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Celebrating holidays with family can help recovery

November 24, 2014 There is stress for everyone as the holidays come around. Maybe there isn’t enough money for all of the things you want to do to celebrate. more »»

The real story of Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014 The Pilgrims tried “it takes a village” socialism and almost starved. more »»

How much do you want to know? Marijuana facts

November 17, 2014 By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist How much do you want to know? Marijuana facts Some people will never be convinced that marijuana use is risky. more »»

Can government really create jobs?

November 16, 2014 We are once again in the midst of sending our best and brightest off to Washington to make our country a better place. more »»

Common sense approach to immigration reform

November 16, 2014 We have all heard it said many times that America is a land of immigrants, some voluntary and some involuntary, but immigrants nevertheless. more »»

The new South — Black and conservative

November 16, 2014 In 1956, 19 Democratic Senators and 82 Democratic House members signed a Southern Manifesto pledging to resist the integration of Southern public schools as ordered by Earl Warren's Supreme Court. more »»

Veterans Day promotes awareness of military and service-related needs

November 10, 2014 Someone you know, someone you love, perhaps you, served in the U.S. military at some time in your life. You may have been in the military during a war. War, they say, is hell. more »»

Trauma: Emotional effects

November 3, 2014 By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Every time “John” talks about his military experience with another veteran he gets choked up and tears begin to burn his eyes. more »»

Source of political power

November 2, 2014 Imagine an America where our politicians can no longer pit one American against another. Where divide and conquer is just a theory and not a functional part of our political system. more »»

Review: SCT goes all the way funny

October 29, 2014 By GINA BOLEY-CARTER Special to the Salem News When it’s funny, go all the way with it! That’s exactly what is happening at Salem Community Theatre with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the... more »»

You can help prevent the preventable

October 20, 2014 There is a growing problem in the United States that we need to talk about. Florida, Kentucky, Vermont and Tennessee report a sharp rise in the occurrence of NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. more »»

Domestic Violence Awareness Month outgrowth of memorial

October 13, 2014 A domestic violence call is one of the worst to which police officers respond. When an officer knocks on that door there is no way to know what is on the other side. more »»

Grandparents: Untapped valuable family resource?

October 6, 2014 When you think about the times of your growing up, what kind of relationship did you have with your grandparents? Was there one that you especially connected with? What kind of influence were your... more »»

Marketing ploy: Is it REALLY safe?

September 29, 2014 K2, Skunk, Yucatan Fire, Moon Rocks, “Bombay Blue.” It isn’t really “Bliss,” and it isn’t a “Genie” in a bottle. more »»

Don’t blame Bush

September 28, 2014 Last week I heard back-to-back news reports blaming George W. Bush for the 2008 economic collapse. Once again the main stream media has it completely wrong. more »»

Nutrition: It gives you and the kids an edge

September 25, 2014 “You are what you eat.” That can mean the food you eat and the things you tell yourself. In these challenging economic times, you may shake your head when you see the prices at the grocery stor. more »»

The enemy within

September 21, 2014 In an address made on January 27, 1838, Abraham Lincoln stated, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. more »»

Review: SCT’s ‘Unnecessary Farce’ a delightful comedy

September 19, 2014 What do you get when you have a newbie cop, a kilt-wearing Scotsman, an ethically conflicted security guard, an undercover female mob boss and an undressing accountant in one play? Total hilarity!... more »»

Learn to laugh, often

September 15, 2014 By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist Stress is being out of balance. Balanced is a cookie in both hand. more »»

A house divided

September 14, 2014 In a recent interview with the Economist, President Barack Obama made the following statement: “I think you’d have to say that we’ve managed the economy pretty well and business has done okay. more »»



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