold winter's night
    Fauci did not need a mask or a vaccine during COVID-19. He needed a muzzle. Sadly, aside from Fauci's admissions of misinformation, he will not be held accountable for any of it. Good riddance.
  • 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.
  • A sad day for Ohio's Second District
    I first met Brad Wenstrup in 2012, along with his former staff member Brian Shrive, who is now an attorney with the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office. I enjoyed speaking with both men. In our first meeting, Dr. Wenstrup talked about the core values associated with leadership, saying, "The Army has an acronym for 'leadership:' Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage (LDRSHIP)."
  • The Shell Answer Man revisited
    The day before Halloween 2023 was a Monday. It was a real Monday all the way around.
  • A great week for Whiteoak High School, et al.
    This has been an impressive week for Whiteoak High School. Longtime baseball coach Chris Veidt was selected to the 2024 class of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and cross-country runner Landen Eyre won the Southeast District Division III Cross Country Championships at the University of Rio Grande for the second straight year.
  • How I spent my Day of Rage on Friday the 13th
    Throughout Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 13, almost every national news report included something about avoiding crowds on Oct. 13. I try avoid crowds every day, so it's an easy assignment for me. Except on Friday the 13th.
  • 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.
  • Beach bar balladeer's music, stories live on
    One of my favorite Jimmy Buffett quotes is “If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached.” And now it has a new leader of the band. For the rest of us, his music and stories live on.
  • UPDATED: A sad day in Kansas – and America
    The First Amendment is not in Kansas anymore. It died in the Jayhawk State this week. Newspaper co-owner dies after police raid.
  • Godspeed, Bob Hodson: 1927-2023
    Bob will always exemplify the can-do spirit of American entrepreneurship and community leadership. He did so much for Highland County. More than most of us will ever know. Godspeed, my friend. You will be missed. Thank you for every word of encouragement.
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