Local Columns

Do you need to ask the question?

One of the most difficult things you will ever do is ask a friend, a loved one, your life partner, “Are you considering suicide?” You think he or she might be. She seems distant, isolated, brooding, but you have no idea why. He won’t talk about whatever is bothering him. There is ...

Summer: Stress safety first

School is out for the summer. Graduation parties are in full swing. There are plans for amusement parks, camping trips, and days boating, fishing and a myriad of other activities that will create memories that will last a lifetime. The National Safety Council urges everyone to think safety. It ...

Nutrition affects your well being

You are what you eat, physically, emotionally and mentally. “… A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems,” advises the Preventive ...

Improving quality of life with physical activity

Everyone should accept the way they are, the way they look. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the decision to become a better, healthier you. You can blame your problems on other people and things, but ultimately, you are the one who has to take the bull by the horns and change what you need ...

The Misguided and Memorial Day

Ask many U.S. citizens about the meaning of the holiday we celebrate on the last Monday of May each year and you will hear an alarming array of ignorance. They have no clue that we are honoring the 1.2 million Americans that as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address, gave the last ...

The STOP Act will keep deadly synthetic opioids out of Ohio

“A toxicology report confirms fentanyl as the cause of death.” We’re seeing this headline way too often in Ohio. Fentanyl —  or synthetic heroin —  is now the top killer in the opioid epidemic. The Columbus area recently reported a 47 percent increase in overdose deaths from ...

A state of mind: Victimization

Have you heard someone say, “Nobody can do something to you unless you allow it”? Did you realize that “victimization” is bullying? Victimization is “the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.” When you read or watch the news or hang out at social media, you ...

Creating an invisible fence

The United States is being invaded. Not by little men from outer space but by foreign nationals from around the world. Look up the definition of invasion in any dictionary. An incursion by a large number of people, an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain, the incoming or spread of ...

GUEST COLUMN: Private sector has powerful incentive to treat opioid addiction

From The Washington Post — May 14 In the steadily growing U.S. economy, with tax reform and regulatory relief leading businesses to invest more in both facilities and people, the unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2000. A record number of business owners say now is ...

End of life: What happens when you lose a loved one

Adulting is a challenge sometimes, and is particularly difficult when your personal resources are running low or you are proceeding on fumes at the bottom of your reservoir. End of life is difficult. It’s as much about living as the beginning of a life. End of life is a trial as you watch a ...

Building relationships with mothers

By Eloise V. Traina, CEO Family Recovery Center "Be Nice." These words follow me on a daily basis. They were the words my mother spoke to me on a regular basis. I imagine this was probably a daily reminder, especially since I was an obstreperous teenager. And, sometimes, it is hard to be ...

‘General welfare’ and post-Constitutional America

I recently had an exchange with a reader who took issue with an attribution that I had made in one of my op-eds. The direction of the interchange has led to the following related to the redistribution of wealth by the federal government. Conservatives have won the battle of ideas. No ...

Elder abuse is an ‘epidemic’ problem

The “golden years” often are not so golden. Physical agility and energy are not what they used to be. Health issues related to aging arise for many elders. Unfortunately, the problem of elder abuse also is rising. As we move into May, Older Americans Month, we look at elder abuse. The ...

GUEST COLUMN: We must come together to beat opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities, breaking families apart, and taking lives across America. The opioid crisis affects every aspect of our communities, and everyone has a role to play in overcoming it. That's why we have partnered to highlight ways we can all come together to ...

Autism Awarness Month: There is hope

One in every 68 children in America has an autism diagnosis. One in six children aged 3 to 17 has a developmental disability. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Every person is different, affected at varying degrees, advises the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and ...

Trying to understand the Narcan situation

As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to be fought by first responders who are on the front line and the agencies working in the background, people still criticize use of Narcan to prevent death from overdose. One of the reasons cited is that it is costly. But the problem is huge enough ...

Holding DACA illegals to the law of the land

The Greek mathematician Archimedes, in 250 BC, stated the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Likewise, the shortest distance between freedom and tyranny is the destruction of the rule of law. The rule of law is the principle that the law should govern, not the mandates ...

Coal emerged as surprise power source this winter

It's was a rough winter for much of America. As the Department of Energy has reported, a "bomb cyclone" winter storm struck much of the eastern United States in late December and early January. It plunged the region into a deep freeze and sparked a significant rise in demand for additional ...

MHRS: What Columbiana County is doing about opiate epidemic

The notorious photograph posted at Facebook by the East Liverpool Police Department in 2016 brought global attention to the opiate epidemic in our region, creating concern and controversy. The epidemic and what is being done to address it concerns everyone. The county’s first line of ...

Understanding what addiction actually is

Opioids are used for pain management and other health conditions and include codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine, propoxyphen (Darvocet) and methadone. “Susie” is being treated for severely painful sciatica. The doctors prescribe pain ...