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Saying no to distracted driving

What did people do before cell and smart phones, those little things so many of us think we just can’t live without? When we are driving we need to curb the distractions and focus on what we are doing because the human brain was never really intended to multitask. Is there a telephone call or ...

There is something called tech addiction

Michelle and the baby get up about 7 a.m. She already is on the phone with her best friend and as they talk she scans through Facebook while the toddler plays in the dog’s water bowl. Frank gets annoyed with his wife when she says he spends all of his time playing games on his phone or ...

Living Constitution

With the battle raging over the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia, the debate about whether the Constitution is a living document and exactly what that means has once again come front and center for the America people to witness. Many will ignore the ...

Ohio communities saved from costly plan

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration's signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. But not the nation's coal communities. They've lived with this regulation as an ever-present threat even after its ...

Needed: Good role models for youth

Melba and Reggie occasionally talk about things without getting angry with each other. But sometimes Melba’s patience wears thin. That man just seemed to have a special way of yanking on her rip cord. “All of our kids are grown up now. I don’t have to grow up,” Reggie ...

Looking at nutrition and your well being

March is National Healthy Nutrition Month. Good nutrition is important to your physical and mental well being for everyone. Della wanted to lose weight and keep it off. She didn’t want to “diet.” She decided it would require “a lifestyle change.” She set her goals and stayed true to ...

The tale of two controversies

Over the past several years two substantive controversies have dominated the political discourse in this country. No, I am not talking about transgender bathrooms, Russian election hacking, or a plethora of other B.S. minutia that the lame stream media have fixated on and which are all ...

GUEST COLUMN: Connecting students with needed job skills

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch—often called the “skills gap”—is holding back our economy ...

When gambling becomes a problem

Is buying a lottery ticket every week gambling? Lottery tickets are gambling. What makes it a problem is when you aren’t winning so you spend more and more money trying to win back what you’ve lost. It’s a problem when you don’t have money to pay the rent or house payment, the utility ...

Helping Habitat for Humanity help even more Ohioans

I’m a strong supporter of the work that Habitat for Humanity and their 55 affiliates do across Ohio. Habitat provides about 5,000 homeownership opportunities to low-income American families every year, and, in total, have built about 4,000 homes in Ohio. I’ve volunteered with Habitat for ...

Cognitive decline: When to give up the car keys

Melba and Reggie got into the car. She was driving today. They chatted as they started out on their shopping trip. She sped up the ramp to the freeway, gaining speed as they went. Reggie spoke up. “I don’t suppose I should tell you …” He hesitated. “Tell me what?” she ...

Eating Disorders 2: Coping with challenges

Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, advises the National Institute of Mental Health. Having an eating disorder often goes hand-in-hand with some other problem, such as anxiety disorders, depression or substance abuse. Perfectionism and frail self-esteem are struggles. A strong support ...

Teen dating violence escalates around nation

LISBON — February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Did you know that dating violence is a teen issue? Every year, 1.5 million high school students across the US experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend. Women between the ages of ...

Why I voted to confirm Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON — Betsy DeVos is the daughter of a public school teacher, and I support her for the role of U.S. Secretary of Education because she has made clear in the nomination process that she will be a strong advocate for our kids and our public schools. An important fact that has been ...

Eating disorders: Food is the enemy

To be addicted means to be dependent on a particular substance and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. By now, many people know that, no matter how good food can be, for too many people, food is the enemy. Eating disorders are the most difficult to treat. They are the ...

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 ...