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Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Everyone should be concerned about heroin and fentanyl

COLUMBUS -- Take a penny out of your pocket. Or borrow one from somebody. Heck, look around on the ground, and you'll probably find one. Now go get a salt shaker and carefully remove 32 grains. Yes, grains, as in the tiny specks that you sprinkle all over your french fries.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

LETTER: Not happy with Portman's 'yes' vote of DeVos

I would like to thank Senator Rob Portman(R) of Ohio for putting money above the interests of the schoolchildren of the United States. Despite the fact that over 90 percent of U.S. children attend public schools, Portman voted yes for a woefully ignorant Betsy DeVos.

Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM

LETTER: Trump needs to adjust how he brings about change

Donald Trump is our president and the emperor with no clothes. He states what's on his mind without subterfuge. He is provocative, profane, coarse, insulting, mocking those who disagree with him. He displays little compassion.

Everett Covered Bridge photogenic relic of the horse-and-buggy days
Feb 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Everett Covered Bridge photogenic relic of the horse-and-buggy days

Photography is popular amongst visitors to national parks, and many parks become known by their photographic icons. In Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Everett Covered Bridge is one of the often-photographed destinations.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Feb 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Don't overlook the high-tech initiatives in governor's plan

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich was on the road the day after his biennial budget rollout, talking to an audience in suburban Dayton about some of the provisions included in the two-year spending plan.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Better safe than sorry, when dealing with colonoscopy prep

A few weeks ago I successfully made it through my second colonoscopy. I know what you are all doing right now. You're looking at my column picture and wondering how out of date is it. Well, it's not from last week, but I still look pretty much the same.

By Andrew Adam Hudson Hub-times Editor
Feb 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Legislative leader finally moves to broadcast more committees

COLUMBUS -- Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) deserves public kudos for his decision to allow the broadcast of three additional legislative committees. It's a big step in the right direction.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Cell phones in need of sound of silence button
Jan 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Cell phones in need of sound of silence button

I want to start this column off with a question for our readers. Do you know of a cell phone ring tone etiquette class? I know. That's a mouthful to say. If you know of one, please let me know.

By Tim Troglen Reporter
Jan 29, 2017 12:00 AM

PUCO nominees, school standards, taxes

COLUMBUS -- Eight of 24 people who submitted applications for consideration for two seats on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be interviewed for the posts.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM

How do you beat the post-holiday blues?

January can be depressing. Many people get the post-holiday blues. You have this big long build-up to Christmas that begins in November (which includes Thanksgiving). There's the music, cards, gifts, parties, and food. It's festive and fun.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
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Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Kasich offers potential preview of State of the State

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich offered what was called a "looking ahead" speech a few days ago before an audience of business leaders near the Statehouse.

Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills
Jan 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Discovering the National Park's Virginia Kendall Hills

When snow finally comes this winter, you won't want to miss your chance to get outside to play and enjoy the natural wonder of winter with your kids. Consider taking them sledding at the Virginia Kendall Hills in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi
Developing empathy is key to achieving Dr. King's dream
Jan 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Developing empathy is key to achieving Dr. King's dream

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How close are we to achieving Dr. King's dream?

Jan 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Tragic story of Columbus' first homicide victim of 2016

COLUMBUS -- I don't know a whole lot about Tarak Andrew Underiner. Reading the incident report posted by the Columbus Police Department a few day back, I know he was 20 years old and probably an Ohio State University student. And around 12:30 a.m. on Jan.

Jan 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Kasich's leadership supercedes politics

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed an ill-advised decision by the lame-duck legislature that would have effectively put a mandate on renewable energy development on hold for another two years.

Jan 8, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: Grab some popcorn and get ready for more political drama in 2018

COLUMBUS -- The next six months are going to be fascinating, for so many reasons: Tight Budget: Gov. John Kasich and his administration have been warning for months that spending over the next two fiscal years is going to be tight.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Finding a right word to describe the past year
Jan 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Finding a right word to describe the past year

How can I describe the past year? It's difficult to narrow it down into one word. Actually impossible. What do you think of when you think of 2016? I'm going to go alphabetically and come up with 26 words. AWESOME -- My son, who beat brain cancer, turned 4 this year.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
Jan 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Is Husted setting tone for possible gubernatorial bid?

COLUMBUS -- In what could be considered one of the first salvos of the 2018 gubernatorial contest, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this month that he doesn't want any taxpayer money in the next biennial budget cycle to pay for his office expenses.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Dec 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Take a break from self-imposed holiday stress this Christmas

Editor's note: This column was written last holiday season, but it's being reprinted this year. Remember when you were a kid, and Christmas was a "break?

By Scott Shriner Executive Editor
Dec 25, 2016 12:00 AM

This season, renew your faith in the goodness of humanity

"We are not enemies, but friends ... The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." -- Abraham Lincoln So what exactly is there to be merry about this Christmas, anyway?