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Apr 23, 2017 12:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Killing on Facebook underscores need for responsibility on social media

Within hours Sunday, a video uploaded to Facebook spread like wildfire. It showed the random, heinous killing of a Cleveland man as he walked home after eating Easter dinner with his family.

Apr 16, 2017 12:00 AM

OUR VIEW: Make this Easter the most important time in your life

The three most important times of the world have been: Creation, Christmas and Easter. All have to do with God giving man life and providing a way for relationship with Him. This Easter do we recognize the reality of God's existence, goodness, and place in our life?

Apr 9, 2017 12:00 AM

GUEST COLUMN: Ohio START to help families affected by parents' drug abuse

Children traumatized as a result of their parents' drug abuse are often the invisible victims of the opioid epidemic. They may have gone days without food or adequate supervision. They may have been abused. And they may have witnessed a parent inject drugs, overdose or even die.

By Mike Dewine Ohio Attorney General
Apr 9, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: As drug epidemic rages, more stories of addiction come to light

COLUMBUS -- Do you know somebody addicted to drugs? Or who has died as a result, either through an unintentional overdose or other destructive behavior that resulted? I'm betting you probably do. Not too long ago, we might have a conversation about those folks, using hushed terms.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
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Apr 2, 2017 12:00 AM

SMOKE SIGNALS: Reporter's meds become casualty in war on heroin

Recently I became a casualty in the war raging against opiates. No, I didn't lose a loved one to a heroin overdose. Nor did I decide to shoot narcotics into my veins.

By Tim Troglen Reporter
Apr 2, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: Updated poverty report doesn't paint a pretty picture for Ohio

COLUMBUS -- More than 1.6 million Ohioans -- that's about 14.8 percent of the population in the state -- were living below the federal poverty line in 2015, according to a new report issued a couple of days ago by groups that advocate on behalf of the needy.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: Lawmakers facing uncertainty as they work on the budget

COLUMBUS -- In the next few weeks, the Ohio House will amend Gov. John Kasich's executive budget proposal, stripping out that severance tax increase and other stuff members don't like and adding stuff they do.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
KALEIDO: Berry was great rock-n-roller
Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM

KALEIDO: Berry was great rock-n-roller

Oh my ding a ling, everybody sing I wanna play with my ding a ling a ling Oh my ding a ling, my ding a ling I wanna play with my ding a ling a ling Although "My Ding-a-Ling" may not be Chuck Berry's most famous song, it certainly is an ear-catcher and sticks in the minds of many rock-n-roll fans.

Mar 19, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: It's like a dream you keep having over and over again

COLUMBUS -- I could say something about Yogi Berra and "deja vu all over again," but that would be too easy, so I won't mention it.

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

LETTER: Concerned development will negatively impact area

I and many others have read with dismay that Brimfield Trustees (seemingly with the blessing of Tallmadge officials) have voted to rezone Maplecrest Golf Club, once a premier golf course, for commercial and industrial use.

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Mar 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Should we teach or curse cursive handwriting?

COLUMBUS -- When I was a kid, back before the Internet and computers and smart phones and driverless cars (which, really, wasn't that long ago), students at my elementary school focused part of their days on the Palmer Method.

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

County Prosecutor: Be on the lookout for IRS phone scam

Criminals work hard to try and get your money. They're always thinking of new ways to convince you to give them personal information. Not even our office is immune. Summit County Prosecutor's Office employees have received calls from scammers.

By Sherri Bevan Walsh Summit County Prosecutor
Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

LETTER: Lauds School Board for selecting cross section of community to discuss building design

On Feb. 24, I joined a group of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community members who gathered to begin discussing the design phase of Tallmadge's new K-5 and middle school buildings. The architects of Sol Harris/Day led this "Educational Visioning Session.

Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

SIDELINES: Using words in an ugly manner

I love words. I love how you can combine a few letters of the alphabet to describe a beautiful day, a child's wonder, a painful remembrance. I have always loved to read and to write. When I was younger, I did creative writing, making up stories, poems and plays.

By Marsha Mckenna Senior Editor
Mar 5, 2017 12:00 AM

CAPITAL NEWS: Failing to yield on nonpartisan slippery slope of unintended consequences

COLUMBUS -- Hang around the Statehouse long enough and you'll hear certain phrases repeated over and over again. Like "slippery slope.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Getting down to budget details

COLUMBUS -- It takes a few weeks to really get to know the proposed state budget.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
REFLECTIONS: Son brings out storyteller in father
Feb 26, 2017 12:00 AM

REFLECTIONS: Son brings out storyteller in father

I am not a storyteller. I can write and report and tell stories in the paper, but when it comes to verbally telling a tale, true or made-up, I have a little trouble. Often after I tell a story, I think later, "I could have told that better.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
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
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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.