This ODOT plan riding on its rims


Ohio’s Department of Transportation recently unveiled its plan to boost walking and biking as transportation options for Ohioans. The pitch is that adopting these methods of transportation will save billions of dollars. An Associated Press report on the plan, which has been in development ...

Lead pipe problem in Ohio isn’t going away


Last week, the National Resources Defense Council issued a report that there are still 650,000 lead pipes delivering water throughout our state, making Ohio the second worst in the U.S. for number of lead pipes still in use. (Illinois is worse with 730,000). That’s a problem. Acidic water ...

‘Handshake for the Century’ will become a lasting tribute


The planning, creation and unveiling of the commemorative Jackie Robinson-George Shuba “Handshake for the Century” statue in downtown Youngstown had been under way and anticipated for many, many months. Saturday’s unveiling proved it was well worth the wait. We say that not just because ...

Postal Service must figure it out before the holidays


Everyone remembers the chaos of last year’s holiday shipping, when packages sent before Thanksgiving didn’t arrive until well into the New Year — or for some, disappeared forever. A U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday focused on the United States Postal Service, and some of the budget and ...

Too much heat can hurt you

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Kate got down from the tractor. She was helping to bale hay when she suddenly didn’t feel so well. She hadn’t thought it was excessively warm, just a nice summer day. Still, she had been drinking a sports drink to keep herself hydrated. She looked at the house, unsure whether she could make ...