Commentary: The Unintended Consequences of COVID-19 Lockdowns

The costs of the government responses to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have been severe. New evidence suggests they could be even worse than we imagined.

An ABC affiliate in California reports that doctors at John Muir Medical Center tell them they have seen more deaths by suicide than COVID-19 during the quarantine.

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Counselors Blame Common Core, Over Testing and ‘Trophy Culture’ for College Student’s Increased Mental Health Demands

The Associated Press (AP) investigated the state of student mental health on the largest college campuses in America and found students receiving mental health treatment has increased by 35% since 2014. The news service cites reduced stigma for seeking help, increased anxiety, depression and disorders as some reasons for the jump.

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey Administered to Delaware County Students as Young as Sixth Grade – Asks Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Suicide Questions

An alarm was raised by Big Walnut Middle School parents on social media recently about a survey given to students as young as eleven. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is now administered by the Delaware General Health District (DGHD), has been collecting data on students since 1991 for the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This year, for the first time, Delaware County Middle-Schoolers were asked about their sexual orientation, gender identity and detailed thoughts about suicide.

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Ohio Lawmakers Rush to Introduce Gun Bills Following Mass Shootings

Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton on August 3 and 4, Ohio lawmakers rushed to introduce eight gun bills aimed at regulating sales of firearms, including universal background checks and red flag laws.

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Commentary: The Meaning of Jeffrey Epstein

The Trump Administration on July 31 announced steps that could lead to the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where prices are lower. This strategy is favored by President Trump but has long been opposed by many Republicans. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that the policy would enable Americans to “get the benefit of the deals that pharma themselves are striking with other countries.” 

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New Bill Provides Tax Exemption for Ohio’s Disabled Veterans

A bill currently under consideration by the Ohio Legislature would exempt disability service pay, made to honorably discharged veterans, from state income taxes. House Bill 18 (HB 18) was introduced to the Ohio House of Representatives last month. Wednesday, the bill finally came to a vote where it passed by an…

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Female Veterans Quietly Struggle With Sexual Harassment, Suicide

by Max Jungreis   Pfc. Nichole Bowen-Crawford said she was walking to lunch on her Army base near Nasiriyah, Iraq, in 2003 when she received her daily proposition from a passing fellow soldier. “Hey, Bowen,” the officer tossed out, “let’s go f— in the bunker.” Bowen-Crawford told VOA that while…

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Top US Navy Admiral in the Middle East Found Dead in ‘Apparent Suicide’

by Evie Fordham   A replacement has been named for Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, the top Navy admiral in the Middle East, after he was found dead in his residence in Bahrain Saturday. Vice Adm. Jim Malloy, the deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy, will take Stearney’s…

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Washington State Medical Board Has A Simple Solution To Help Amid Physician Mental Health Crisis

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by Evie Fordham   The Washington State Medical Commission (WMC) is taking a step to combat the high suicide rate among physicians by making physician licensing questions more friendly to doctors who have sought psychiatric help. Updates to Washington state’s licensure questions will focus on an individual’s current impairment rather than…

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