Opinion

Reconsider plan

Editorials

Community leaders are working together to revitalize downtown Martins Ferry in the wake of an October fire that destroyed several businesses. The community spirit driving those efforts is great for the city, but we believe the plan organizers have put forward is flawed. Since the fire ...

Appreciate all you have at home

Columns

There’s no place quite like home sweet home. If you doubt that at all, just ask Rhonda Carkhuff. She and her family recently spent about five months waiting to come home. There was one main obstacle to their plans, though —their house no longer existed. Rhonda was at their 200 E. Main ...

Hopefully plan will keep reservoirs safe

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, At the Barnesville Village Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, congratulations were shared between Village Council and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency representative Steve Saines about the completion of Barnesville’s Source Water Protection Plan. As a member of Concerned ...

Contact Congress about concerns

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, When Senate Republicans confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney as Trump’s budget director they aimed a big gun at Social Security — despite Trump’s campaign promise to never cut it. Mulvaney is co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, the most extreme element of the Tea Party. He ...

Senators should co-sponsor bill

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has come under scrutiny of President Trump’s administration. DACA provides work authorization and a temporary halt on the deportation of illegal immigrants that arrived in the United States as children if they meet certain ...

Consumers to pay for Trump’s wall

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Donald Trump continues to insist on building a wall along the 1,954-mile border with Mexico. He has repeatedly said that Mexico will pay for the wall. He has since learned otherwise. His latest plan calls for a 20 percent tax on imports coming from Mexico. In my world, the ...

Obama’s rats are destroying nation

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, There was a TV movie made several years ago by Steven King called “The Stand.” It was a apocalyptic film based on the end of the world with a battle brewing between the evil “walking dude” and mother “Abigale” who represented good. I remember a line she repeated ...

Cheers & Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS to the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District for spending $60,000 to construct new restrooms and a concession stand for its softball facility. Not only will it benefit those attending games, but school officials expect it to be used by other community members as well. CHEERS to ...

Observe Year-Round

Editorials

February is Black History Month — a time to recognize and celebrate achievements of African-Americans and their contributions to our society. The roots of the observance date to 1915, when Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and ...

Providing Health Care

Editorials

Health insurance through Medicare and/or Medicaid can be godsends for people unable to pay the bills without help. But merely being enrolled in the programs is no guarantee of actually getting the care one needs. Since November 2015, that has been a concern of some Monroe County residents. ...

Enjoy local parks

Editorials

We often hear local residents complaining that there is nothing to do around here. That is simply not the case. So, perhaps with spring on the way, it is time to take a look around our region to gain a fresh perspective on all it has to offer. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is ...

Road work returning

Editorials

As spring approaches, so does the season of orange barrels. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Monday that work will begin soon on a bridge replacement project in St. Clairsville. Work is also slated to get underway this spring on a bridge that will cross Interstate 70 to ...

Schools face changes

Editorials

Big changes are occurring in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District. Ohio’s largest school district in terms of geography, Switzerland constantly faces unique challenges. The system primarily serves residents of Monroe County, though it does have some reach into neighboring Belmont ...

Making a new friend and exploring an old building

Columns

I have a new BFF. Her name is Josephine Hodaffer, but everybody calls her Josie. She is a little timid (a lot, actually). She is also affectionate and loyal, energetic and curious. She’s easy to talk to, and having her around seems to reduce my stress even though she is somewhat high ...

In the end, we all need love

Columns

When I was growing up there was a famous song that came out which words were something like this: What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some but for ...

A helping hand

Editorials

A group of caring individuals known for helping others in our region has done it again. Members of VFW Post 626 in Bellaire, headed by Martins Ferry resident Terry Wildman, do a lot for the people of Eastern Ohio. One of their favorite causes is education, and they work to support young ...

Demolition warranted

Editorials

One of the most important duties of our public officials is protecting the people they serve. That is why Shadyside Mayor Robert Newhart and village council members are taking concerns about some dilapidated properties so seriously. They are exploring options for tearing down the building at ...

Seek swift solution

Editorials

Village officials in Belmont are no strangers to dealing with adversity. That is why we are confident they will work hard to find a way to overcome the latest obstacle to their plans. At the beginning of 2016, there was just one village official — newly elected Mayor Stan Sobel. The ...

Increasing efficiency

Editorials

Efficiency is important. That is especially true when it comes to entities that are funded with taxpayers’ money. So, we believe it is great news that the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District is making strides toward energy efficiency. The Bridgeport Board of Education heard some ...

Matters of the heart

Editorials

Today is Valentine’s Day — a day that is all about matters of the heart. That makes it a good time to think about heart health. February is American Heart Month, an observance launched in 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared it a time to focus on cardiovascular health. More than ...