Local Columns

September is National Recovery Month

Everyone needs help sometime. When someone isn’t well, that person desires that the people around them will have a good understanding about what is going on. The person feels very fortunate when there is encouragement and support when they struggle to recover from their ailment, their ...

Relatives who step up to care for children

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. These days – and it is happening more often these days – grandparents are standing in the parenting role. Let’s not overlook the aunts, uncles and other relatives who have stepped up to take care of children whose parents are unavailable to them ...

Respect and love begins with you

Love begins with self. What does “loving yourself” really mean? It is being able to forgive yourself, to look deeper than the surface to find who you really are and to be the person you want to be. It is enjoying the opportunity of doing what you love rather than what someone else thinks ...

Empowering taxpayers to follow the money

As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington D.C. I believe that when we make government small in ...

Is it risky? Marijuana and you

It’s reasonable to believe that most adults already have made up their minds about marijuana use. And it’s also safe to say that to educate them about the risks will elicit the response that we are using “scare tactics” to convince them and they aren’t interested. But we hope you will ...

Bringing our federal regulatory policies into the 21st century

Federal regulations should do their critical job of protecting public health, safety, and the environment while not unnecessarily hurting job creation and economic growth. This goal is achievable, but it requires a smarter and more modern regulatory process. And it is needed—the federal ...

Unleash energy-fueled economic stimulation: FERC must act now!

It is truly an honor to serve hard-working Ohio families as their member of Congress, particularly at a time when we have an incredible opportunity to reignite our nation’s economic engine.  With smart policies, we are gradually getting various sectors of the economy, such as energy, back ...

Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs

Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing. However, when she is addicted to ...

Teen depression increases risk of cannabis-use disorder

There are people who believe marijuana has beneficial effects on health. There are some who say it isn’t as bad for people as regular tobacco products, and insist it’s just the government controlling the substance for whatever reason. There are even some people who think it is OK for teens ...

Fleming House: Legacy celebration planned Aug. 18

Fleming House, the big, yellow house that love built in Columbiana County, has been aiding women in recovery for 15 years, providing a stable environment for them and their children for up to 18 months while the women develop individualized plans for their lives, obtain the education they need ...

State Rep encourages support of county fair

This week, Columbiana County will host its 172nd county fair, taking place at the fairgrounds from July 31 through Aug. 6. Since the first fair in 1845, the storied event has hosted a number of unique attractions, from horse buggy competitions to ostrich races. While those kinds of activities ...

Fighting to protect Lake Erie’s resources

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s number one tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the ...

Addiction recovery needs compassion

How sympathetic are you to another person’s suffering? Do you ever find yourself wanting to help someone with their troubles because maybe you have had troubles and someone was there for you? Or maybe you hate to see someone suffering if there is something you can do to make things at least a ...

Youth leadership training: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

Overheard: “The ‘Me’ Generation doesn’t know anything about the ‘We’ Generation.” The statement begs understanding. Depending on where you look, youth-related issues include such things as drugs, education, health, human rights, poverty, and unemployment, just to name a few. ...

Distracted driving: Put down the phone

If you live on the main drag of your community, you become aware of the number of times and the hours of the day – and night – when sirens scream past your house: police, fire, and ambulances. You may say to yourself, “Must be a crash. I hope nobody got hurt. I hope it’s nobody I ...

Internet addiction: Costly to employers

Surfing the net, chatting with friends around the world – friends you might never have met if not for the Internet, Facebook and other social media, is a lot of fun. You’ll even see or hear people admit they are addicted to it. But, like anything else of an entertaining nature, too much can ...

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 ...