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Inattention blindness can change your life in a heartbeat

Driving is an important privilege. Countless teenagers have counted down the days until they can get their permits, then their driver’s licenses. Though it may be a rite of passage, it is not a right to have a driver’s license. It requires a sense of responsibility. It demands defensive ...

CARA 3.0 will help addicted Ohioans

For years, the United States has struggled to overcome an epidemic of addiction that has devastated communities in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at ...

Semiconductor shortage highlights urgency of U.S. import dependence

In recent weeks, U.S. automakers have been hit hard by a global shortage of semiconductors. It’s the latest problem stemming from America’s over-reliance on a wide range of industrial imports. With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted global supply chains, U.S. automakers are now ...

Remembering

I remember walking into my parents’ house to see Mom and Dad. We talked about innocuous things. But all of a sudden, Mom would explode into a rage. I’d stand there trying to figure out what had just happened, what had been said or done to cause the very sudden outrage. Then I would let go ...

The changing face of law enforcement

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series highlighting different aspects of law, punishment, and corrections in Columbiana County. Abruzzino was elected county prosecutor in November. Upon entering office in early January, it became evident that the face of law enforcement ...

Helping reduce addiction stigma

Like many other folks, I cannot imagine what it is like to become addicted to a substance. But I have thought, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” And I am grateful for my problems that I can usually figure out for myself and not compound them with addiction. So far so good! I also ...

Screening key for colorectal cancer

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 ...

Investing in Ohio a key to our future

Major crises are powerfully transformative events. After an extremely challenging time in Ohio brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic, we have an opportunity this year to make the kinds of investments that will bring renewal and recovery across the state. The budget I unveiled last ...

Just how safe is vaping?

Vaping is not safe. Not for you, not for your kids, not for anyone. The vapor that is created by the devices is not harmless water vapor. Even though the packaging may say there is no nicotine, published reports say that the devices have been tested and do, in fact, contain the harmful ...

Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faulty intelligence was to blame for the outmanned Capitol defenders’ failure to anticipate the violent mob that invaded the iconic building and halted certification of the presidential election on Jan. 6, the officials who were in charge of security declared Tuesday in ...

Salem schools plan traditional in-person graduation, prom

SALEM — This year’s seniors can expect a traditional in-person prom and a face-to-face graduation that’s as close to normal as possible. At least that’s the plan announced by Superintendent Sean Kirkland Monday night during the school board meeting, following guidelines and barring ...

SHS Alumni Association continues to fulfill mission

The Salem High School Alumni Association has a proud history and an outstanding reputation. The organization continues to successfully fulfill its mission which is to award scholarships to qualified students, to manage assets including memorabilia for future generations, and to honor the ...

‘The unlovable woman’ is actually very lovable

“Sybil” feels unworthy, unintelligent, burdensome, worthless. She has never been enough. Not smart enough. Not pretty enough. Not successful enough. Never enough. She doesn’t see much point to anything because she is a failure at everything. “You’ve never had someone to spoil ...

Food insecurity is an issue

“I remember watching Mom push her food around on her plate to make it look like she was eating.” The man was reminiscing about his childhood. “She was making sure Dad ate because he had to go to work and support our family. She said her children had to eat well so they could learn at ...

Complacency: on task?

Last spring when the nation began to face the encroaching virus, the New York Times published an article entitled, “Complacency, Not Panic, is the Real Danger.” The source of information, a professor of human behavior and management, explained that when a crisis happens humans over-react ...

The benefit of good storytelling

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 ...

Taking care of your Self

Covid. World tension. Conspiracy theories, pundit speculations. Family issues. Conflicts of any number of things. Emily was beginning to think there must be something terribly wrong with her because she just couldn't keep up the balancing act, the trying to keep peace in her corner of the ...

Administration must focus on affordable, reliable electricity

Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, along with a new Biden administration, promise sweeping policy changes in the United States. This includes campaign pledges to remake America’s electricity mix. But with campaign season over, Democrats should put rhetoric aside and pursue a ...

Stress: Good and bad

A little is OK. But too much will wear you down, affect how you think, how you feel – physically and mentally. We are referring to stress. Stress is your body’s reaction to events in your life, how you protect yourself from danger or risk of harm. Short term, it kicks you into action when ...