Opinion.

Resolve Dispute in Bellaire

Editorials

It appears trouble may be brewing in Bellaire, and action should be taken now to avoid more problems later. Village Council members seem to be at odds with the mayor over who gets to be the boss. The fact is, however, that the people of the community should be in charge. The mayor and council ...

Protecting ‘God’s temple’ from worry

Columns

Nerves of one kind or another control literally every part of your body. Every function of your entire body is under control of the nervous system. Every organ, tissue, cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to every part of the body. Nerves make possible all ...

Start of school signals end of summer

Columns

I don’t want to accept that summer is winding down, but with children all across Eastern Ohio headed back to school this week it is undeniable. Sure, temperatures and humidity will remain high for a few more weeks. IN fact, students who attend classes in older buildings without air ...

Importance of focusing on your strengths

Columns

We have all heard that we should determine our strengths and weaknesses. Some people might tell you to focus on your weaknesses and try to fix them. The crowd that I run with says just the opposite. As a leader work on your strengths to make them stronger. Find someone whose strengths are your ...

Rural Ohioans deserve political reform

Columns

In many ways, the greatest strength of Appalachian Ohio has also been our greatest cross to bear. Our beautiful rolling hills are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, which have formed our economic and cultural identity. Over the past 150 years, we have seen our ore quarried, our ...

Cursive handwriting not a lost skill, should still be taught

Columns

Every time we sign our name -- on a restaurant bill or on a check -- it can be easy to take for granted the skill that allows us to apply this unique stamp of approval. In today’s fast-paced world of technological advancement, the skill of cursive handwriting has been slowly removed from our ...

Letters to the Editor – Ninja Warrior

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’ve been watching American Ninja Warrior from my lair on the sofa. Soft drink in hand and a bowl of chips handy, I’m inspired by the athletic prowess of these beautiful people. As most Americans, I’ve let myself go, falling prey to a fast food lifestyle and poor diet like ...

Letters to the Editor – A few quotes

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to share a few quotes with you. First one from Theodore Roosevelt: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” The second one is from Marcus Cicero: “A ...

Letters to the Editor – Stephen Miller

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Where does Stephen Miller — someone no one has ever heard of — get off on setting American immigration policies that are morally reprehensible and harm millions of human beings? Miller is a former Breibart News hack that is now an assistant in Trump’s White House in charge ...

‘Fake news’ rhetoric harmful

Editorials

While President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, he promised he would “make America great again.” His rhetoric regarding the news media, however, is actually harming our country and undermining some of the principles upon which it was founded. Early in his presidency, Trump began a ...

Take action on overcrowding

Editorials

Belmont County leaders are in a familiar — but difficult —position. Once again, it has become apparent that the county’s jail facility is not large enough to accomodate all the people who engage in criminal actvity here. The sheriff and the county commissioners all know the problem ...

PROTECTING FIRST RESPONDERS

Editorials

When the people who keep the rest of us safe begin to feel threatened, it is time to take action. That is exactly what two local fire departments have done, providing bulletproof vests for members to use is specific situations. The Brookside Fire Department recently purchased six bulletproof ...

ENJOYING THE TASTES OF SUMMER AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Columns

I finally got a real taste of summer this past week - it came in the form of the first homegrown tomato picked from my garden. I generally am not one to eat tomatoes. I don't ask for tomato slices on sandwiches; in fact, when they come as part of my order I often pick them off of my food ...

Patience And Tenacity Work Hand In Hand

Columns

This spring I learned a couple of things that taught even this older lady a lesson or two. Last summer I remember knocking down a bird's nest from the corner of our house. I did not notice it being built, but I did notice the bird droppings on our siding. The bird had built its nest between ...

Help to battle addiction

Editorials

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Persistence pays off

Editorials

Nearly a generation has gone by since local residents began pushing hard for construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking southern Brooke and Jefferson counties, as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pointed out Tuesday. "I don't know how you stood it for 18 years," he remarked. But the ...

A way to share space

Editorials

As Belmont County officials work toward relocating in a new county-owned space, they must ensure not only that the new facility saves taxpayers money but also that it meets the needs of the public. Members of the Belmont County Board of Elections discussed the matter Monday, revealing some of ...

A pleasant, but potentially dangerous, pastime

Editorials

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to swim. Many of my earliest memories involve experiences in swimming pools of one type or another. I remember the blue plastic wading pools my mother would set up for me in the little plot of grass next to our front porch. She would sit and watch ...

Buyers must beware when purchasing property

Editorials

By ANDREW SMITH Partner — Rolfes Henry Co. LPA Buying a home is a dream and a milestone for many American individuals and families. It is also one of the biggest financial and legal transactions in many people’s lives. June is National Homeownership Month and a good opportunity for ...

Celebrating great fathers on their special day

Columns

It seemed like winter would never end, then all of a sudden it was summer — or it appeared like it to me. I don’t know what happened to spring, but I am not complaining! I love the warm temperatures, the flowers blooming, the songs of birds in the morning and the green grass and trees. ...