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I am proud to have supported HB 6

Recently in the Ohio House of Representatives I voted to pass Ohio House Bill 6. This legislation passed with 10 Democratic votes in a rare but important demonstration of bipartisan cooperation. While it seems the two parties in Washington can find little to nothing to work together on, here in ...

An update on Alzheimer’s

After the recent article about Alzheimer’s, when I shared some of my family’s experience with Alzheimer’s, I received an invitation from the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, to attend an event in Ravenna with the opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, to talk with ...

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Measles: A highly contagious, serious disease

By Cathy Thomas Brownfield Health District publicist Many people think measles is a harmless rash. If you grew up during the era when vaccine was in development, when everyone got measles, you may remember having to stay in your room, the windows darkened to protect your eyes. You and your ...

Sales tax cut are coming for glasses, contact lenses

Next month the State of Ohio will eliminate the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually. Elimination of the sales tax ...

Talk to your kids

It’s summer vacation for many students. Schools and libraries around the county invite students to “join us for lunch” or for a snack. But there are periods of time when your children are on their own, running with their friends with less supervision. In spite of the strong influence of ...

Outreach for vets: What is PTSD?

Jon Varley will tell you this story is not about him. He was not drafted so he is not a U.S. military veteran. He’s retired. He is a charming man with smile wrinkles at the corners of his blue eyes that twinkle with a zest for living that he has shared with family and friends and students at ...

GUEST COLUMN: A day of valor to remember forever

Our country just commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a momentous date in history when more than 160,000 Allied soldiers—mostly Americans—invaded Normandy to liberate Europe from Hitler. That morning, our fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers set forth from Britain on ...

ALICE: Increasing chances of survival

What have we learned from Columbine and all of the shooting events since? That was nearly the first question Salem Police Officer Brad Davis asked when he presented ALICE training for the staff of Family Recovery Center recently at the Salem Golf Club. Could such a thing happen in Columbiana ...

New power plan presents sensible approach on climate

Washington is about to see another controversial chapter in the Trump era. Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue its final “Affordable Clean Energy” rule (ACE). Intended as a replacement for President Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), the new rule will ...

June designated Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month

My mother called. By the sound of her voice I knew something was amiss. “What’s the matter, Mom?” “The doctor wants to talk to you.” She stammered a bit. The rest came out in a cry, a sort of sob, “He says I have Alzheimer’s.” For a moment I couldn’t hear anything from ...

Teen pregnancy on the decline

Parenting is challenging for those who believe they are prepared and ready for it. But sometimes things happen. Sometimes things happen to teens who still are children themselves. “I didn’t think it would happen to me,” said a teen mom. The baby’s father assured her that she could ...

May is skin cancer awareness month

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, I want to share the following information as we observe Skin Cancer Awareness Month. You may know about melanoma—the deadly skin cancer that more than 96,000 Americans, ...

Networking benefits Columbiana County

How do you leave the job at the office at the end of the day if your name is Eileen Dray-Bardon and you are the director of Columbiana County Jobs and Family Services? “You don’t.” Bardon retired May 3 after 40 years of service to the people of Columbiana County, about 20 of those years ...

Tax reform is working but we must do more to strengthen economy

We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo, and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and reinvesting ...

Older Americans Month: What is elder abuse?

Every year FRC provides information relating to Older Americans Month which is observed during the month of May. As I read reliable resources regarding elder abuse, I learned that there are diverse definitions for the term “elder abuse.” There is no definitive definition. Laws vary from ...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to share information about alcohol misuse. This year’s theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.” Alcohol use disorder is “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse ...

Thoughts on schools like West Branch and taxation

I am thankful to have this opportunity to add a few thoughts to the recent information provided regarding the upcoming ballot initiative impacting West Branch schools. Before those of you who have no dog in this fight move on to another story, my comments relate to everyone who will need to ...

Why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget

Many constituents have reached out to my office in recent weeks to better understand why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget that included a 10.5 cent increase of Ohio’s motor fuel tax. Let me explain some of the reasons why I voted as I did: I Am Still Working — In my ...

Why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget

Many constituents have reached out to my office in recent weeks to better understand why I voted in favor of the State Transportation Budget that included a 10.5 cent increase of Ohio’s motor fuel tax. Let me explain some of the reasons why I voted as I did: I Am Still Working — In my work ...