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Why I voted for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

This week, I was proud to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. She is an impressive person and a distinguished legal scholar who is well qualified for the job. In fact, the American Bar Association judges her to be “well qualified”, their highest rating. ...

My yard sale no-buy list

I told my wife that if she ever writes her memoirs (and there's no reason to expect that she will), a good title would be "Yard Sales I Have Known." There would be at least one chapter about things I am no longer allowed to buy at yard sales, things like circular saws (I have eight), framing ...

COVID-19 fallout is going to worsen, folks

By Jan. 1, nearly 1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio not far behind, predicts a scientific think tank at the University of Washington. That translates to 1,747 people in the Mountain State and 10,270 in the Buckeye State. As of Monday, the death tolls in our ...

In social distancing era, rural America needs broadband to survive

Over the last six months, the United States has seen various forms of lockdown as we have worked to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These uncertain times have led many of us to make changes in the way we work, learn, and communicate. Many of these changes have been facilitated by the ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is being observed

One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the U.S after skin cancer. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®, I want to share the following ...

The hoax that is the virus

Let us take a look at the reporting of China Virus statistics that have been used to affect all of our lives, cripple the best economy of our lifetimes, and force us to surrender our Constitutional freedoms. As you will see, it is a shameful example of politically motivated propaganda that ...

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

Affordable energy needed during pandemic, heat wave

As the coronavirus continues to upend the country, Americans are facing unique challenges. Millions are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If that isn’t bad enough, electricity bills are also rising right now during peak summer demand. That means staying cool has suddenly become an ...

‘And now the rest of the story’

COLUMBUS —For more than three decades, radio personality named Paul Harvey would begin his broadcast with, “And now the rest of the story.” Recently, a front page story highlighted the potential unintended impact the use of traffic cameras in our county could have upon the Local ...

We all must keep working to fight addiction in America

For more than 25 years, I’ve worked to address the drug addiction epidemic that has affected so many lives across Ohio. Over the last several years, I have been encouraged by the progress we have made in fighting this disease, especially with regard to opioids like heroin and prescription ...