Early reading program helps kids get head start


In an era where we all should be finding ways to grow our children’s access to reading and learning as possible, Ohio is experiencing a victory. Country music superstar Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, in partnership with the Ohio Governor’s office, is thriving — and that means more ...

Ohio emerges as a travel destination


Last week, the Department of Development’s TourismOhio division reported 2021 was the second-best year for visitor spending — $47 billion, which the division says supported approximately 411,000 jobs. “Whether you’re looking to do things a little low-key, whether you’re a foodie and ...

Impact of USPS slowed service is yet to be seen


A leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision, not yet final, that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling recognizing abortion rights for women, will continue to dominate the nation’s attention for months, if not years. Within hours after the decision was leaked, certainty already was cemented ...

More hard Ukrainian decisions to come


German officials made a surprising announcement in the wake of what has been described as “energy blackmail” by Russia. According to Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck, the country believes it can be independent of Russian fossil fuels by the end of the summer. It already has ...

Public should have a say in death penalty


Ohio Sen. Mike Rulli, R-Salem, is among legislators who are exploring elimination of Ohio’s death penalty. Ohio Senate Bill 103, which effectively would end Ohio’s death penalty, is generating critically important debate and discourse. The proposed end to capital punishment in Ohio comes ...

Must devote more effort to help teen mental health


Though it seems as though every day we hear more and more agencies acknowledging the terrible toll taken by COVID-19 on mental health, particularly for our children, it took a while to get to the point of action to reverse the problem. According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, ...