Local Columns

Depression not a normal symptom of aging

As we get older we know more of those whose names appear on the obituary page … acquaintances, friends, family, public figures. The road ahead of us doesn’t stretch out as far as it used to do. There are so many dreams yet to try. The spirit is willing but the body is weak (and weakening) ...

Safety first during the holidays

The countdown is on. There is traffic on the roads, traffic in the stores. Patience wears thin at times. And everyone has an extra long list of things to do before Dec. 24. Some of the issues people talk about most with their therapists at holiday time, according to www.wellandgood.com/, ...

Coping with holiday stress

Stress? Did somebody mention stress? Thanksgiving is behind us and one month from today all of the excitement of Christmas will be past as well. Everyone will be thinking about New Year’s Eve. Will you drive to the Big Apple to watch the ball drop at Times Square or stay at home and watch ...

Think smart, exercise caution for safety’s sake

What started with an acquaintance who met someone online and invited that individual to her home too quickly turned into a major search about human trafficking. Every day people go missing. Films portray ‘fatal attraction’ arising from moving too fast into a relationship with someone who is ...

Veterans need community support

All give some. Some give all. Some military veterans still suffer from the injuries, physical and mental, that they experienced while defending our nation, things that civilians may never really understand. Our warriors need support and encouragement to be at their best, physically and ...

GUEST COLUMN: November is good time to learn about lung cancer

By LEEANN JOHNSON Lung cancer is a brutal disease—and we can do far better in preventing it and detecting it early. Screening rates for lung cancer—the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.—are much lower than screening rates for other cancers. November is Lung Cancer Awareness ...

Family caregivers can’t do it alone

Generally speaking, when the term “family caregiver” comes up most people think about elderly who need help at end of life. But care giving isn’t limited to end of life issues. Think about the sandwich generation, the women and men who are taking care of elderly loved ones and raising ...

We need better schools not more spending

Strong schools, strong community. I doubt anyone can argue schools are an integral part of the strength of a community. The argument arises from how to achieve such a worthy goal. The United States already spends more per student than any other industrialized country on the planet, yet we ...

PLAY REVIEW: Salem Community Theatre rocks ‘The  Toxic Avenger’

In 1984, little known Troma Entertainment released a campy, grotesque horror film filled with comedy and over the top gore that for the most part went wildly ignored. “The Toxic Avenger,” a film centered on a mop pushing geek who gets pushed into a vat of Toxic sludge who comes out as a ...

Stigma: It holds people back from getting help

Taking time to pause and think before speaking is a good characteristic. It isn’t hard to understand people who give their harsh opinions whether they are well-informed or not. Case in point: Addiction. It is a disease, but it isn’t easy to get people to grasp why it’s a disease. They ...

Gear up for the Great American Smokeout

“Liz” hadn’t known what to say when the doctor told her why she was short of breath. She had been a smoker for a very long time when she stopped smoking 15 years ago. She remembers how she used to get into her car and go anywhere she wanted or needed to go. She scrubbed down the walls ...

One year clean: A recovery story

Substance abuse. It can happen to anyone by choice or injury. “Sally” made the choice to use drugs that first time to fit in with her friends. Peer pressure is a strong thing, she said, as she sat down to share her story that brought her to Family Recovery Center’s Fleming House. She ...

DV Awareness Month: What is domestic violence?

You might be surprised to learn that you could be inadvertently participating in domestic violence. When you hear the phrase, “domestic violence,” what is the immediate image that flashes into your mind? Is it a bruised and beaten woman who may well be fighting for her very life? Many a ...

Recovery: A continuing process

The National Recovery Month recognition is concluded for 2018. Articles have been written, stories of recovery and the struggles associated with recovery shared. Every day others begin their recovery journey. Recovery is ongoing throughout the rest of the individual’s life, if they can manage ...

True beauty isn’t created with an airbrush

Open letter to young ladies: I remember thinking I was the ugliest girl ever to be born. I didn’t talk to my mother about it because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. After all, she was the one who brought me into this world. We didn’t talk about this until I was married with children ...

GUEST COLUMN: Trump Jr. : Sherrod Brown is no friend to my father’s agenda

Campaign season always draws out the fakes and phonies among elected officials, and this year is no exception.  Among the worst offenders are Democrat Senators who are up for reelection in states my father won in 2016. They are desperately pretending to be aligned with him on issues of ...

New tax law creates ‘Opportunity Zones’ for struggling communities

Ohioans are already seeing many of the positive results of the tax cut and tax reform legislation that became law before the first of the year—in their paychecks, in their businesses, and in their communities. One provision of the new tax law you may not have heard of, “Opportunity ...

You are part of public health concerns

The woman could not find a reason to continue living. She had some mental health issues, had some alcohol problems in the past, but now was living a reclusive life, isolated by the mistakes she made during her lifetime. She didn’t seem to understand “forgiveness.” She’d snapped at her ...

GUEST COLUMN: Tax cut misinformation campaign continues

Larger paychecks may be around the corner — yet again. As we speak, Congress is working on "Tax Cuts 2.0," which would make many of the reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) permanent, and extend tax relief to millions more Americans. But, the recent tax cuts are never without their ...