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New map making draws skepticism

Now that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Republican-drawn state legislative maps are unconstitutional, the question is: How will the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which approved the gerrymandered maps, react? Based on the questionable methods it used to draw the rejected maps, Ohioans should ...

Johnson clearly a big favorite to remain the 6th District Rep

It was going to be very difficult for a Democrat to beat U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson in the 6th Congressional District race. But now that Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti of Poland has chosen not to challenge him, it’s going to be nearly impossible for a Democrat to unseat the ...

Fentanyl a new danger for vapers

CATHY BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center There are unscrupulous people out there who are interested in only one thing: Money. Yours. They don’t care how long your life span is. They don’t care anything about you. They are raking in the dough. And people are dying. The University of ...

Rotten fruit doesn’t sell

None of us go to a store and look for a rotten black banana. We want a nice, not too ripe, but pleasing to the eye and the stomach banana. Who wants an orange with mold on it, or an apple that looks good on the outside, but is soft and bruised on the inside? Today we learn from God’s word ...

Democrats likely to struggle next year

The House Bill 6 bribery scheme to provide a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout of two failed nuclear power plants in exchange for an alleged $60 million bribe has tentacles that could touch many prominent Ohio Republicans. With 2022 statewide elections approaching, an important political question ...

‘Yuns’ Should be Proper English

“The people here talk curiously, they all ‘reckon’ instead of ‘expect.’ ‘Youns’ is a word I have heard used several times, but what it means I don’t know. . . .” Those lines were written in 1810, in the journal of an educated young Northeastern woman as she traveled by ...