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COVID-19 fallout is going to worsen, folks

By Jan. 1, nearly 1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio not far behind, predicts a scientific think tank at the University of Washington. That translates to 1,747 people in the Mountain State and 10,270 in the Buckeye State. As of Monday, the death tolls in our ...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is being observed

One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the U.S after skin cancer. As a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®, I want to share the following ...

The hoax that is the virus

Let us take a look at the reporting of China Virus statistics that have been used to affect all of our lives, cripple the best economy of our lifetimes, and force us to surrender our Constitutional freedoms. As you will see, it is a shameful example of politically motivated propaganda that ...

Explanation regarding drastic LGF reduction

I am writing as a member of the County Budget Commission to give you a straightforward explanation of why your local government funds (LGF) were drastically cut. No politics. No unwarranted criticism. But no cover-up either. Just facts. I am not running for any office. But your elected ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...