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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 ...

GUEST COLUMN: Bring people together this Independence Day

As any grocer knows particularly well, the days leading up to the Fourth of July are filled with excitement and anticipation of the festivities to come. In our store, we see it as an opportunity to help make sure the people in our community have everything they need to partake in the family ...

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for ...

Preventing attacks on religion in U.S.

We in modern America must be doing pretty well for ourselves. Otherwise, why would some of us be preoccupied with imagining threats that don’t really exist to our freedom, health and wellbeing? U.S. Supreme Court justices — seven of the nine, anyway — may be heading toward the ...

Info meeting on health care and aging planned

My position as a state representative allows me to meet with advocacy groups that represent a variety of organizations ranging from local funding and farming to education and health care. Many times, these meetings provide me with information on resources available at the local level for the ...

Sales tax cut are coming for glasses, contact lenses

Next month the State of Ohio will eliminate the sales tax on prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. This change is a result of legislation that I supported and helped pass in 2017. It’s estimated that it will save Ohio taxpayers nearly $30 million annually. Elimination of the sales tax ...