Puppy mills: Ohio’s dirty little secret

Are you aware of how puppy mill dogs live?

For most, their entire lives are spent in cages that are only 6 inches larger than their body size with up to twelve dogs per cage — cages with only wire floors for them to stand on, stacked on top of each other with the dogs having to relieve themselves inside those cages. The cages are overcrowded, dark and filthy, with little water or fresh food and no provisions for regulating temperatures from freezing cold or stifling heat.

  • Written by Rebecca Johnson Babjak, Bellefontaine

May is mental health awareness month

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

  • Written by PETE FLOYD, president of NAMI of Logan and Champaign Counties

Drugs, lack of funding for sheriff’s office threatening safety

Residents of Logan County, are you aware of the severity of our drug problem?

Our officers are coming in contact with the drugs. Not having enough manpower to take charge of the situation.

Logan County used 49 doses of Narcan in 2016 and as of June 30 this year 69 doses have been used, with 15 deaths.

  • Written by Nell St. Clair, Retired Logan County employee

Government should not tax health care

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A small few have criticized my decision to vote against raising the Health Insuring Corporation tax. Here is the backstory. The federal government decided to control and usurp states’ rights once again by determining that Ohio could no longer have a Medicaid Care Organization tax. This MCO tax began when Obamacare and Medicaid expansion were put in place some seven years ago. Many in government have gotten used to using this MCO tax to fund local programs.

  • Written by Rep. Nino Vitale