Opinion.

Building a brighter future

Editorials

This is a challenging time for the village of Bellaire. Residents of the community and the surrounding area recently received news of two major changes, and neither announcement was positive. First, word was released that St. John Central High School will close at the end of the current ...

Rough roads ahead: ODOT in funding crisis

Columns

Belmont County may be home to one of the last bridges to be built in the Buckeye State for the foreseeable future. That is because the Ohio Department of Transportation is experiencing a funding crisis. As a result, the new span across Interstate 70 near the Ohio Valley Mall that opened last ...

Get ‘out among them’ and build relationships

Columns

Years ago, my good friend, JB, gave me some advice that has served me well. We were both in sales for our company at the time. JB said, “Kozera, you always have to be out among them.” The message is twofold for all of us, whether you are in sales or a teenager trying to get a date. ...

The many heroes of black history

Columns

February is Black History Month. There are so many people, black and white, male and female, who could be considered heroes of Black History. I want to tell you about one of my heroes. How his life was flipped — turned upside down, and how he penetrated, influenced, and saturated the ...

Keeping costs down

Editorials

Government budgets at all levels seldom seem to be lower than in previous years. On the rare occasions when they are, they often are accompanied by predictions of doom and gloom. Except in Belmont County. There, county commissioners have approved a 2019 budget of $21.9 million — about 2.5 ...

Can-do attitudes carry local spellers to bee

Columns

In a couple of weeks, The Times Leader will host one of its biggest events of the year — the Belmont County Spelling Bee. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ohio University Eastern, the annual bee provides an opportunity for nearly 20 local middle school students to compete for the title of ...

Meeting a good start

Editorials

The village of Belmont needs help. Fortunately, Mayor Stan Sobel isn’t afraid to ask for it. Roads and streets in the small community are falling apart. The damage isn’t due to poor construction or standard wear and tear. Instead, it appears to be a result of heavy truck traffic ...

On the trail of Martin Luther King Jr.

Columns

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Keep working toward Medicare for All

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Big Pharmaceutical companies are at it again. Already this year, 60 pharmaceutical companies jumped prices of over 300 drugs, some by as much as four times the rate of inflation. And the worst part is, it’s perfectly legal. If a pharmaceutical company wants to inflate the ...

They didn’t know then what you know now

Columns

On trips and during our Shale Crescent USA presentations, we were surprised to find many people in Texas and other areas didn’t know the first ethane cracker was built in Clendenin, West Virginia, in the 1920s and started the modern petrochemical industry. Our region was in the ...

Idea worth considering

Editorials

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Act quickly on school slips

Editorials

School board members and administrators in the Martins Ferry City Schools District are dealing with a slippery situation, and they need to act sooner than later. It was revealed during a board meeting this week that portions of the hilltop campus are slipping away. It seems that soil in two ...

What’s next for Gov. John Kasich — and for Ohio?

Columns

Today is John Kasich’s last day as governor of Ohio. I wonder what he’s thinking about? At 66 years old, the term-limited Republican Kasich probably isn’t ready to retire. I have met the governor on several different occasions during his two terms in office, and I have the strong ...

National security — it just got personal!

Columns

Our grandson, Calen just finished U.S. Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He is now a U.S. Marine. Even though he took the oath and was in Basic Training starting in mid-October he was just a recruit. You are not a Marine until you can complete Basic Training. We ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

This is not JFK’s Democratic Party anymore

Columns

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history — and fewer white males. And a week ago, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman showed us what we may expect. As a rally ...

‘Green’ radicals face backlash over carbon tax

Columns

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers “low-carbon lifestyles.” The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits ...

Tirade against masculinity is politics, not science

Columns

This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. It has done it before — in 2013, it reclassified “gender identity disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, calling it “gender ...

Enforce large truck rules

Editorials

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once. One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting earlier this month, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during ...