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Local Columns

GUEST COLUMN: To the Polls Ye Sons of Freedom

America is under assault like never before by left wing elements in and out of Congress, aided and abetted by an ultra left national media, that wish to undermine our Constitution, obliterate our Judeo-Christian culture, and thrust upon us a Socialist lock down of our economy. Donald Trump ...

The state of the pandemic

Have you looked at the global map for the pandemic? Take a look at it and put on your critical thinking caps. Politics aside, the medical and scientific communities are assuring us that the virus is very real. If you know someone who has had it or has died from its complications, you know what ...

The Top Ten scams of which to be aware

Tips on avoiding scams The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging offers these tips for avoiding scams. Con artists force you to make decisions fast and may threaten you. Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller IDs. Con artists sometimes pretend to be the ...

SRMC offers tips for flu season

SALEM – Every year, millions of Americans get sick with influenza, commonly known as the seasonal flu. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, protecting yourself from the flu is more important than ever. Symptoms of Flu and COVID-19 “The flu and COVID-19 are both ...

Why I voted for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

This week, I was proud to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. She is an impressive person and a distinguished legal scholar who is well qualified for the job. In fact, the American Bar Association judges her to be “well qualified”, their highest rating. ...

Are you addicted to your phone?

“What is genuinely worth your attention on an interrupted basis?” asks Tristan Harris, founder of the Time Well Spent non-profit. A former project manager at Google, he travels around the country talking about the effects our smart phones have on our brains, causing addiction to our ...

Generation Z can use a little help

EVERYONE has grown tired of the virus. Gov. DeWine advises we have to learn to live with it until we have a cure, a vaccine, or herd immunity. If you have small children who want to play with the other kids in the neighborhood, you are tired of the restrictions. If you are planning a wedding ...

Elderly prime fraud targets

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 ...

Understanding addiction 101

What is addiction? Some people still think it’s a choice a weak-willed, morally flawed person makes. These critics do not understand the workings of addiction, that “sustained use alters the brain.” The Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation goes on to explain that the disease which is “the ...

October: Distracted driving awareness month

As her car keys and driver’s license were taken away by her family, Louise spoke up, “I have been driving all of my life!” She was not a happy woman at that moment. Her daughter knew better than to argue with her or the progressing health condition that affected response time behind the ...

You are, and feel, what you eat

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 Visiting Angels ...

COVID-19 fallout is going to worsen, folks

By Jan. 1, nearly 1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio not far behind, predicts a scientific think tank at the University of Washington. That translates to 1,747 people in the Mountain State and 10,270 in the Buckeye State. As of Monday, the death tolls in our ...

Hope: The foundation for recovery

Hope is the foundation for recovery. When you sit down to read about the road the reliable resources for addiction and recovery, you begin to pick up terms and phrases that describe other chronic illnesses. Recovery. Remission. Relapse. Resilience. Hope. Recovery is the process of change ...

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 ...