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Beware of predators offering help with addiction

It is no secret that access to treatment for substance abuse is not readily available for everyone that needs it.There just isn’t enough available help and if you are dealing with addiction – yourself or someone you love and care about – you may not know where to go or how to find what ...

Are you a problem gambler?

Problem gamblers have a difficult time admitting that they have problems with gambling. Thus, it takes a little time to get them hooked up with the help they need to take back their lives and heal. Sophie works hard to earn her money. She likes to watch her savings increase little by little ...

Put aside distractions while you are driving

You may not be interested in a biology lesson, but the workings of the brain need to be understood so you can get a good grasp of the term “distracted driving” and why it is so important to keep your attention – and your eyes – on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. The ...

Congress should finish strong with small business tax cuts

With the changing of the seasons, the political winds in Washington have shifted. Congress has just a couple months before the holidays, and the American people are looking for results. Lawmakers have the opportunity to deliver well-deserved tax cuts for middle and low-income taxpayers; but ...

Stress affects body and mind

When are you doing too much? You know, multitasking, trying to get all of the bases covered because the things have to be done, no one else is going to take care of these things the way you do, and your pace is near frantic because there isn’t enough time in your day and you have a long way ...

Salem charter poses more questions than answers

After a great deal of thought and consideration about the potential consequences of changing the current governing structure of the City of Salem, I have come to the conclusion that the charter measure being presented to Salem’s voters on the Nov. 7 ballot poses far more questions than ...

Substance abuse: We are all stake holders

Reports from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations are in agreement about opioid addiction. It is a public health crisis. ...

Reasons to vote against live poultry in neighborhoods

I am writing just a few days before the upcoming election to making one more effort to ensure that the residents of the city of Columbiana (Columbiana and Mahoning County) are aware and understand what they are being asked to vote on, whether for or against keeping live poultry in residential ...

Adversity strengthens with life coping skills

Adversity challenges us with difficulties and misfortune. Knowledge and wisdom come to us through our troubles. Everyone has issues to deal with at one time or another. It is part of the human condition, the positive and negative things that happen in our lives. Children are affected by the ...

Trump administration is right to focus on baseload power

America’s energy sector has reached an interesting crossroads. After eight years of the Obama Administration working to dismantle the nation’s coal fleet, the Trump Administration has swept into office and upended the apple cart. Earlier this year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry commissioned a ...

October: National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Do you know that one in five teenagers report being bullied? Do you understand what bullying is? The website stopbullying.gov explains that bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over ...

Bazillion Brain Force

My message today contains more than a little bit of Quaker boosterism, so let me get started by saying, hooray for us! By “us” I mean everyone affiliated with the Salem Schools: students, staff, parents, Salem voters, members of the Board of Education, and alumni. Especially alumni. We ...

How can you help a friend in a toxic situation?

Intimate partner violence can happen in any relationship. Physical intimacy is not required. A CDC report says sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking “can lead to serious short and long-term consequences including physical injury, poor mental health, and chronic physical ...

NFL — Nitwit Fools League

What are we to think of a group of men who have enjoyed the fruits of American freedom, becoming extremely wealthy playing a child’s game, and yet feel compelled to disrespect and dishonor all of those who have paid the ultimate price making that dream possible? That is of course a ...

Domestic violence awareness month

She said the wrong thing. He punched a hole in the bedroom door. Things progressed from there over time. When she tried to talk about issues in which he might have some ownership he blew up so she was careful about the topics she brought up. He might make fun of something she did or said, ...

September is National Suicide Awareness Month

You might not be able to understand why anyone would want to take their own life. In retrospect, the daughter saw the red flags her father had given. How many times had he said he couldn’t go on like that anymore? He was so ill for so long. But they would talk and he would keep facing each ...

Building resistance and healing

The babyboomer generation and the generation preceding the boomers can remember the prosperity of post World War II through the mid-1970s. They recall the Economic Malaise of circa 1980 that pitched many families into poverty, seemingly overnight. The steel mills padlocked their doors. Such a ...

Fighting opioid crisis in Ohio

In Ohio, at least 12 people die each day due to drug overdoses. If a terrorist attack happened daily in one of our cities or villages killing a dozen people, we would be up in arms. Sadly, losing 12 people each day in Ohio to drug overdoses has become our new normal. For many, the origins of ...

Doing what you believe in

The late Luceille Fleming was a leader, an advocate for women recovering from addiction. She was compassionate and caring about the women at the big yellow house behind McDonald’s that bears her name. She could be compassionate and caring because she once stood where they stand: facing ...

Helping Ohioans get good paying jobs

We just celebrated Labor Day, a chance to recognize the importance of workers and reflect on the future of our workforce during changing times. One of the realities we must face is that good jobs are going unfilled and companies are moving jobs elsewhere because of the skills gap. That is ...