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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 ...

Opiod overdosing affected by COVID

Where does addiction begin, and how are people coping during the pandemic? Opioid overdoses have been rising during our experience with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Already at risk because of the isolation of addiction, the despair and economic ...

We all must keep working to fight addiction in America

For more than 25 years, I’ve worked to address the drug addiction epidemic that has affected so many lives across Ohio. Over the last several years, I have been encouraged by the progress we have made in fighting this disease, especially with regard to opioids like heroin and prescription ...

Quitting: Kicking a bad habit

"I had to do it for myself," A said. "Everyone kept telling me I needed to quit smoking. That just made me smoke more." She was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, even working at a no-smoking workplace. "I was a chain smoker." Smoking helped her to deal with the stress in her life. But she ...

Malnutrition not uncommon in aging

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 local ...

FA meetings beginning at Oxford House

Do you struggle because someone you love or care about is addicted to drugs? Do you feel alone in your daily mix of anger, anxiety, pain, shame, self-pity and/or fear because that person is caught in the clutches of substance abuse, those disruptive, destructive episodes that affects everyone ...

What you should know about online learning

As COVID-19 moves America’s students out of the classroom and into studying at home, a school with 20 years’ experience in online learning can offer some advice. In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic ...