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Freedom and principles

At one time, the mainstream American mindset included the belief that rights are inalienable. That the government was created to protect our rights, not be a service provider. That the Constitution is a living document only when changes are enacted through the amendment process. That ...

Defining what makes a healthy relationship

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day recognized as one of love. A lot of people are spending a lot of money to celebrate their deep affection for special persons in their lives with heart-shaped boxes of candy, flowers and, for a lot of them, engagement rings. How is a healthy relationship ...

GUEST COLUMN: Examining disparities of proposed school funding by governor

Governor Kasich recently released his biennium budget and once again rural districts will be seeing a significant decrease in funding, while urban districts will see an increase. In fact, rural districts will lose an average of $91.81 per student while urban districts will gain $391.91 per ...

Strengthening the American family

  The American family is changing, confirms the Pew Research Center (PRC). More American adults than ever before have never married. Households with two parents are decreasing. Divorce, marriage and cohabitation are increasing. The roles of mothers and fathers are growing more ...

Madness marches

I will be the first to defend one’s right to protest.  The First Amendment protects our ability to speak freely and assemble.  Yet, there seems to be a problem with the First Amendment that the Framers failed to address. It doesn’t protect the speaker from making a total fool of ...

Suggestions for breaking bad habits

Do you think everyone has a bad habit or two, some much worse than others? Probably so. Bad habits provide short term pleasure and are a challenge to lose. You have to be aware of the offending habits so you can conscientiously work at replacing them with good habits. A bad habit is a pattern ...

Drug of choice could end up a deadly mix

Do you depend on a drug of your choice? Do you know what’s in your drug of choice? Do you think you can trust your dealer to be concerned about you – to care about you beyond your fistful of dollars? Richard Taite writes at psychologytoday.com, “Many drug cartels dilute their products ...

Cutting through red tape to advance science

The advances made by the scientific and medical communities over the past few decades have been incredible. In just the past thirty years, life expectancy in the United States has increased by five years, and almost half of that increase took place just in the last decade. I often think about ...

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Are you informed?

Human trafficking is illegally transporting men, women and children to be used in forced labor or forced sexual exploitation that profit their “owners.” Modern slavery. The International Labor Organization provides data to emphasize the huge problem, informing that 11.4million women and ...

Two new laws that will save millions of dollars

You might be surprised who the biggest landowner is in the United States. It’s the federal government. By a long shot. And thousands of properties owned by the federal government should be transferred to private owners or nonprofits or local government to help save taxpayers money and help ...

Are her feelings ‘just’ the baby blues?

She’d thought she would never have children. She wasn’t sure she wanted children. But here she was holding a newborn in her arms, counting fingers and toes, cuddling the tiny person with sweet smells, feeding and diapering as needed. She was grateful when her mother or other family ...

Crisis text line available to Ohioans

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text trained crisis counselors for help anytime of the day or night. While crisis phone lines have been used successfully for decades, technology is ...

GUEST COLUMN: Delivering results during the past year

Ohioans are tired of Washington gridlock and want to see things getting done that will help them and their families. That's how I feel. We don't all agree on what those specific policies should be, but in general most of us just want to see Republicans and Democrats work together for the ...

How to make New Year resolutions work

Cindy gave considerable thought to what she wanted to change about herself, a work in progress that she determined would require self-love, self-compassion, realistic goals and accountability. Well, there were likely to be other considerations, too, but she had to start somewhere. She weighed ...

Have a happy, happy New Year!

Hope you had a good 2016 and 2017 will be even better. The staff and board of trustees all wish you a very Happy New Year. How about our Cleveland Indians? The whole season decided by one run! Unfortunately, that run was for the other team. But, at least the Cavaliers gave us our first ...

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday to all

Merry Christmas and happy holiday to all of you. It is early December, and I am wondering to myself, where did the year go? I am not getting any younger and yet appear to be working harder. Smarter? Sometimes I question this. Is this with everyone’s life? Thanksgiving was here and gone before ...

Remembering John Glenn: A true hero for all Americans

This past week we lost an American hero and the longest-serving United States Senator in Ohio history. We lost John Glenn, of New Concord, Ohio. I lost a close personal friend. When most folks think of John Glenn, they remember that he was a famous astronaut and the first American to orbit ...

Meet challenges with common sense, decency

Editor's Note: E. Gordon Gee is president of West Virginia University and is among the most distinguished higher education leaders in the nation. He also has served as president of The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, Brown University and Vanderbilt University. In 2009, Time ...

Surgeon General:  Report on addiction

This year in Columbiana County, the problem of addiction and related problems like overdosing and death have been publicly viewed on social media and in the news. In mid-November, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first ever report on addiction, which clearly makes everyone aware that the ...