Editorial

Mental health study may hold a key to all the gun violence

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians but still futile in achieving the desired result. On May 31, hours after ...

Income factors into treatment for addicts

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Hospital deaths: Why did it take so long to notice?

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in the ...

Alternative foods taking bite out of processed market

Two things happened in May that should be a huge wakeup call for big food companies. First, the respected medical journal Cell Metabolism published a study that showed a direct relationship between highly processed foods and obesity. Second, the alternative-hamburger company Beyond Meat — ...

Honor the towboat crew for saving a life

Most times when first responders are unsuccessful in “talking down” people determined to jump from bridges, they can only watch in helpless horror as tragedies unfold. Unless there happens to be a towboat nearby. Hancock County sheriff’s deputies were called at 8:20 a.m. last Saturday ...

Immigration immunity for all is not logical

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Remembering the D-Day sacrifices

One of the greatest military achievements ever occurred three-quarters of a century ago today. Code named Operation Neptune and usually referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history began on the shores of Normandy, France. D-Day was a massive invasion of Allied forces ...

Teen drivers are at a greater risk of harm

During the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise, according to the AAA Foundation ...

A single moment can be powerful

One single moment in time can have a big impact on our lives. We were reminded of that once again last week when we learned of the deaths of Bart Starr and Bill Buckner. Both are remembered as professional athletes, Starr as quarterback with the Green Bay Packers and Buckner as a first ...

Shortcuts aren’t the answer for immigration

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...