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Opinion

What happens to the children?

Local Columns

Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, ...

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Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanksgiving is the “kick-off” to a busy season for all of us. Thanksgiving Day is followed by “Black Friday,” “Small Business Saturday,” “Cyber Monday” and “Giving Tuesday” (if there is any cash left). Charities have learned that the month of December ...

A heartfelt thanks on this special day

Editorials

There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

United States shouldn’t meddle in Iran oil woes

Editorials

In comparison to this country, Iran has some of the lowest gasoline prices in the world, at about 39 cents per gallon. But they are going up to about 50 cents — and stiff rationing is being instituted. Drivers buying more than 13 gallons per week will have to pay twice the minimum. How is ...

Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to fuel rise of China

Local Columns

When U.S. taxpayers send their hard-earned money to the government, they shouldn't worry that it's being used to fuel economic and military growth in China. But that's exactly what's happening today. Every year, more than $150 billion in U.S. taxpayer money goes toward cutting-edge research ...

Stay ahead of the curve, but legally

Editorials

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it as a means to help our state become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio being ahead of the curve in technology to ...

Fun, friends, and food safety for the holidays

Local Columns

Can you believe 2019 is winding down? Many of us can remember the fears of Y2K a mere 20 years ago! Halloween is behind us and in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving, the prelude to all of the festivities to be celebrated in December. There will be a lot of sharing of food and fun with ...

Suicide survivors: Day of healing and support

Local Columns

You've noticed some things. Or maybe you haven't but someone else has, and they brought it to your attention. You have never had to deal with such a thing before. It was just a word that you had heard, that you thought only happened in far off places. Nobody you know would ever attempt to take ...

Don’t forget fire safety for the winter season

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is reminding Buckeye State residents there is also an increased need for ...

Online teacher right to alert the authorities

Editorials

Teachers are much more than simply conveyors of knowledge. For many students they truly do serve as guardian, parental figures. That instinct does not change, even for teachers whose classrooms are of the virtual variety. And just as teachers in traditional classrooms find themselves ...

Transparency needed with church scandals

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who is archbishop of the Galveston-Houston diocese, is ending a three-year term as ...

Study the starting times for schools

Editorials

More and more, we insist that government needs to solve all our problems and do it right now. State legislators sometimes cave in to such demands and, all too often, the result is ill-considered new rules. There is general agreement among many experts in the health of children that too many ...

Recognize heroism from World War II

Editorials

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

Adoption: Making an impact

Editorials

Though perhaps better known for founding a fast-food restaurant chain, the late Dave Thomas was also one of the Ohio’s most high-profile adoption success stories. Now, the foundation that bears his name is celebrating a milestone: more than 1,000 successful adoptions from foster care in Ohio ...

Thank you, caregivers

Local Columns

“Thank you, Grandma, for taking care of me.” That child is now 23 years old. At the time he might have been 4 years old. I said to him, “I will take care of you now and when I am old and can’t take care of myself, you can take care of me. OK?” “I will, Grandma.” He didn’t ...

Carseats: Safety for the little ones out there

Local Columns

Parents usually do what they perceive to be important to assure the safety of their children. There are so many things to consider. Sometimes, though, there just aren’t enough resources available to them to provide everything the child needs. There isn’t any reason for a young child in the ...

The beauty and benefits of music therapy

Local Columns

Music to their ears Top songs used by music therapists 1940s “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” “My Wild Irish Rose” “Don’t Fence Me In” 1950s “Tennessee Waltz” “Hey Good Lookin” “Love Me Tender” ...

How safe is the U.S. power grid?

Local Columns

At any one time, the United States uses more than 400,000 megawatts of electricity. That's a lot of power, and it takes a lot of non-stop work to keep it flowing. But how safe is America's power grid from cyber attacks and other disruptions? Cyber intrusions are no longer a theoretical ...

Enforcement tools are needed in ‘Tyler’s Law’

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers have taken necessary measures to strengthen safety inspection standards for amusement rides, and the move is important for residents who want to be able to enjoy themselves at our fairs and festivals without the worry of a dangerous malfunction. It should not be the last ...