Local Columns

Supporting life

A column was recently published in The Review by Connie Schultz entitled 'Standing tall for Planned Parenthood' in which Shultz stated, as the title would allude, that she supports Planned Parenthood.I would like to state that I disagree with Schultz's claim and that I do not stand with Planned ...

War on coal and workers

The Obama administration's war on coal continues and West Virginia and surrounding coal-producing states are suffering the consequences. I look at this ongoing harassment as an economic blow to the people that I represent and our entire nation.As a professional geologist, one of the first ...

Traveling Ohio House Committees visits

One of the most important responsibilities of a state legislator is to take the time to listen to the people of Ohio and learn about the issues that are important to them. For this reason, I was pleased when Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger announced that three House committees would ...

Keep your pet safe this holiday

It's a time of year when I cannot let an opportunity pass to offer a reminder that hopefully prevents inconvenience in the least case scenario and tragedy in the worst. In a community where people and pets are connected a few simple precautions will ensure a bang up Fourth of July holiday.If ...

Preventing suicide

Wait. Please. Please don't do anything to harm yourself. Please. You are unique. You are loved. You are needed. You have a gift to treasure. You do.Each year, 39,000 Americans take their own lives. Each year, 487,700 people receive medical treatment for self-inflicted injuries. That is a ...

Opioid, prescription drug abuse

n From 1998 to 2008, the proportion of all substance abuse treatment admissions age 12 or older who reported any pain reliever abuse increased more than four-fold.n The estimated number of ER visits linked to non-medical use of prescription pain relievers nearly doubled between 2004 and 2009.n ...

‘Together we CAN do amazing things!’

I want to address the article titled, "Check presented to park board for softball field" that was included in the April 5, 2015, edition of The Review, concerning the Thompson Park Board meeting that was held March 31, 2015.First of all, I was at that park board meeting by myself this time to ...

The Entrepreneur

It was an unobtrusive classified advertisement that led to my great adventure with J. Terwilliger Abercrombie, who claimed to be one of the foremost inventive geniuses and promotional experts of all time.The classified advertisements, as many folks appreciate, offer remarkable opportunities for ...

Pooling and shale development

Throughout my campaign, I promised to use my experience as a geologist to do all I could to properly develop the oil and gas resources contained in our shale deposits. As your Delegate, we now have a bill moving through the legislature that will make development of shale gas more efficient and ...

‘Boy, Snow, Bird’

It's hard to write a review of a book that just isn't that likable. I picked this book - "Boy, Snow, Bird" by Helen Oyeyemi - because it got good reviews and it sounded like an unusual read; a "retelling of Snow White," the critics said.Even the title was strange.I tried to imagine what boy, ...