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Bring American industry back from China now

There is growing congressional interest in finally confronting China over its predatory trade practices. But while talk continues in Washington over the right policy response, China keeps picking off key parts of U.S. manufacturing, including the automotive industry. A recent Senate hearing ...

Adventures on the press trail with VP Mike Pence

It’s always exciting covering presidential or vice presidential visits, and my time as pool reporter for Mike Pence’s recent stop in the Mahoning Valley fit the bill. I’ve been selected as “pool reporter” about a dozen times and have never been a fan of it. The pool reporter’s ...

Getting a grip on your anger

Anger can be a good thing or a bad thing, say the experts. It all depends on how you look at it. If you use your anger to shut down another person, to embarrass or humiliate them, make them feel ashamed, that is flat out abuse. It’s your attempt to control that person and the situation, ...

Reflecting on our nation this Fourth

Have you ever really taken the time to think about the Fourth of July?  It is the day we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on earth, and not just a number.  Of course we are not perfect, but we constantly strive to become an even better nation.  It is not, nor should it be, easy and ...

Many seniors prone to food poisoning

Editor’s Note 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 ...

Independence Day: Freedom is never free

While Antifa and other dissenting groups get all the headlines, let us not forget the individuals that made it possible for these thugs, criminals to riot, destroy property, and ruin lives all in the name of the First Amendment. Do you think any of these miscreants give a moment’s thought ...

Pregnancy and pot do not mix

There are a lot of concerns during pregnancy. Parents usually want to do everything right to give their new baby every possible advantage for good health and well being, to grow and develop on time and do well in life. Concerns are raised at this time regarding marijuana use during ...

Safety: Taking care of self

Safety is a watchword these days, isn’t it? In times such as these, we may feel like the world is out of control and there is nothing that anyone, even you, can do about it. But you do have the power in your very hands to do something about the way youfeel and the way youhandle things. The ...

Staying safe and healthy in the summertime

Editor’s Note 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 ...

‘Grow up’ refrain can cause confusion

“Grow up!” he roared before he let out a string of expletives. And she wondered how much more growing up she had to do. She had thought herself mature long ago, but sometimes she thought that he could stand a little modification. She couldn’t fix him, though. She could fix only herself. ...

Taking care of elders during the pandemic

When the order came to “stay-at-home” many of the parents of adult children were instructed to shelter in place, make their shopping lists, and the kids would go to make the purchases. And so, like all the other older parents, she and her husband did as their children asked. But the ...

Drink (water), it’s really good for you

Editor’s Note 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 ...

Keep energy affordable during COVID recovery

In the wake of nearly 40 million jobless claims in recent weeks, Americans are clearly struggling to pay the bills. In fact, a new national poll found that nearly 50 percent of registered voters are increasingly worried about paying for household expenses, including electricity. This isn’t ...

Update on plans for Kent State Columbiana County campuses

As dean, I am writing with an update on plans for the fall semester at the Kent State Columbiana County campuses. First, please understand that there are more than 100 people considering every problem and situation imaginable to make sure we have procedures so that we can welcome students ...

Are you loving someone to death

The headline is centered boldly at the top of the page of an article about enabling addiction. You can’t miss it. “Are you loving someone to death?” And it stands out sharply enough to stop you in your tracks and give you pause to think about the very idea for a minute or two. Thinking ...

A message to all Ohio 2020 grads

At this time of year, thousands of Ohio students would normally be walking across stages in auditoriums, gyms and arenas to proudly accept their high school, college, or graduate school diplomas. With graduations canceled this year, students and their teachers, friends, and families will miss ...

Learning truth about children’s lives

The shutdown of schools in the country has been called “the biggest distance learning experiment in history.” And the children who will suffer the most, say education experts, are those who come from low income families. Parents who work outside the home worry about what their kids are ...

Speed key after suffering stroke

Editor’s Note 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 ...

Stressed out by current events?

Mother’s Day. She had expected her children to visit throughout the day so she showered and dressed, as she did every day, and sat down. Restless and suddenly very tired, she sprawled on her bed to read for a while. But, the futility of fighting sleep was so great she set the book aside and ...

Senate Bill 1 provides opportunity for people’s voice during a crisis

Yesterday (May 6), Senate Bill 1 passed within the Ohio House of Representatives. As a member of the State and Local Government Committee and as your state representative on the House floor, I voted to support the legislation along with many of my colleagues. Because of this, I want to be very ...