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Bullying: Making a safe environment for everyone

By CATHY BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Can a safe, healthy environment be created for all students, straight and LGBT? Bullying is an issue everywhere but are you aware that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders are at greater risk of being bullied? The state of Ohio ...

NRA (No Rational Accusation) to blame

For argument sake, let us just imagine for a moment that the school shooting tragedy in Florida was the fault of an inanimate object, the AR 15. Or the fault originates from the ability of American citizens, who law abiding, to acquire such an object. The question then becomes, how did an ...

Trump right to impose tariffs on the flood of steel imports

Washington is certainly a contentious place these days. And President Trump has undoubtedly been a lighting rod for partisan squabbling. But despite the rough ride in the nation's capital, the American people may find reasons to agree with at least one effort undertaken by the Trump ...

Teen dating: Teach them about healthy relationships

Teen dating violence is a serious problem in this country. According to a national survey 10 percent of teens, female and male, were victims of physical dating violence over the past year and 29 percent of adolescents were verbally or psychologically abused. Children grow up in the environment ...

The gun debate should be solution, not issue pollution

A black Hummer is driven into a crowd of school children killing 20. Who or what is at fault? Is it the driver or is it the vehicle? After this tragedy, there is an outcry for SUV control. We hear, “The public should not be able to acquire military style vehicles, especially those black ...

Eating Disorder Awareness week is under way

What do you think about yourself? Take a look at those things. Are they positive or negative? Why? How you think about yourself has everything to do with how you live. The power of positive thinking can take you to positive places. Let’s take a look. First, eating disorders are ...

Feel-good Congress and meaningless legislation

In light of the tragedy that took place in Florida, there has been a barrage of demands for “common sense” gun control, an oxymoron of the first degree. I would like to take a moment to put all of that drivel in proper and rational perspective. There is only one question that needs be ...

Reduce the risks of alcohol for infants

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Being a mom is not always something a woman chooses. Some sources say half of pregnancies are unplanned. The job is demanding, exhausting, requires nerves of steel, the patience of Job, and giving more when you feel your resources ...

Lerner behavior

Rumor has it that over the holidays we had a celebrity in our midst. There seems to have been a Lois Lerner sighting. If the name is not familiar to you, Ms. Lerner is the Obama administration official who allegedly used her position at the I.R.S. to target conservative groups. Ms. Lerner was ...

School prayer and the clarity of the law

Prayer matters to many. Praying at school is legal. Public prayer in public schools is not. Recently, West Branch Schools suspended school-led prayer before athletic events after the non-profit organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), issued a complaint that the practice is ...

All done in the name of love

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday. It also is Celebrate Singles Day. One billion Valentines will be exchanged, 220,000 marriage proposals will be made, and 73 percent of the people who will buy roses are men, according to information shared on the world wide web. During the Middle Ages, young ...

Baby, it’s cold out there

Last summer a farmer told a city girl that, by all the signs of nature, there wasn’t going to be a harsh winter. Woolly worms were brown in the middle and black at each end or only brown, or a combination of the colors that suggested a mild winter. Since just before Christmas it has been ...

Wealth creation: The story of the chair

Our story begins with a pile of sticks. Not a particularly exceptional pile, one that was created like thousands around the country from yard debris. While most of us see an obstacle to leisure, something that will need to be disposed of by burning or dumping in a landfill, some kindling at ...

Wear red for awareness

Do you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? That one American dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds? One woman dies about every 80 seconds. What effect does this loss have on American families? What can everyone do to reduce the number of deaths due to heart ...

Impaired driving is dangerous business

Every 51 minutes someone is killed in an impaired driving crash, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That comes out to about 10,000 people who die every year because of drivers who used alcohol, marijuana or other drugs before they got behind the wheel of a car to drive ...

Ohio is among hubs of human trafficking

The neighborhood was not as close-knit as the one Sara had grown up in. Everyone just kept to themselves here for the most part. At least that’s how it seemed to Sara. She took on some of the blame for that. She had attempted to be “neighborly” but this seemed to be a transient kind of ...

Climate skeptics have valid reasons to question manmade warming

Many people are actively worried about global warming. And it frustrates them that skeptics and "deniers" refuse to acknowledge the "science" of such an urgent, manmade problem. But there may be valid reasons to dispute the theory that man is responsible for climate change. And to demonstrate ...

Is it just the blues or something else?

Sometimes it’s just a case of “the blues,” a brief period of sadness that holds you down. But in a few days you are your usual chipper self. Depression is something different. Depression is a mood disorder, very common, but also serious. When you are depressed, the symptoms affect ...

Republicans deliver on tax reform promise

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...