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Domestic violence awareness month

She said the wrong thing. He punched a hole in the bedroom door. Things progressed from there over time. When she tried to talk about issues in which he might have some ownership he blew up so she was careful about the topics she brought up. He might make fun of something she did or said, ...

September is National Suicide Awareness Month

You might not be able to understand why anyone would want to take their own life. In retrospect, the daughter saw the red flags her father had given. How many times had he said he couldn’t go on like that anymore? He was so ill for so long. But they would talk and he would keep facing each ...

Building resistance and healing

The babyboomer generation and the generation preceding the boomers can remember the prosperity of post World War II through the mid-1970s. They recall the Economic Malaise of circa 1980 that pitched many families into poverty, seemingly overnight. The steel mills padlocked their doors. Such a ...

Fighting opioid crisis in Ohio

In Ohio, at least 12 people die each day due to drug overdoses. If a terrorist attack happened daily in one of our cities or villages killing a dozen people, we would be up in arms. Sadly, losing 12 people each day in Ohio to drug overdoses has become our new normal. For many, the origins of ...

Doing what you believe in

The late Luceille Fleming was a leader, an advocate for women recovering from addiction. She was compassionate and caring about the women at the big yellow house behind McDonald’s that bears her name. She could be compassionate and caring because she once stood where they stand: facing ...

Helping Ohioans get good paying jobs

We just celebrated Labor Day, a chance to recognize the importance of workers and reflect on the future of our workforce during changing times. One of the realities we must face is that good jobs are going unfilled and companies are moving jobs elsewhere because of the skills gap. That is ...

September is National Recovery Month

Everyone needs help sometime. When someone isn’t well, that person desires that the people around them will have a good understanding about what is going on. The person feels very fortunate when there is encouragement and support when they struggle to recover from their ailment, their ...

Relatives who step up to care for children

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. These days – and it is happening more often these days – grandparents are standing in the parenting role. Let’s not overlook the aunts, uncles and other relatives who have stepped up to take care of children whose parents are unavailable to them ...

Respect and love begins with you

Love begins with self. What does “loving yourself” really mean? It is being able to forgive yourself, to look deeper than the surface to find who you really are and to be the person you want to be. It is enjoying the opportunity of doing what you love rather than what someone else thinks ...

Empowering taxpayers to follow the money

As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington D.C. I believe that when we make government small in ...

Is it risky? Marijuana and you

It’s reasonable to believe that most adults already have made up their minds about marijuana use. And it’s also safe to say that to educate them about the risks will elicit the response that we are using “scare tactics” to convince them and they aren’t interested. But we hope you will ...

Bringing our federal regulatory policies into the 21st century

Federal regulations should do their critical job of protecting public health, safety, and the environment while not unnecessarily hurting job creation and economic growth. This goal is achievable, but it requires a smarter and more modern regulatory process. And it is needed—the federal ...

Unleash energy-fueled economic stimulation: FERC must act now!

It is truly an honor to serve hard-working Ohio families as their member of Congress, particularly at a time when we have an incredible opportunity to reignite our nation’s economic engine.  With smart policies, we are gradually getting various sectors of the economy, such as energy, back ...

Moms-to-be and addiction present special needs

Every day there are women who make the decision to stop abusing substances. Most women who use illicit drugs don’t plan to become pregnant. They may not even know they are, and those early weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are developing. However, when she is addicted to ...

Teen depression increases risk of cannabis-use disorder

There are people who believe marijuana has beneficial effects on health. There are some who say it isn’t as bad for people as regular tobacco products, and insist it’s just the government controlling the substance for whatever reason. There are even some people who think it is OK for teens ...

Fleming House: Legacy celebration planned Aug. 18

Fleming House, the big, yellow house that love built in Columbiana County, has been aiding women in recovery for 15 years, providing a stable environment for them and their children for up to 18 months while the women develop individualized plans for their lives, obtain the education they need ...

State Rep encourages support of county fair

This week, Columbiana County will host its 172nd county fair, taking place at the fairgrounds from July 31 through Aug. 6. Since the first fair in 1845, the storied event has hosted a number of unique attractions, from horse buggy competitions to ostrich races. While those kinds of activities ...

Fighting to protect Lake Erie’s resources

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s number one tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the ...

Addiction recovery needs compassion

How sympathetic are you to another person’s suffering? Do you ever find yourself wanting to help someone with their troubles because maybe you have had troubles and someone was there for you? Or maybe you hate to see someone suffering if there is something you can do to make things at least a ...

Youth leadership training: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

Overheard: “The ‘Me’ Generation doesn’t know anything about the ‘We’ Generation.” The statement begs understanding. Depending on where you look, youth-related issues include such things as drugs, education, health, human rights, poverty, and unemployment, just to name a few. ...