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The woman could not find a reason to continue living. She had some mental health issues, had some alcohol problems in the past, but now was living a reclusive life, isolated by the mistakes she made during her lifetime. She didn’t seem to understand “forgiveness.” She’d snapped at her ...

GUEST COLUMN: Tax cut misinformation campaign continues

Larger paychecks may be around the corner — yet again. As we speak, Congress is working on "Tax Cuts 2.0," which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But, the recent tax cuts are never without their ...

National Recovery Month being observed

Everyone has problems. Everyone falls short. Everyone has experienced loss, grief, love, joy. Many have faced catastrophic illness. And many have suffered mental illness, or the chaos and destruction of substance abuse or a combination of the two. How easily one can be distracted from the path ...

Hidden disaster of State Issue 1

Too many people in our criminal justice system are there because of substance abuse disorders. This is undeniable. We know that substance abuse disorders are a major driver in criminal justice spending. We also know that through long-term treatment and therapy, those addicted can lead ...

Dark emotions aren’t always bad

When you get into fixing yourself it can get kind of sticky. Denial is easy. Telling yourself the truth is difficult. And who hasn’t been part of Procrastinators Anonymous? (Tonight’s meeting is postponed.) In a recent article we mentioned how important it is to change your thinking from ...

Fixing the Clean Power Plan is a sensible first step

Washington loves controversy. And critics are undoubtedly clucking right now about the Trump administration's plan to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a modified effort. But the administration deserves credit for updating the plan, rather than scrapping it entirely. For starters, the ...

Does poverty threaten brain power?

When she was in fifth grade, “Kay” wanted to be in the band. Students took a music test. Kay did not pass the test. She was told she could not be in band and would never be able to learn to read music. But in junior high she was allowed to be in the choir and in ninth grade became a ...

Resilience: How tough are you?

When a problem arises, how do you respond to it? How were you programmed to respond to life’s unexpected twists and turns that sometimes are overwhelming and test you to your limits? How much resilience do you have? Do you know what that even means? Resilience is the ability to be tough, to ...

Talk to your teens about marijuana

The discussions about marijuana are heated. There is a lot of misinformation, some call it “propaganda,” and some believe it is harmless. In the interests of educating yourself, you will be in a better position to have important discussions with your teens. You love them and you want ...

Medical marijuana not without legal responsibilities

You may believe that using marijuana is harmless. You may want to use medical marijuana to control your pain and be willing to jump through the hoops required by law to get it. That is your choice. Employers in Ohio must make the decision whether or not to allow employees to use it, on the job ...

Hope for the best when it comes to Kavanaugh

To begin with, I am not overly excited about Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee. He is too closely aligned with the pseudo-conservative, Hillary supporting, swamp creature Bush family (sorry swamps, I know you have redeeming qualities, Washington DC is a sewer. Doesn’t DC stand ...

GUEST COLUMN: Brett Kavanaugh is right pick for Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan—announced he was going to step down from the court there was a lot of discussion about what kind of person should replace him. Many people said it should be someone smart and widely respected who has a ...

Hepatitis: Protect yourself from infection

There are enough health dragons out there that may be beyond your control. You need to be alert, aware and proactive about those things that you can do something about your health. Today we’re going to talk about hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis A. “We are seeing an increase of ...

Coping with your stress

Stress. What causes your worst stress? What does it do to you? How do you cope with your stresses? “Stress,” according to the National Institutes of Health, “is a well-known risk factor in the development of addiction and in addiction relapse vulnerability.” You may say addiction ...

Don’t tread on me

Molly planted her feet on the bottom of the public pool. The water came up to her shoulders, about four feet deep. She wiped the water from her eyes, squinting in the bright sunlight of early afternoon. Other swimmers were splashing and squealing around her. She didn’t notice anyone coming ...

GUEST COLUMN: Six months in, tax reform is making a real difference in Ohio

The tax reform and tax cut legislation that passed at the end of last year has now been in place for six months. It’s time to take stock of how it’s working. Some of the tax relief expires in the next few years, and the debate is already underway whether it should be made permanent. I think ...

Are you a workaholic?

Are you a workaholic? When her father works every hour he possibly can, Maggie’s mother says he does it so he doesn’t have to be at home, interacting with the family. But Maggie thinks maybe he’s a hard-working man because that’s what it takes for him to provide for his family. What ...

Opioid misuse and pregnancy

As families continue to struggle over opioid misuse by loved ones, there is another pertinent fact that may have been overlooked by the public at large: Opioid misuse by women who are pregnant. Critical judgments may make you feel like you’re getting your point across, but are those remarks ...

Looking under the veil of Social Security

I have recently been involved in a couple conversations that made me realize the level of understanding about Social Security is alarmingly lacking. One of the major misconceptions is that the government has a stash of cash with your name on it, waiting for you to retire and extract monthly ...