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Local Columns

Guest Column: Lordstown: Who is to blame

With the ratification of a new contract, the UAW conceded that the shuttering of the idle Lordstown plant is permanent. The union, in self-preservation mode, blames General Motors, as it must, to avoid painful introspection. But is the so called evil corporation really the culprit ...

GUEST COLUMN: How safe is the U.S. power grid?

At any one time, the United States uses more than 400,000 megawatts of electricity. That's a lot of power, and it takes a lot of non-stop work to keep it flowing. But how safe is America's power grid from cyber attacks and other disruptions? Cyber intrusions are no longer a theoretical ...

Providing SUPPORT against the opioid addiction scourge

As a member of the Presidential Task Force on Opioids, I’ve witnessed firsthand President Trump’s commitment to address and eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction. It’s no secret that Ohio, particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, has been hit particularly hard by the opioid ...

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 ...