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Get ready, get set — vote in Nov. 3 election

I have an important message for you: Take the necessary steps to ensure you are ready to vote on Nov. 3. In my opinion, voting is one of the most important things that each American can do. It is the foundation of our nation. Voting is the way we make our voices heard. It allows us to choose ...

Remembering the people of 9/11

This month we took time to remember the 19th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 19 years ago and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of September 11th. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war on ...

Attitude can help achieve success even amid chaos

We all make people happy. Some people do it by entering a room. Others do it by leaving a room. You probably know both kinds of people. Which kind are you? The difference is attitude. We all have friends we like to be around. They make us feel good when we are with them. Maybe they ...

The Restore Our Parks Act will preserve Ohio’s treasures

Last month marked a momentous breakthrough in our efforts to safeguard our public lands when President Trump signed into law my Restore Our Parks Act — bipartisan legislation that will protect and conserve our national parks for generations to come. I have worked for years to get this ...

Good people have been heard: It’s time to move on

I voted for President Donald Trump for many of the same reasons my friends and neighbors did.  We were tired of leaders who talked a good game, then rarely delivered on our values.  I reasoned there was nothing a novice president could do that our institutions and Congress couldn’t ...

September holds food for thought

Where has this summer gone? If you are reading this article today, we are staring at our final holiday of the summer. I hope we all take time to appreciate the hard work of our family members to maintain our lifestyles. Labor Day is usually observed on the first Monday in September- so the date ...

In tune with the rhythm of the world

Crickets chirping. Weed trimmers whirring. Just a general, hazy hum. Those are the sounds of September in Belmont. Do you ever just take a few minutes to listen to the world around you? If you do, I’m sure you’ve noticed that every season has its own “song.” In the spring, it might ...

How do I explain Trump’s America to my daughter?

MAGA friends, I need your help. I need help explaining Donald Trump’s America to my daughter. My daughter turned five this month, and in between her princess videos and animated movies, she listens and learns. She sees strife in the streets, hears concern in the voices of her parents, and ...

Do not forget the sacrifices Americans made for freedom

Last week was the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is hard for me to imagine what it was like to live through a war where the very existence of our country is at stake. My understanding of that time comes from my parents. My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific. He ...

Sudden storms revive flood of memories

I experienced a little blast from the past on Friday, when I was caught in the first of several downpours to strike our area that day. I was leaving an appointment in Bridgeport and tried to wait out the heavy shower, but I decided it was going to make me late for my next stop and went ahead ...

For many Ohio college students, ‘back-to-school’ is an uncertain time

For many Ohio college students this fall, the term “Back to School” is taking on a whole new meaning as the coronavirus shakes up higher education and leaves so much about the new semester in doubt. After all, it is hard to get excited about going back to school when there may not be a ...

Dealing with deer and garden disasters

Last year it was bunnies; this year it’s deer. At least one deer has to be the culprit behind the gradual destruction of our garden. In fact, it left some clear evidence behind during its last visit, if you get my drift. This was no bunny. The first event was pretty devastating. Something ...

Trump’s tariffs helped Whirlpool in northern Ohio

For nearly 70 years, the Whirlpool plant in Clyde, Ohio, has produced some of the best washing machines in the world. I was proud to recommend to the Trump Administration that the president visit the plant, especially given the successful efforts we have undertaken with President Trump to ...

Cracker plant round table did not include community input

Last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes visited Belmont County, Ohio, to tour the Dilles Bottom site of the proposed PTTGCA ethane cracker plastics plant and ​meet​ with “state and local officials and community members.” The event was publicized as a “roundtable ...

Making the most of a summer drive

One thing I miss while working mainly from home is the drive back and forth to work. That may sound strange, since many people dread their daily commute. For me, though, it is a bit of time each day when I have to focus on just one thing — the road ahead. It also is an opportunity for me to ...

Increasing financial security and independence

Last month, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill’s enactment was a defining moment for our country, and the ADA has drastically improved equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. July ...

An arrest in Cleveland shows how China breaks the rules on research

CINCINNATI -- The coronavirus has challenged our country in unprecedented ways. To overcome this crisis, we are looking in part to our world-class research institutions to help develop treatments and vaccines for this disease. But these places of discovery and innovation are also prime targets ...

Who will continue the fight for justice?

This month will be the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington that took place on August 28, 1963. It is believed that between 200,000 to 300,000 people participated in the March. The last speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was not on the original program, but because of ...

What a big difference a year can make

What was on your mind this time a year ago? You probably were thinking about sending your children or grandchildren back to school. Maybe, if you were gardening, you were concerned about conditions that were too hot and dry. Chances are fairly good that you had made some recent memories at ...

Testing our mettle — Ohio safe, Ohio working

COVID-19 has certainly disrupted life as we know it. While many of us may have experienced fear and anxiety that accompanies uncertainty, I find solace in a saying my parents used to share, “you can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it.” As I have ...