Local Columns

Developmental assets: Youth as resources

There are 40 developmental assets designated for youth, “building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.” Periodically, 7th, 9th and 10th graders across the nation are surveyed by Search Institute to see where they stand with these 40 ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

“Sexual assault and domestic violence co-occur in many relationships,” says Nickie Ostick, outreach coordinator for the Christina House domestic violence program. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and abuse is an ongoing problem. “As a domestic violence services provider, the ...

The JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to good-paying jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Hepatitis A: National outbreak affects Columbiana County

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised of a hepatitis A outbreak that affects people who use drugs and people who are experiencing homelessness across the country. “In this outbreak,” said the CDC, ...

‘Us’ is comfortably uncomfortable

“Us” is writer-director Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing. And it’s a doozy. This follow-up to his Oscar-nominated “Get Out” is a rabid, manic film filled with murderous doppelgangers and potent themes. It’s a haunting medley of horror and levity that shapes an unforgettable ...

Address infrastructure reform from top to bottom

Almost no single issue better personifies Washington gridlock than the sorry state of America’s failing infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, ports, airports, water treatment plants, waste disposal systems and electricity grids are individually and collectively crumbling. There’s unanimous ...

Controlling HIV can extend life expectancy

Many of our older population can recall the fear and panic of the awareness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) in the early 1980s. HIV-AIDS terrified people because there was no cure, and the most a person with HIV could expect was about three years ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

Examining Ohio’s 2018 concealed-carry report

Even though we are well into March, reports that cover 2018 continue to be issued by government agencies and other organizations. One of those that was issued was the annual concealed-carry report from Ohio Attorney General David Yost. It showed that during the past year, sheriff’s ...

Opioid problem: Trying to understand

When you drive past Family Recovery Center you may notice a large banner above the entrance: “Naloxone kits available here.” When you see that banner, do you think about the people who made the wrong choices and got caught up in addiction? Do you think about the people who work daily to ...

Need a closer look at nutrition and addiction

Sometimes when you deal with your health issues, do you ever wonder how the things that affect your health also affect people who are in recovery for addiction? For example, nutrition. Not eating right can affect your weight, your brain, and how the organs in your body work … or not work. For ...

Some advice on navigating Ohio’s ‘Sunshine Laws’

The Ohio News Media Association and our related Ohio Coalition for Open Government frequently receive calls from citizens who need help navigating Ohio’s “sunshine laws” – the laws that ensure government is open, transparent and accountable. Sunshine Week is a national effort to raise ...

‘This generation is the next test subject’

Today’s discussion is sharing valuable information for health and well-being, particularly among youth and young adults. It’s important to have as many facts as possible so you can make informed decisions. If you would teach your child not to touch a hot burner on your kitchen range, ...

Raising awareness of eating disorders

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is raising awareness about the problems of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia this week, Feb. 25 through March 3. The theme is “Come as you are.” The message of awareness is for everyone: “Come as you are, not as you think you ...

Parenting skills needs from the start

New babies are tiny, snuggable, huggable, sweet-smelling bundles that most everyone thinks are adorable. But they also make messy diapers, spit up all over you, cry a lot when they are uncomfortable or unhappy – and often when you want to get some sleep. They are in a constant state of change ...

Marijuana: Just how safe is it?

A writer receives interesting pieces of mail, sometimes on controversial issues like marijuana. You have the right to disagree with the information we are going to share today, but please read with an open mind, reality based. Before you roll your eyes, ask yourself who your sources are and if ...

Teens: Relationships aren’t supposed to hurt

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. You might not think that domestic violence is a part of teen dating, but it is. One in 10 high school students reported in a survey that they have experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year, according to the CDC ...

February: Show how much you love her

February is Women’s Heart Health Month. On the first Friday of February, everyone is encouraged to wear red, dress up buildings in red, go all out for red to bring attention to the health and well-being of the women who are important in our lives. Although the symbols of love on Valentine’s ...

God bless America and God bless the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Coal entering a new era in 2019

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are under way, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...