Local Columns

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Are you informed?

Human trafficking is illegally transporting men, women and children to be used in forced labor or forced sexual exploitation that profit their “owners.” Modern slavery. The International Labor Organization provides data to emphasize the huge problem, informing that 11.4million women and ...

Two new laws that will save millions of dollars

You might be surprised who the biggest landowner is in the United States. It’s the federal government. By a long shot. And thousands of properties owned by the federal government should be transferred to private owners or nonprofits or local government to help save taxpayers money and help ...

Are her feelings ‘just’ the baby blues?

She’d thought she would never have children. She wasn’t sure she wanted children. But here she was holding a newborn in her arms, counting fingers and toes, cuddling the tiny person with sweet smells, feeding and diapering as needed. She was grateful when her mother or other family ...

Crisis text line available to Ohioans

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text trained crisis counselors for help anytime of the day or night. While crisis phone lines have been used successfully for decades, technology is ...

GUEST COLUMN: Delivering results during the past year

Ohioans are tired of Washington gridlock and want to see things getting done that will help them and their families. That's how I feel. We don't all agree on what those specific policies should be, but in general most of us just want to see Republicans and Democrats work together for the ...

How to make New Year resolutions work

Cindy gave considerable thought to what she wanted to change about herself, a work in progress that she determined would require self-love, self-compassion, realistic goals and accountability. Well, there were likely to be other considerations, too, but she had to start somewhere. She weighed ...

Have a happy, happy New Year!

Hope you had a good 2016 and 2017 will be even better. The staff and board of trustees all wish you a very Happy New Year. How about our Cleveland Indians? The whole season decided by one run! Unfortunately, that run was for the other team. But, at least the Cavaliers gave us our first ...

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday to all

Merry Christmas and happy holiday to all of you. It is early December, and I am wondering to myself, where did the year go? I am not getting any younger and yet appear to be working harder. Smarter? Sometimes I question this. Is this with everyone’s life? Thanksgiving was here and gone before ...

Remembering John Glenn: A true hero for all Americans

This past week we lost an American hero and the longest-serving United States Senator in Ohio history. We lost John Glenn, of New Concord, Ohio. I lost a close personal friend. When most folks think of John Glenn, they remember that he was a famous astronaut and the first American to orbit ...

Meet challenges with common sense, decency

Editor's Note: E. Gordon Gee is president of West Virginia University and is among the most distinguished higher education leaders in the nation. He also has served as president of The Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, Brown University and Vanderbilt University. In 2009, Time ...

Surgeon General:  Report on addiction

This year in Columbiana County, the problem of addiction and related problems like overdosing and death have been publicly viewed on social media and in the news. In mid-November, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first ever report on addiction, which clearly makes everyone aware that the ...

Substance abuse can affect your child, too

In our world, children rarely have a voice. They depend on the adults in their lives to see to their needs, to make sure they are taken care of and given the life skills they will need as they grow toward adult independence as responsible, reliable good people who care for the next generation ...

Pregnant? Please do not party too hearty

Have you ever seen a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)? Do you know what FASD is? What causes it? FASD is the one form of retardation that can be prevented by just saying no to alcohol use during pregnancy. “But everyone goes out to party!” you may say. “And it’s the ...

Understanding the Electoral College

What you will hear over the coming days, weeks, months is a call to end the practice of picking our president using the Electoral College system. Since Hillary Clinton, and previously Al Gore, garnered more votes than the eventual president, the Electoral College system will be portrayed ...

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

What are you thankful for? You may want or need to think on this for a little while. There are so many negatives “out there” that we may tend to be distracted from the good things in life and not “count our blessings.” Positive-thinking affects a person’s health in good ways. ...

Grateful and will continue to deliver results for all Ohioans

The campaign season is finally over. It was spirited this year and the ads were nonstop. And most of us probably won’t miss it. I’m grateful to the people of Ohio for giving me the opportunity to continue representing them in the United States Senate, and I will continue to work hard to ...

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Join the Great American Smoke-Out this Thursday

“I wish you wouldn’t bring that up again, Mom. I’ll quit when I’m ready.” “I don’t know why I started again.” “Melissa” has concluded that there’s no point in bringing up the subject of smoking cessation to either her husband or their 20-something daughter. She went ...

Sometimes the change of seasons brings SAD

Something was wrong. Sheila could feel it but she just couldn’t define it. She should be happy. She had a husband who went to work every day. She had two children she loved with all of her heart. They bought their first home. What more did she want? She was 26 years old and certain that, by ...

The choice is ours

Let us cut through the lame-stream media crap.  This election, plain and simple, is about the soul of America.  Please don’t allow the sensationalized headlines to direct your attention away from what is at stake on Nov. 8. The top five issues in my opinion are as follows: Seventy ...

No tricks: Alzheimer’s Month begins Tuesday

I was at my desk working. The phone rang. When I answered my mother spoke. By the tone of her voice I knew something was terribly wrong. She said her doctor wanted to talk to me. I asked what was wrong. “He says I have Alzheimer’s.” Her voice broke. She was devastated. My mother was a ...