Local Columns

A new year starting today

Good morning on the first day of 2018. I hope some of you are awake enough and curious enough to read my words of wisdom for another year. Anyway, if you can open your eyes, Happy New Year! from Family Recovery Center Director Eloise Traina, and from FRC employees. Given the fact that I have ...

Christmas message of thanks from the Family Recovery Center

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. Once again I would like to come to you and say “Thank You” for all of your support this past year. It has been an eventful year in many ways. Our family here at the Center has grown. In looking back when I took over the helm of the Recovery ...

Another nail in the coffin of the Rule of Law

We are witnessing the destruction of one of the pillars of our individual freedom, the rule of law. We as a society have abandoned a 300 year old tradition of the belief that we are all innocent until proven guilty. This is the single most important element of our governmental system ...

Healing a family through troubling times

Hardship and loss are huge challenges for a family. Parents who have to work many hours to provide for the family, taking them away too long … Someone in the family with mental health issues that affect everyone in the household … Rebellious teenagers trying to find their ways in a world ...

Connected through family traditions

Do you recall your family traditions from the years when you were a child? Times were different then, compared to today, and it seems that a lot of traditions have been lost along the way. But traditions have great value. People are connected in many ways, among which are the memories of things ...

What brought you to this moment?

What was she afraid of? “You have never been on your own before.” True enough. She had married young and moved from the shelter of her parents to the shelter of her husband. Times were different then. She had worked a full time job, bought a car with her father as co-signer, and paid ...

A little parental insight to help

There is no doubt that the drug culture is a public health problem in Columbiana County. Read the newspaper headlines and follow the busts of even prominent people who are involved in the use and distribution of dangerous drugs, here, in Columbiana County. If you, as a parent, still think your ...

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 ...