Local Columns

A state of mind: Victimization

Have you heard someone say, “Nobody can do something to you unless you allow it”? Did you realize that “victimization” is bullying? Victimization is “the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.” When you read or watch the news or hang out at social media, you ...

Creating an invisible fence

The United States is being invaded. Not by little men from outer space but by foreign nationals from around the world. Look up the definition of invasion in any dictionary. An incursion by a large number of people, an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain, the incoming or spread of ...

GUEST COLUMN: Private sector has powerful incentive to treat opioid addiction

From The Washington Post — May 14 In the steadily growing U.S. economy, with tax reform and regulatory relief leading businesses to invest more in both facilities and people, the unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2000. A record number of business owners say now is ...

End of life: What happens when you lose a loved one

Adulting is a challenge sometimes, and is particularly difficult when your personal resources are running low or you are proceeding on fumes at the bottom of your reservoir. End of life is difficult. It’s as much about living as the beginning of a life. End of life is a trial as you watch a ...

Building relationships with mothers

By Eloise V. Traina, CEO Family Recovery Center "Be Nice." These words follow me on a daily basis. They were the words my mother spoke to me on a regular basis. I imagine this was probably a daily reminder, especially since I was an obstreperous teenager. And, sometimes, it is hard to be ...

‘General welfare’ and post-Constitutional America

I recently had an exchange with a reader who took issue with an attribution that I had made in one of my op-eds. The direction of the interchange has led to the following related to the redistribution of wealth by the federal government. Conservatives have won the battle of ideas. No ...

Elder abuse is an ‘epidemic’ problem

The “golden years” often are not so golden. Physical agility and energy are not what they used to be. Health issues related to aging arise for many elders. Unfortunately, the problem of elder abuse also is rising. As we move into May, Older Americans Month, we look at elder abuse. The ...

GUEST COLUMN: We must come together to beat opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities, breaking families apart, and taking lives across America. The opioid crisis affects every aspect of our communities, and everyone has a role to play in overcoming it. That's why we have partnered to highlight ways we can all come together to ...

Autism Awarness Month: There is hope

One in every 68 children in America has an autism diagnosis. One in six children aged 3 to 17 has a developmental disability. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Every person is different, affected at varying degrees, advises the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and ...

Trying to understand the Narcan situation

As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to be fought by first responders who are on the front line and the agencies working in the background, people still criticize use of Narcan to prevent death from overdose. One of the reasons cited is that it is costly. But the problem is huge enough ...

Holding DACA illegals to the law of the land

The Greek mathematician Archimedes, in 250 BC, stated the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Likewise, the shortest distance between freedom and tyranny is the destruction of the rule of law. The rule of law is the principle that the law should govern, not the mandates ...

Coal emerged as surprise power source this winter

It's was a rough winter for much of America. As the Department of Energy has reported, a "bomb cyclone" winter storm struck much of the eastern United States in late December and early January. It plunged the region into a deep freeze and sparked a significant rise in demand for additional ...

MHRS: What Columbiana County is doing about opiate epidemic

The notorious photograph posted at Facebook by the East Liverpool Police Department in 2016 brought global attention to the opiate epidemic in our region, creating concern and controversy. The epidemic and what is being done to address it concerns everyone. The county’s first line of ...

Understanding what addiction actually is

Opioids are used for pain management and other health conditions and include codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine, propoxyphen (Darvocet) and methadone. “Susie” is being treated for severely painful sciatica. The doctors prescribe pain ...

Relapse happens but treatment works

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The woman never had a drug problem until she was in her 40s. She had suffered serious injuries in two separate accidents and was on several medications over a lengthy period of time (Percocet, Vicodin and oral morphine). She ...

There is a moral debt and not just monetary

Our national debt is rapidly approaching $22 trillion. Some say the debt is not a problem. Let us put that amount in perspective and I will allow you to determine the extent of the danger. One trillion is an enormous number. To realize just how big we can compare it with a couple other ...

Respect: Admiring the good in others

There is a lot of negative self-talk going on ‘out there,’ and it’s causing problems. Self-talk ties in with matters of respect, or lack of it. Respect is how you feel and react to someone you admire or hold in high regard for all of the good qualities you see in her or him. That ...

Culture collision

“Does your grandson speak Japanese?” a Japanese American was asked. No, she replied, but he understands it. “My friend’s 9-year-old son is fluent in Polish,” another woman noted. “His grandparents immigrated to the United States from Poland.” Remarks from the discussion ...

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 ...