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Dave Yost earned his pay

I do not know Attorney General Dave Yost.

I have never met him. I know he has worked for the Delaware County and the State of Ohio and paid into a public retirement system through his wages as a public employee.

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He owns his retirement and if eligible to retire can choose to start drawing his pension. The taxpayers of Ohio are not giving him his salary.

He works a 40-hour week like most people, and probably more.

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He is the chief attorney for the state of Ohio and has around 1,500 state employees. No one is giving him anything. He is not double dipping. He works for his pay.

Tim Carty, Dublin

Labels matter when we talk about mental health

We now know that “mental” illness — including mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, schizophrenia, substance-use and eating disorders, suicidality, etc. — is actually a metabolic brain dysfunction.

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Knowing this, will we treat sufferers better? And, will we better-treat them?

Terminology matters.

Labeling someone as “mentally ill” often results in dismissing them as character-flawed, at-blame, off their meds, or simply a hopeless case. No one deserves any of this, especially not a person suffering from a brain disorder.

What they do deserve are respect, early intervention, the best metabolic science we can provide, and compassion for their efforts to heal. We give these to people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, and other metabolic syndromes. So why not to our “mental” patients?

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So far, medical science has not been stellar at treating any disorder mentioned here.

Let’s improve both our labeling and our treatments before another young woman self-medicates with drugs and alcohol, steals a car with precious babies inside, and spits in an officer’s face. Let’s do it now, before someone else shoots up a school, a church, a grocery store, or themselves.

We owe this to them. We owe this to all of us. 

Martha Sanders, Columbus

You need to relax

Are you tired of being tired? Dreading that morning alarm? It’s time for a change and a well-rested you.

Anyone can build good sleep habits with a little work. These routines can improve our moods, productivity, and even stop weight gain.

Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t do, it’s time to discuss what you get to do.

The hour before bedtime is your chance to relax and wind down. The possibilities beyond a screen are endless — take a bath, have a light snack, read a book, journal, practice deep breathing, listen to relaxing music, meditate, focus on muscle relaxation, brush and floss your teeth — the list is unending.

Consistency is key.

Try to get up and go the bed around the same time every day, regardless of whether it’s the weekend. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep.

But if you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, get out of bed, and do something relaxing until feeling sleepy.

It’s never too late to try. And if you slip up, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow. It can take a few weeks to develop a new habit. You got this!

Dr. Dena Lowing Columbus

Thoughts, prayers and then more shooting

A newspaper headline seen almost every week these days: “A male shooter, armed with a high-capacity semi-automatic weapon designed for military use, today killed __ people in ___,___, USA in a school/store/church/workplace/celebration site.”

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Republican legislators, multi-tasking while reaching into the pockets of NRA lobbyists, offered thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, the NRA lobbyists, knowing that Democrats would soon offer sensible gun safety legislation supported by up to 80% of voters, encouraged its followers to buy more guns, and they sheepishly complied.

Greg Ward, Dublin

Why debate return bones to ancestors?

I read Danae King’s Jan. 25 “Reconnecting tribes with their ancestors,” and was deeply saddened and infuriated at the same time.

  Why is it that our society marches in the streets and burns buildings in protest of racial and social injustice and we continue to ignore and dismiss the unfairness and injustices in how we have treated, and continue to treat, the native people of this land that we stole from them by force?  

Where is the outrage that over 1,110,000 indigenous human beings still live on reservations that aren’t fit for humans? 

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Why is returning remains to their ancestors even a question for debate? Show respect for the dead and do whatever it takes to get their remains to their ancestors.

Since the Indian Removal Act of May 28, 1830, the government was given legitimate approval to take their land away, divide it, and give them the worst piece of it and call it home.  That act was the beginning of “legal injustice” to Native Americans.

 Legal or not, it is still an injustice to the native people.  

In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Todd Alles, Plain City

Democrats aren’t making up stories about Jewish space lasers

Robert Griffey tries to make a false equivalency with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar by citing many democrats he does not like, in his Jan. 25 letter “Greene, Gosar deserve respect.”

There IS no comparison.

No Democrat every invented stories about Jewish space lasers or screamed at a sitting president delivering the state of the union speech.

You can put Boebert in that group with Greene and Gosar.

Why is Matt Goetz still in Congress and not in prison?

Back in 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned, Republicans were in support of his ouster as they put the country before their party.

No democrat every condoned storming the U.S. Capitol Building either. Times sadly have changed, and I pray for this country. I continue to be amazed that right-leaning people try to say “both sides do it,” when in reality, it is not to that extent.  

Thomas W. Billing, Springfield

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