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ALERT: Stupid stuff can hurt you

Everyone knows that social media can do some pretty stupid stuff. Please, take the extra time to keep up with what your children are seeing and doing at and because of social media online, and even with their friends and peers. We know, parenting is not an easy job. Here is the latest couple ...

Overcoming risks of loneliness

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 ...

In social distancing era, rural America needs broadband to survive

Over the last six months, the United States has seen various forms of lockdown as we have worked to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These uncertain times have led many of us to make changes in the way we work, learn, and communicate. Many of these changes have been facilitated by the ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is being observed

One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the U.S after skin cancer. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®, I want to share the following ...

Addiction: The cartels haven’t been slowed

In a recent news report from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported from El Paso, Texas that Mexican drug cartels have adapted to COVID-19, showing a 56 percent increase in hard drugs like methamphetamines, heroin and fentanyl crossing the border ...

Women with AUD struggle more

One of the truths about alcohol use disorder (AUD) aka alcoholism, is that the gender gap is closing. There still are more men than women addicted to alcohol, but as society changes, the statistics move toward equal numbers. Another truth about AUD is that, for a number of reasons, men are ...

Social media not just for young folks

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 ...

We need to talk about things

First Lady Melania Trump has advised that suicide is on the rise in the United States “as people struggle with loneliness and addiction and feel they have nowhere to turn.” She has asked that everyone – including the media – talk more about the issues related to addiction, to help ...

The other side of the domestic violence coin

Last week we talked about domestic violence. A response from a reader suggested the article was stereotypical: male abuser to a female victim. Although that was unintentional – he and she were interchangeable – today we will give equal time to the subject of men who are abused by women. It ...

The hoax that is the virus

Let us take a look at the reporting of China Virus statistics that have been used to affect all of our lives, cripple the best economy of our lifetimes, and force us to surrender our Constitutional freedoms. As you will see, it is a shameful example of politically motivated propaganda that ...

The hoax that is the virus

Let us take a look at the reporting of China Virus statistics that have been used to affect all of our lives, cripple the best economy of our lifetimes, and force us to surrender our Constitutional freedoms. As you will see, it is a shameful example of politically motivated propaganda that ...

House plants have therapeutic effect

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 ...

Bringing attention to rising domestic violence

Anger, rage, violence. We see it in the streets across the country via media. But we don’t think about the anger, rage and violence that occurs behind closed doors in intimate partner relationships as the melting pot in the United States erupts. Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean ...

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

Affordable energy needed during pandemic, heat wave

As the coronavirus continues to upend the country, Americans are facing unique challenges. Millions are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If that isn’t bad enough, electricity bills are also rising right now during peak summer demand. That means staying cool has suddenly become an ...

Affordable energy needed during pandemic, heat wave

As the coronavirus continues to upend the country, Americans are facing unique challenges. Millions are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If that isn’t bad enough, electricity bills are also rising right now during peak summer demand. That means staying cool has suddenly become an ...

‘And now the rest of the story’

COLUMBUS – For more than three decades, radio personality named Paul Harvey would begin his broadcast with, “And now the rest of the story.” Recently, a front page story highlighted the potential unintended impact the use of traffic cameras in our county could have upon the Local ...

‘And now the rest of the story’

COLUMBUS —For more than three decades, radio personality named Paul Harvey would begin his broadcast with, “And now the rest of the story.” Recently, a front page story highlighted the potential unintended impact the use of traffic cameras in our county could have upon the Local ...

Child safety with substance use problem

Where does one begin to talk about something so wrong? Go to https://newspunch.com and find the article with the headline, "Three Mothers Arrested in Ohio for Giving Their Kids to Pedophiles in Exchange for Drugs." The detailed article says, "Nine people have been indicted on an array of ...