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Opinion

Back to normal

Local Columns

Making that 180-degree turn to “normal” after the holidays may be a bit challenging. First we have to understand what “normal” is, and depending on the culture or society in which we live, that definition varies. “Normal” in the 17thcentury meant “forming a right angle, done ...

Church must get serious about cleanup

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Strive to make 2020 a great year

Editorials

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us … but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Our New Year message: Don’t Drink and Drive!

Editorials

The message is one we feel obliged to repeat this time each year. There are some people across our country, across our state and across our own area who will awaken today with a brand new year in the offing helped along with a drink or more. There will be so much promise and anticipation for ...

For the sake of others please get a flu shot

Editorials

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Some of you reading this probably figure that since you are young and strong you would not have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Or, maybe regardless of your age, thinking that since you usually don’t get sick or can’t ...

Meet swiftly any Taliban resurgence

Editorials

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported last week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

Resolve to rediscover yourself in 2020

Local Columns

You made your list, checked it twice for naughty and nice. Christmas 2019 is tucked away in personal journals and history books. Your thoughts may now be on New Year’s resolutions … ways in which you want to make a few changes in your way of life. The changes can be looked at as ...

Make sure medications don’t hurt you

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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 ...

Rosa Parks statue is deserved recognition

Editorials

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Broken system to blame for Mount Carmel deaths

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Lawyers have convinced ten former colleagues of Dr. William Husel that they can win a lawsuit in which they are defending Husel’s actions in the deaths of 25 patients of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus. According to nine nurses and a pharmacist formerly employed by Mount Carmel, ...

Wishing a wonderful Christmas to all of our wonderful readers!

Editorials

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus. Merry ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

Editorials

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, Christmas dinner food bought and perhaps prepared in advance, ...

If needed, use suits with vaping approach

Editorials

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

A word of thanks from the FRC

Local Columns

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday season. It is also my time to say “Thank You” for all of your support shown the Family Recovery Center and its ...

Healthy Holiday eating tips from SRMC

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SALEM –The holiday season can be a challenge for anyone trying to eat responsibly. With a little forethought and planning, however, you can still enjoy your favorite foods of the season. Food is generally the center of many social gatherings especially around the holidays. There are ...

Questions surround latest attack on base

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Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

We all must help in fight vs. suicide

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We suspect it is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Ohio skyrocketed during the same period of time, 2007-2018, that the drug abuse epidemic was taking off. During that period, the number of suicides increased by 45 percent, according to a new report by the state Department of ...

Let work on pipeline proceed

Editorials

Beginning in central Maine on a map of the eastern United States, draw a line roughly southwest to northern Georgia. Should the millions of people living east of that line be deprived of inexpensive natural gas from the Appalachian states? Of course not. But a federal appeals court ruling ...

It begins with you

Local Columns

As you go about with your plans for the holidays, there is a gift that you can give yourself because it begins with you and spreads to others. It is the gift of self-love. Self-love is not a selfish kind of love, the kind associated with narcissism, but is self-respect, confidant that no matter ...

Holiday blues may lead to depression

Local Columns

It’s normal for most of us to get a little melancholy over the holidays. As we reflect on the year gone by and those family and friends no longer here to celebrate with us, it’s not unusual to feel the “holiday blues” set in. The stress of rushing to find that perfect gift, coupled with ...