Opinion.

Unwelcomed visitors

Editorials

At least three unwelcome guests came to our community last week, but local law enforcement had a welcoming committee ready to greet them and show them to their quarters. Three residents of Coshocton — a small city of about 11,000 people located east of Columbus and north of Zanesville - ...

Many memories to be made in Ohio

Columns

I took a trip across a long stretch of Ohio on Thursday, and it reminded me what an interesting state we live in. I made the drive with my brother, Larry Compston, to attend the funeral of our uncle, Jerry Compston. Jerry lived and worked most of his adult life in the community of Upper ...

The Green ‘New’ Deal is not new

Columns

We are in Florida this week with our youngest son, Gregory, and his family of four children. Our course we went to Walt Disney World. At the Magic Kingdom one of the attractions is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This attraction was originally at the New York City World’s Fair in 1964. ...

Ohio’s license reinstatement fee amnesty initiative

Columns

Often, a major barrier to employment is the lack of a driver’s license. And for individuals with a limited income and money owed on reinstatement fees to the BMV, it can be nearly impossible to have a valid driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, individuals are forced to ...

Showing love and patience can cast of fear

Columns

It is said that Christopher Columbus kept two records of the distances traveled on his first voyage to the New World in the Santa Maria. One was true, he thought, but he deliberately faked the other. Ironically, the fake log turned out to be the more accurate of the two. To alleviate his ...

Dems should deny Cohen

Editorials

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Revitalizing the Ohio Valley Mall

Editorials

In the wake of numerous store closings, some positive changes are coming to the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville. One new addition to the retail site may seem like an odd fit at first glance. Rather than being a restaurant or a store, it is a health care center. The new Belmont County ...

Rough roads and other reasons to visit W.Va.

Columns

I went over the river and through the woods last week, but it had nothing to do with my grandmother. I traveled to Marshall County, West Virginia, on Wednesday to take a look at the road conditions there. In order to get to Moundsville to meet with Tom Hart, the county emergency management ...

Our resources are bigger than all of us

Columns

I have always heard, “To those much has been given, much is expected.” As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. We have personal freedom and economic opportunity. Very few countries in the world can say that. Even our poor are wealthy by global standards. We have fertile soil to ...

Find funds for repairs

Editorials

Groans and gripes about the condition of many area roads are heard frequently. But when a school bus driver worries aloud about them, it is time for someone to do something about the problem. It happened last week during a Martins Ferry City Council meeting. Councilman Bruce Shrodes, who ...

Oil and gas industry supports communities

Columns

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association represents all of those who are in active in today’s oil and gas industry from drilling and completing wells of every size and scope, to the various pipeline and processing projects to the hopefully many end users. We have heard and perhaps more importantly ...

Consider fire service

Editorials

A little more than a week ago, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who serve Belmont County gathered to honor many of their own. The annual Belmont County Fire & Squad Officers Association dinner is always an uplifting event, recognizing the heroism of the past year and the long, ...

Helping more people give a hoot about litter

Columns

The other night, a friend of mine made an unexpected stop in his way home from work. It was late, and he was driving up “the brick road” into Belmont -- the same road community members cleaned up just a few weeks ago. He stopped his vehicle and backed up because he had driven past a fast ...

New study confirms why companies should come here

Columns

John Chambers, former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems turned venture capitalist, said, “If you don’t innovate fast, disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, you’ll be left behind.” We have all seen this happen. Walmart disrupted small businesses on Main Street. Amazon ...

Board members for charities need to know legal responsibilities

Columns

Serving on the board of a charitable organization is a demanding and rewarding job. It is a vital function, as charities work to enhance the quality of life in our communities. But becoming a board member for a charitable organization means more than merely accepting an honorary title or ...

Valley turns out to celebrate women

Columns

March is Women’s History Month, an observance that dates to 1981 and aims to improve the understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, ...

Keep tax provision in budget

Editorials

It is high time more tax proceeds from natural gas and oil production are used to benefit the local area. State Rep. Jack Cera recently introduced an amendment to the state’s next transportation budget that would make that possible, and we believe lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Eastern Ohio!

Columns

The feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is observed around the globe as a celebration of Irish history, heritage and culture each March 17. And there certainly are plenty of area residents who have Irish heritage to celebrate today. I know lots of local people with names such as ...

Young people need our encouragement to be great

Columns

What year did these events take place: Alcatraz Prison is closed, Aretha Franklin releases “Laughing on the Outside,” Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, and Kellogg’s Froot Loops is introduced. Have you figured it out yet? Here are some more hints in the same year: Stevie Wonder ...

Keep tax debate clean

Editorials

Like many other states, Ohio has a semi-transparent system of funding highway and bridge maintenance and construction. The vast majority of state funding for the purpose comes from a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. More than a billion dollars a year is derived from that source. Gov. Mike ...