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Local Columns

Ohio schools, communities focus on bus safety this week

COLUMBUS—Every day in Ohio 800,000 children ride more than 15,000 school buses between their homes and schools. School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Ohio’s children, and National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, serves as a reminder for students, parents, ...

We’ve made progress treating addiction, but there’s still more to do

For far too long, prescription pain medication, heroin, and fentanyl have broken families apart and devastated communities in Ohio. In 2017, our opioid overdose death rate was almost three times the national average, with nearly a dozen Ohioans dying from these dangerous drugs every day ...

U.S. must prioritize mining to win clean energy race

Right now, the United States and China are competing to capture the production of advanced energy technologies like solar panels, electric cars, and lithium-ion batteries. And unfortunately, China is winning. The hard truth is that China has already captured much of the renewable energy ...

What Ohioans told me during my travels

At the end of each summer, Congress typically adjourns, letting me spend more time in Ohio instead of commuting back and forth to Washington every week. I love it because I get more time to travel the state and meet people in every corner of Ohio. This summer was no exception. I traveled ...

Follow the Constitution or bring our troops home

Some sixteen hundred years ago, in the year 410 AD, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shockwaves throughout the Western world, triggering Saint ...

The drug abuse devil does exist

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Trouble in Texas hints at wider power shortages

In recent years, Texas has become a bellwether for advances in wind turbines and renewable energy. The wide-open, breezy Texas panhandle offers some of the best wind resources in the country. But some surprising shortfalls are emerging in Texas' electricity production-and that could prove ...

Preventing mass murders in the US

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...

Sometimes ‘intellectuals’ are anything but that

The problem with people who say things that make us scratch our heads — we call them “intellectuals” — is that too often, we accept their ideas simply because they are credentialed members of the deep-thinker community. It helps if they hold doctorates and have been published. They ...

Fifty years later, walk on the moon still inspirational

50 years ago, one of Ohio's greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will never ...