Opinion

Residents can act

Editorials

For several years now we have heard the same concern from city, county, township and village officials: Cuts to Local Government Funding are tying their hands. Local governments are mainly funded by the state’s General Fund from collection of personal income tax, sales tax and franchise ...

New tools, old fight

Editorials

Most people are eager to look at the cell phones when they hear an alert that a text message has arrived. That probably is not the case for Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland. McFarland, who does double duty by also serving as commander of the Belmont County Drug Task Force, told our ...

Investigate Tanks

Editorials

A concerned resident did the right thing Tuesday and approached Bridgeport Village Council about an abandoned property that she fears could be a danger to her neighborhood. Council members did the right thing, too - they listed to her concerns and discussed ways they could potentially address ...

Service honored

Editorials

Public school board members wear many hats, and they hold very important responsibilities. Board members do more than just attend monthly meetings. They must interpret school law, become experts at policy development and be good stewards of taxpayers’ money — all while providing for the ...

Monitor impact

Editorials

Concerns about the health and safety impacts of gas and oil drilling operations in our region took center stage during a community listening session in Monroe County on Saturday. Julie Weatherington-Rice, senior scientist at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, discussed the ...

Upgrades needed

Editorials

Most people don’t give much thought to infrastructure as they go about their daily routines. They turn on their faucets and water comes out; they get in their cars and drive to their destinations. Only when the water isn’t there or the road becomes blocked do they begin to realize the ...

Project merits funds

Editorials

We are fortunate to live in a region where residents and leaders all understand the importance of preserving our past. Evidence is all around us. We have museums dedicated to county history, life on the Ohio River and the Victorian era. We also have historic buildings, such as the Belmont ...

Fill spots quickly

Editorials

The new year has just begun and already two major Eastern Ohio retailers have announced plans to shutter their stores. Kmart at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville and Macy's at the Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville are closing their doors for good. Those shutdowns will be major blows to ...

A healthy new year

Editorials

January is a time for new beginnings — a month when many people resolve to change their habits and their lives for the better. Like other months throughout the year, January also marks several specific observances. January is known as: Cervical Health Awareness Month; March of Dimes Birth ...

Do a lot with a little

Editorials

It’s been said that a little bit goes a long way. That seems to be true in the case of the St. Clairsville Public Library, where Director Doug Walsh is making the most of a relatively small grant from Gulfport Energy. The gas drilling company provided $2,261 for the library to use to buy ...

Committee needed

Editorials

Purple City Mayor Robert Krajnyak is heading up an economic development effort in his community, and it is an effort local organizations and businesses should support. One of the goals Krajnyak touted when he was running for office was his plan to form a Business Advisory Committee. Now he is ...

Improving safety

Editorials

Monroe County is a safer place today than it was a few months ago, thanks to installation of a new 911 system. Phil Keevert and Jason Harter, system coordinators, told the Monroe County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the new Next Generation 911 system is up and running. The only ...

Continue Monitoring

Editorials

A few months ago, residents of one local village experienced a crisis — their water was not safe to drink. For weeks, the people of Scio could not consume water that came from their taps. They could not cook with it, either, and officials urged people to avoid bathing young children in ...

Happy Hanukkah

Editorials

For many people in Eastern Ohio, the religious observances of the holiday season have come and gone. That is not so for our Jewish friends and neighbors. The Jewish observance of Hanukkah began at sunset Saturday and continues until Sunday, Jan. 1. Known as the “Festival of Light,” it ...

Always there

Editorials

Author Stephen King once wrote, “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” First responders on the job Sunday understood that as they hoped for a peaceful Christmas. While most area residents were celebrating the holiday, a select few were ...

A reason to celebrate

Editorials

Christmas means many things to many people, but it began centuries ago among Christians as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. More than 2,000 years ago, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem. That child grew to manhood and became known as Emmanuel, the King of Kings and the Messiah. ...

Split: A nation, its people, are divided

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Once again I write a letter on behalf of our nation, people and children. Once again I ask that aged and timeless question, “Why can’t the people, the politicians, and the leaders of this world live in harmony?” Even now there are men and women out there reading this ...

Time to work on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure

Columns

With a historic election behind us, it’s time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and move forward on rebuilding America. Among the first issues Congress and President-elect Trump should address is our aging national infrastructure. Quick action is needed to rebuild and expand roads, bridges, ...

A tribute to the late John Glenn

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: As the sun arose that fine day I knew John Glenn would soon be on his way I saw the look in his kind face As he thought about his journey into space He was worried about his trip And what would happen to his fine ship He stood there looking at the Friendship ...

Modern technology can’t replace a real-life hug

Columns

By the end of this year’s holiday shopping season, the United States is likely to set another record of sorts, namely, that never in the history of the nation have so many people demonstrated ownership of so many mobile devices. It’s especially ironic because the nation has many of the tech ...