Local Columns

Fit and Fun in the Sun

While obesity rates continue to rise nationwide, local initiatives are helping to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to instill healthy choices at a young age through their Preschool Family ...

The dragon vs. the elephant

High in the Himalayas, troops from China and India are locked in a worst military standoff in decades. “Asia’s two largest countries,” reports Ralph Jennings for Forbes, “are locked in a standoff on the Doklam plateau, a region of the Himalayan mountain kingdom Bhutan where China was ...

Education key to preventing drug, alcohol addiction

In a society that promotes alcohol and drug use continually at every level, the need to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and drug use and its effect on youth has never been greater. Children and youth are much more likely to avoid such dangers when they are properly educated. The ...

The State Budget: A Checks-and Balances

During the final week of June, the end of the last fiscal year, a conference committee of the Ohio House and Senate agreed upon a version of the biennial state operating budget, the spending plan for the state for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. As a part of the typical budget process, Governor ...

Serving up sustainability: Local initiatives fight hunger

Food insecurity is a reality for our area and many surrounding areas of Appalachia. To address area needs, food pantries must be able to stock the necessities on a regular basis. While donations from community members are always needed and appreciated, they are unpredictable. Several local ...

Benefits continuing from shale oil boom

Why should U.S. consumers feel good about the shale revolution? The best reason is that U.S. gasoline prices, adjusted for inflation, are the cheapest they’ve been since 2000. The price drop shows that one of the great benefits from the shale-oil boom is not going away. Beginning around 15 ...

North Korea’s nuclear genie is out of the bottle

All the theories aside, Pyongyang has passed the point of no return and now it is too late to stop North Korea from going nuclear. For 23 years, the United States has tried to thwart the Hermit Kingdom’s push for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). All the efforts since 1994, ...

VFW field home to Reds Legends camp memories

I would like to mention something very special about the former home of the Cincinnati Reds Legends event for the last 23 years. If the old VFW field could somehow speak and show emotion, then I truly believe it would have been sobbing and crying during Reds Legends week this summer. As we ...

Arriving at a new reality

The nature of nature, the power of power, the power to the second power, squared that is. And what is the deepest meaning of “the second”? Is it merely the moment, the next tick before the tock? Or could it be more, that which is dual and the duel between the self and that which is ...

Will Taiwan endure?

In a major diplomatic victory for Beijing, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama announced on June 13 that the Central American state had decided to sever its 105 years of formal relations with Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, and to switch diplomatic ties to the People’s ...

‘SNAP’ judgment makes budget unpalatable

It wasn’t that long ago when this president was still a candidate courting the hard-working people of America, suggesting that America had fallen on hard times and that, together, we needed to make America great again. However, the release of the President’s budget titled, “A New ...

Oxford House helps in recovery

Drug addiction or alcoholism can be deceptively easy to fall into. An auto accident or sports injury may require opiate pain pills. After a period of time, the victim cannot live without the pills. When he or she can no longer gain access to the pills, heroin becomes the drug of choice. It is ...

City needs to preserve riverbank for future generations

As the 4th Ward Councilman for nearly 19 years, one of my goals has been to keep as much of our riverbank accessible to the public as possible. In 2001, I had dinner with some folks from Cleveland who were in town with the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). You probably remember those 3,000 ...

Join the effort to protect Marietta’s healthy trees

Historic Marietta, a Tree City USA 38 years running, needs its citizens to step up if our urban forest is to survive. While the spirit of Marilyn Ortt inspires many everyday, her physical presence fighting for every healthy tree and continual planting now is in the hands of others. The ...

Money driven medicine

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Columnist Erick Erickson calls the Republican plan to replace Obamacare “Swampcare.” He says, “If Swampcare continues, the government takeover of healthcare will escalate and costs will soar.” It ...

Bring Constitutional Carry in Ohio in ’17

2017 has got to be the year that Ohio passes Constitutional Carry! In the face of innumerable threats from the federal government and powerful politicians in the states that would see to it that Americans no longer have the right to protect themselves, the renewed efforts of Ohio ...

Lions International celebrates 100th anniversary

This year marks a historic one for Lions International — our 100th anniversary of worldwide service. As an organization, we have undergone many changes to create a bigger impact on our world through service. In 1925, Helen Keller designated us as “knights of the blind in the crusade against ...

Recovery can be beautiful

Each of us has experienced or knows someone who has experienced the devastating effects of a mental health disorder. The World Health Organization has found that these disorders are the single greatest health problem in North America. One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness and ...

When it comes to American politics it’s all ‘Greek to me’

If one were to use the expression “It’s Greek to me” to express resignation or bafflement concerning the bizarre behavior of the present-day occupant of the Oval Office, they might not be far off the mark. As I’ve suggested in two previous op-ed pieces, an important clue for ...

Globalization 2.0: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ plan

As the new U.S. administration continues to give emphasis to President Trump’s “America First” mantra, China is seizing the historic opportunity to champion for its global leadership position. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship project, dubbed “One Belt, One Road” — to ...