Local Columns

Protect consumers affected by Equifax breach for 10 years

This month, we learned 143 million Americans — about half the country — had their personal information exposed to criminals by the company Equifax during a massive data breach. That’s dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and more. I’m doing everything in my power to ...

Two simple words help dispatch complex issue of bullying

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

Tax cut sought for small biz, tax hike for others

It’s time American companies invest in their greatest asset: the American worker. As Washington turns its attention to tax reform, I want to cut taxes for working families and for businesses that support good-paying American jobs — not multinational corporations that ship our jobs ...

Program policies spell out expectations for children, adults

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

Task force on opioid addiction offers public an open forum

Earlier this year, the speaker of the Ohio House announced the creation of five task forces, each given the assignment to dive deeper into specific subject matters. The Task Force on Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education and Safety (HOPES) soon will begin traveling around the state to gather ...

Resolving conflict leads to renewed relationship

“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” Roberto Assagioli I was born and raised on Miami Street here in Tiffin. That house and many others are, of course, gone, and in that area are some beautiful Tiffin University buildings. Miami Street ...

All should be positive role models for youths

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

Opioid emergency declaration opens door to more action

Ohioans don’t need a declaration to tell them the opioid crisis is a national emergency. Many of them are living this nightmare every day. This month, after the White House Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis unveiled formal recommendations to address the opioid ...

Senator to nominate next generation of American patriots

As summer winds down, high schools across Ohio are opening their doors for yet another academic year. For the seniors, this school year signals an important crossroads in their lives. Over the course of the coming months, these students will be deciding what they will do after graduation. ...

It’s time to work together on health care act

It’s time we kick drug companies and insurance lobbyists out of the health-care conversation, listen to the American people, and finally work together to lower prices and make health care work better for everyone. Last week, we witnessed again that partisan politics is no match for the ...

HOPES Agenda takes multifaceted approach

It’s been a busy first quarter of 2017, with the main focus of the state legislature’s agenda being the state operating budget. Funding items from schools to public libraries, there was much to review and decide before the budget was slated for a vote. The opiate epidemic played a larger ...

Compromise can get truly affordable health care

Perhaps the art of politics — compromise — isn’t dead, after all. Good for U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, for attempting to jump start it. I recently suggested the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, won’t be repealed and replaced unless members ...

Some plants are just made to be in the shade

Gardening in the shade is a condition I don’t have to deal with. My house faces south, and is fairly low, and so I have sun everywhere for most of the day. The only real shade is under the beautiful old oaks and maples in the back, and those areas are more suited to a lawn chair, a book and a ...

Silicon Valley looking to extend life

So it was that Eos, goddess of the dawn, fell in love with Tithonus, a handsome young prince of Troy and, beguiling him with her beauty, brought him to her palace on Mount Olympus. They lived happily for many years but, being mortal, age eventually overtook Tithonus. In her despair, Eos ...

Protecting Ohioans from Wall Street scams

Always read the fine print. Almost a year after millions of fake bank accounts were uncovered, Wells Fargo is still using fine print “forced arbitration” clauses to cheat those customers out of the justice they deserve. Ohio’s consumer cop, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is ...

The truth behind the CBO’s flawed calculations

Driving the 480 miles from Columbus to Raleigh, N.C., should take you about eight hours. But what if your GPS device insisted you could make the trip in four? Blindly following such an unreliable estimate, even when made by your trusted GPS, would cause you a lot of problems. Congress too ...

Fighting to Protect Lake Erie is fighting for Ohioans

The Great Lakes are known for their beautiful coastlines and great fishing and boating. In fact, Lake Erie is Ohio’s No. 1 tourist destination. But more than that, Lake Erie provides drinking water for 3 million Ohioans and jobs for hundreds of thousands of families across the Buckeye ...

Doctor at Firelands details dangers of opioids

In Ohio, 1,115 people died from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2015. According to data maintained by the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, in Seneca County, there were six opioid-related drug overdose deaths in 2015, 10 in 2016 and six (three ...

Respect history

History class was not my favorite class when I attend high school, but I did learn quite of amount of history from the early years of the great nation, including the headaches of the useless wars. But, I did learn this nation was formed by the wars and our forefathers used their mistakes to ...

Protect health care for Ohioans

The latest Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be devastating for rural Ohio. Last week, I released a county-by-county report detailing just how harmful repealing the Affordable Care Act could be in rural Ohio. From cuts to schools and nursing homes to hospital ...