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Epidemic starts with pain medicine

May 27, 2014 If the laws of this land are intended to produce the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens, then certainly justice is not being served when it comes to opiate-based pain pills. more »»

Penguin Review: 50 years of YSU creativity

May 20, 2014 In 1964, Youngstown State University published the first edition of the Penguin Review to celebrate the creativity of students, especially in the language arts. more »»

When does the public win?

May 16, 2014 One night during a conversation among friends, it again became apparent how disparate opinions about political issues can be. more »»

Columnist lists some favorite Warren things

May 9, 2014 The end of my time as a community columnist is nearly at hand; for the last year it’s been my joy to write about our community and the challenges before it. more »»

Let our words be like thunder

May 6, 2014 During the recent Youngstown State University English Festival, many volunteer speakers interacted with the student attendees, grades 7 through 12. more »»

Mother’s Day: The gift of time well spent

May 2, 2014 Ladies, gentlemen and children, it’s almost Mother’s Day! I’ve got some ideas for spending time with mom that could pre-empt the giving of various polyester shirts, unnecessary statuary, and... more »»

Help criminals pay society back

April 29, 2014 After teaching for two years in an African village with no running water or telephones or TV/radio channels as a Peace Corps volunteer, I returned home and soon enough found work as a GED teacher in... more »»

Teamwork needed among generations

April 25, 2014 In my previous post, I sought to unpack a few key habits of the Millennials in your life — those fun-loving, technology-addicted folks born between 1980 and 2000. more »»

Be prepared to vote for a reason

April 22, 2014 In the last election cycle, I tried to convince citizens to register and vote as a way to show appreciation to our military service members and veterans. more »»

Fear filled the day in between

April 18, 2014 ‘‘For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. more »»

Only work, humility will lead to happiness

April 16, 2014 Perhaps the key to human happiness is waiting for you in your heart of hearts. Let’s look all the way back to Adam and Eve’s boys Cain and Abel for a clue into our species’ weakness. more »»

Millennials are hard to understand

April 11, 2014 If you have someone in your life younger than 30, and you find them confusing, frustrating or just plain weird, I want to assure you that you are not alon. more »»

The new meaning of fracturing

April 8, 2014 Have we read enough about hydraulic fracturing? For most of my life, “fracturing” was a word only used in reference to anatomy, as in “compound fracturing” sidelining an athlet. more »»

Deja vu all over again — play ball!

April 4, 2014 It’s that time of year when those of us who have been waiting since October are gearing up, hoping for an exciting year of baseball. Who’s my team? It is and always has been, the Cleveland Indian. more »»

Reality imitating art imitating reality

April 1, 2014 A black gentleman from Akron purportedly claims to be more fearful of seeing several black teens walking toward him than if they were white teens. more »»

Listening goes a long way

March 28, 2014 There, I said it. I know that makes me a crazy person, or at least it makes me feel that way, because everyone I know is working out practically all the time. more »»

Christ can make one cleaner than ‘clean’

March 28, 2014 “I’ve been clean for six months!” These words are not uncommon among those who reside at our Rescue Mission in Youngstown. more »»

Southern fried opinions

March 25, 2014 Recently, my wife and I visited friends in Florida. We traversed the Sunshine State about half way down the peninsula from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Shore. more »»

Going to the dogs... for therapy

March 21, 2014 Up until five years ago, I had only heard about therapy dogs. I didn’t know anyone personally who had a dog involved in that that kind of work. more »»

Springtime means good fishing

March 18, 2014 It is with some reservation that I give away my best fishing advice. But then again sharing is caring. more »»



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