Local Columns

Once you hit send, it’s on the Internet forever

The Internet is a double-edged sword. There is ready access to good and bad information, good and bad social interaction, and good and bad behaviors. Not everyone can think past the impulsive moment when sharing something questionable with others. And it’s been a difficult lesson for some ...

Heat Stress: ‘Tis the season

So far this spring, the temperatures have pretty much been comfortable, but with summer just ahead, what’s in store for you? How will the weather conditions affect you and your family? The NASD (National Ag Safety Databases) provide a lot of good information about farm safety that also is ...

A little compassion goes a long way

The tongue is a double-edged sword. Gossip is hurtful, and its cousin, Stigma, is, too. And both are disrespectful. Everyone is subject to their moments. Humans err. But we can make things better, too. For eons, mothers have taught their children, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t ...

Veterans leave part of them behind

“I left my soul in Iraq,” she said. “I’ve seen things no woman should ever see.” She is a military veteran with several tours of duty spent in the Middle East. Despite the PTSD and other issues she has endured, she has no regrets and would do it again. There has been a cost for her ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

There are some discouraging days in everyone’s life. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is sitting right there on your shoulders and there isn’t one thing you can do about it. You don’t have the energy to pick yourself up, the stamina to keep yourself going, the determination to turn ...

Let’s address the problem of drug addiction, not retreat

Last week the media reported that the White House is considering cutting 95 percent of the funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). I understand the need for deficit reduction, but at a time when Ohio and the country is facing the worst drug crisis in our history, these ...

Older Americans Month: Active, fit in the game plan

Melba stepped on the scales and frowned. She had been fighting the same 10 pounds for a long time. Lose them. Gain them back. Her knees hurt when she went up and down stairs. Her feet hurt when she walked or stood in one place for too long. She hated that she was getting old. What a depressing ...

Concerns regarding medical marijuana cultivation in our area

In the past weeks, we have read several articles in the local newspapers as well as others within the region that several individuals are looking to develop a medical marijuana cultivation facility or agricultural area within the Salem and/or surrounding areas. Individuals have completed ...

Let’s end government shutdowns for good

Let's shut down government shutdowns. They don't work for anyone. Even the threat of government shutdowns hurts the economy, and when you look back historically, government shutdowns don't save money for hard-working taxpayers; they cost taxpayers more. Every year, Congress is supposed to ...

Sometimes new moms could use some help

Often, when a woman learns she is pregnant there is excitement and great joy to share this wondrous news with family and friends and track the stages of growth of the baby as time passes. As the last weeks of pregnancy wind down time seems to slow. There are backaches, swollen ankles and you ...

Mental Health Month targets ‘Risky Business’

Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) has led the observance of National Mental Health Month in May. This year MHA is talking about “Risky Business.” We need to educate ourselves about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing mental illnesses, or could be signs of ...

Freedom III: The essence of America

The third column of a three-part series discussing the concept of freedom in America. The reality of life in America today is that almost everything government imposes is by force. The citizen has little latitude when it comes to interacting with the heavy hand of government. This ...

Drug use deters job opportunities in county

For some time this region has been looking for a stronger economy and healthy job market with jobs that pay a good salary and make it possible to provide for a family. Prosperity seems to be just around the corner. There is a demand for good and healthy workers. Unfortunately it is difficult to ...

Freedom II: The essence of America

Editor's note: The second column of a three-part series discussing the concept of freedom in America. ———————— Woody Hayes, the famous Ohio State football coach, once said: “When you throw a pass, three things can happen and two of them are bad.” Likewise, when you ...

Helping homeless children find shelter

Homelessness is dangerous, especially for kids. They are more vulnerable to become victims of crime; they’re more vulnerable to disease, and they’re more likely to become victims of human trafficking. Homeless kids do worse in school than their peers and they have a harder time developing ...

Age Out Loud: Theme of 2017 Older Americans Month

Your children may comfort you with words like, “You’re only as old as you feel,” but the fact is, everyone ages. The senior years – also known as the Golden Years – bring challenges. Of course, as youth, the road of life stretches out way ahead with lots of time to think about old ...

Freedom I: The essence of America

The first of a three-column series discussing the concept of freedom in America. If you ask around the country, or around the world for that matter, what one word exemplifies the essence of America? What word best describes what America represents? What single concept is etched in our ...

‘No’ doesn’t mean yes or maybe

When someone says, “No,” it doesn’t mean “yes” or “maybe.” It means emphatically, “No.” When a person is forced or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity without their consent – and this includes persons who are unable to give consent or not – that is sexual violence. ...

Alcohol Awareness Month increases awareness

LISBON — April 2017 is the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction’s (NCADD's) 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month. The NCADD founded Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 and has sponsored this awareness campaign every April since that time. The goal is to increase public awareness and ...

Preventing addiction by stopping overprescribing

Look at your watch. In the next hour, five Americans will die of a drug overdose. I’ve been working on the issue of drug abuse prevention for more than 20 years, but I have never seen anything like the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin addiction that is gripping our state right ...