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Local Columns

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 ...

What you should know about online learning

As COVID-19 moves America’s students out of the classroom and into studying at home, a school with 20 years’ experience in online learning can offer some advice. In the flash of an eye, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of American life. Among the most dramatic ...

Bring American industry back from China now

There is growing congressional interest in finally confronting China over its predatory trade practices. But while talk continues in Washington over the right policy response, China keeps picking off key parts of U.S. manufacturing, including the automotive industry. A recent Senate hearing ...

Adventures on the press trail with VP Mike Pence

It’s always exciting covering presidential or vice presidential visits, and my time as pool reporter for Mike Pence’s recent stop in the Mahoning Valley fit the bill. I’ve been selected as “pool reporter” about a dozen times and have never been a fan of it. The pool reporter’s ...

Independence Day: Freedom is never free

While Antifa and other dissenting groups get all the headlines, let us not forget the individuals that made it possible for these thugs, criminals to riot, destroy property, and ruin lives all in the name of the First Amendment. Do you think any of these miscreants give a moment’s thought ...

Keep energy affordable during COVID recovery

In the wake of nearly 40 million jobless claims in recent weeks, Americans are clearly struggling to pay the bills. In fact, a new national poll found that nearly 50 percent of registered voters are increasingly worried about paying for household expenses, including electricity. This isn’t ...

Update on plans for Kent State Columbiana County campuses

As dean, I am writing with an update on plans for the fall semester at the Kent State Columbiana County campuses. First, please understand that there are more than 100 people considering every problem and situation imaginable to make sure we have procedures so that we can welcome students ...

A message to all Ohio 2020 grads

At this time of year, thousands of Ohio students would normally be walking across stages in auditoriums, gyms and arenas to proudly accept their high school, college, or graduate school diplomas. With graduations canceled this year, students and their teachers, friends, and families will miss ...