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Safe holiday travels

Editorials

America is about to hit the road to celebrate the coming holiday. According to estimates released by AAA, 45.5 million people will drive our highways between Wednesday and Sunday to reach their desired destinations for Thanksgiving. It is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel ...

Make time to stop and be thankful

Columns

What are you thankful for this year? It may be difficult to think in those terms as you gaze out the window at the dark and dreary days of November. Most of the bright and colorful leaves have fallen from the trees, leaving stark, empty branches reaching toward a dull and colorless sky. A ...

Do right thing on roads

Editorials

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did ...

Demolition a success

Editorials

Dilapidated properties are a problem for many local communities. Even those townships and municipalities that generally have high property values often include at least a few sites that have been neglected and allowed to decay. Such properties are not just eyesores —they can also be ...

Important link and lesson

Editorials

Young people don’t know enough about our nation’s history, we adults sometimes worry. Especially, they do not understand the sacrifices made by those who serve us in uniform, we complain. Don’t mention that to fourth-graders at Bellaire Elementary School. They now understand what it ...

Amish buggies often are among the vehicles traveling local roadways, especially in more rural areas. Here, a buggy travels along Sandy Ridge Road outside Barnesville, near the scene of a crash involving another buggy.





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Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

Editorials

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

Getting levies approved

Editorials

By our count, voters in the four East Ohio counties were asked to approve 61 tax measures during the election Tuesday. Fifty-five were approved, usually by large margins. Voters rejected just six of the property tax proposals. Two of those, in the Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school ...

Expand broadband access

Editorials

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Vote ‘no’ on Issue 1

Editorials

Ballot issues often come disguised as something they are not. In addition to the official information that identifies them on the ballot, they come with names designed to play on our sympathies or to mislead us into believing they will fill a void that does not exist. That appears to be the ...

Get out and vote

Editorials

Here we are again, rapidly approaching another Election Day. With President Donald Trump just nearing the end of his first year in the White House, there is no presidential race on the ballot. In Ohio, we won't elect a new governor until 2018. In fact, there are no high-profile state or ...

The changing nature of Boy Scouts and being prepared

Columns

In case you missed it, the Boy Scouts of America announced last month that it will admit girls to its ranks beginning in 2018. Specifically, the organization that has served boys exclusively for more than a century plans to allow girls to join the Cub Scouts - a program designed for very ...

Improper use of funds

Editorials

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. That much is obvious to nearly every taxpayer. But transparent foolishness simply should not be tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. ...

Celebrating another success

Editorials

After getting off to a rough start, the officials at the helm of the village of Belmont have achieved some major successes. Despite the fact that all of the previous council members and the fiscal officer quit their jobs in 2016 when the longtime incumbent mayor was unseated, his successor, ...

Renew Steubenville levy

Editorials

For more than half a century, Steubenville voters have engaged in an important kinds of voluntarism. Periodically during that period, they have been asked to approved 5-mill property tax levies to support municipal government. They have done so, every time. It is difficult to conceive of a ...

Consider both sides of Issue 2 before vote

Columns

As early voting begins in Ohio, voters will see two state issues on their ballots. In this column, I will address the most confusing, most debated issue. Issue 2 — the Drug Price Relief Act — is a proposed law that would “require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs ...

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Columns

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

Use caution on tax plan

Editorials

St. Clairsville Councilman John Tomlan proposed changes to the city income tax last week that likely will appeal to residents. He suggested lowering the current rate of 0.75 percent or even eliminating the tax. Tomlan, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 7, noted that the city recently took ...

A ‘haunting’ sound rings through the hills

Columns

I heard a strange sound as I was walking home the other night. My husband and I were preparing to have some work done on our driveway the next morning, so I parked on my brother's nearby property and walked a little farther than usual. As I made my way down Cider Press Hill in Belmont, the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Support St. C. pubic library levy Dear Editor: As a homeowner in the district served by the St. Clairsville Public Library, I am writing to urge people to vote FOR the upcoming half-mil levy for operations of our wonderful library. I am a former trustee of the library, and my wife and I ...

Expanded service needed

Editorials

You don’t hear a lot about municipal and county governments becoming involved in expansion of broadband internet service. That is because extending such access can cost really big bucks. Now, however, Belmont County commissioners are looking into what, if anything, they can do about areas ...