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Drink (water), it’s really good for you

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 ...

Keep energy affordable during COVID recovery

In the wake of nearly 40 million jobless claims in recent weeks, Americans are clearly struggling to pay the bills. In fact, a new national poll found that nearly 50 percent of registered voters are increasingly worried about paying for household expenses, including electricity. This isn’t ...

Update on plans for Kent State Columbiana County campuses

As dean, I am writing with an update on plans for the fall semester at the Kent State Columbiana County campuses. First, please understand that there are more than 100 people considering every problem and situation imaginable to make sure we have procedures so that we can welcome students ...

Are you loving someone to death

The headline is centered boldly at the top of the page of an article about enabling addiction. You can’t miss it. “Are you loving someone to death?” And it stands out sharply enough to stop you in your tracks and give you pause to think about the very idea for a minute or two. Thinking ...

A message to all Ohio 2020 grads

At this time of year, thousands of Ohio students would normally be walking across stages in auditoriums, gyms and arenas to proudly accept their high school, college, or graduate school diplomas. With graduations canceled this year, students and their teachers, friends, and families will miss ...

Learning truth about children’s lives

The shutdown of schools in the country has been called “the biggest distance learning experiment in history.” And the children who will suffer the most, say education experts, are those who come from low income families. Parents who work outside the home worry about what their kids are ...

Speed key after suffering stroke

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 ...

Stressed out by current events?

Mother’s Day. She had expected her children to visit throughout the day so she showered and dressed, as she did every day, and sat down. Restless and suddenly very tired, she sprawled on her bed to read for a while. But, the futility of fighting sleep was so great she set the book aside and ...

Senate Bill 1 provides opportunity for people’s voice during a crisis

Yesterday (May 6), Senate Bill 1 passed within the Ohio House of Representatives. As a member of the State and Local Government Committee and as your state representative on the House floor, I voted to support the legislation along with many of my colleagues. Because of this, I want to be very ...

Domestic violence rising with COVID-19?

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist The future still bears question marks for a lot of things. Headlines report that families are changing vacations to staycations. School districts are trying on different ideas for what school could look like in August. Parents who ...

Be aware of very real risk of strokes

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 ...

Manufacturers should lock in workforce development gains during the pandemic

We’re living inside a history book right now, and while the end has yet to be written it’s largely up to us to determine how this crisis concludes. For our region’s manufacturers, what comes next may be the result of the actions we took when the economy started to become severely ...

Will electricity be affordable in our post COVID-19 nation?

The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly wreaking havoc with the U.S. economy. And Americans are already feeling the pain. As Washington starts to grapple with this economic disruption, there’s a looming problem that must be addressed. Our nation will begin to dig out of the crisis in the coming ...

Pride and arrogance emerges from virus

The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 86% of the Wuhan Virus infections are transmitted by people who never got sick enough to go to the doctor. Do we know how many people were infected and asymptomatic? No, and we never will. A disease’s contagiousness or transmissibility is ...

Slow reopening of Family Recovery Center

As the state of Ohio began to open up slowly this week, Family Recovery Center focused on its plan to open slowly while helping clients through, not just the Covid-19 crisis, but the opioid epidemic that has taken a back seat to the virus. The goal is public safety and the agency will operate ...

The stimulus Ponzi scheme

The government is giving us $1,200. What is not to like? But how many of us have contemplated where that money is coming from? There is a famous quote attributed to many different economists that tell the story. “The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not ...

Ongoing battles: Addiction and COVID

Does it really matter why a person has become addicted to something harmful to the human body? Isn’t the important thing when they reach out for help because they want recovery, to have their lives back? They live tenuously. Relapse is a very real possibility on any given day. But these days, ...

Exercise, it’s good for your health

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 ...

COVID-19: Lethal to our rights

In the movie “Kelly’s Heroes,” the character Oddball, played by Donald Sutherland, railed against his fellow soldiers’ negative waves. Oddball asked why they couldn’t say something hopeful for a change. Well I’m here to point to the silver lining of the COVID-19 scare. ...