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New map making draws skepticism

Now that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Republican-drawn state legislative maps are unconstitutional, the question is: How will the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which approved the gerrymandered maps, react? Based on the questionable methods it used to draw the rejected maps, Ohioans should ...

Loving our children

Are you concerned about the youth in our small corner of the world? We see our youth become more adultlike, so tall, so smart, so mature. But we tend to forget that on the inside they are not so sure of themselves because they don’t have experience enough, knowledge enough, to cope with adult ...

Aging can negatively affect sleeping

Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local Visiting Angels ...

Johnson clearly a big favorite to remain the 6th District Rep

It was going to be very difficult for a Democrat to beat U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson in the 6th Congressional District race. But now that Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti of Poland has chosen not to challenge him, it’s going to be nearly impossible for a Democrat to unseat the ...

Wanted: Customers for life

There are unscrupulous people out there who are interested in only one thing: Money. Yours. They don’t care how long your life span is. They don’t care anything about you. They are raking in the dough. And people are dying. The University of Washington conducted some research and found ...

Year-end reflections

“So this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just begun. — John Lennon “So This is Christmas” Happy New Year! For some reason this song, which really never struck a chord with me, spoke to me this year as I wrote a little something to share ...