Opinion

Study could benefit area

Editorials

Several local school districts are participating in a study to determine if it is feasible for them to share services and facilities. It is an effort that could increase efficiency and save taxpayers money, if it is handled correctly. Ohio House Bill 5, which became law in September, allows ...

Work to promote city

Editorials

Business and government leaders in the Purple City are still working to move the community forward as it recovers from a massive downtown fire. Representatives of local churches, Belmont County agencies, stores, service providers and city government formed Project Forward, a Martins Ferry ...

Addiction help available

Editorials

A new and important service is available in Barnesville. Crossroads Counseling Services, Barnesville Hospital, Ohio Hills Health Services, Mental Health and Recovery Board, and Belmont Professional Associates recently opened Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio in the lower level of the ...

Nation’s eroding standards erode our civilization

Columns

President Trump is having a bad week within a string of bad weeks. David Graham at The Atlantic wonders aloud whether his presidency is “on the verge of collapse.” It’s distressing. More concerning still are the larger trends and what they portend for the country. Consider: Hillary ...

The federal government’s ever-expanding web

Columns

A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s ...

Today’s political showcase could be ‘Anger Games’

Columns

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to ...

You are wrong about my life

Columns

Dear Annie: I have read your advice column off and on for a while and am excited to see you have a Facebook page that you post things to. I’d like your advice, as I have in-laws who have sent me various columns of yours that feature letters from people whose situations they think mirror ...

Where does the weight go when you lose it

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: When you lose weight through diet and exercise, where does the weight go? — L.A.J. ANSWER: Weight gain and weight loss in the very short term can be related to body fluid, but I think you are really talking about people who have made a long-term loss of, say, 10 pounds. ...

Flight fulfillment

Columns

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about all the airlines, from a former airline employee. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I’ve worked as an airline flight attendant for two major airlines over an 11-year period. “We love our passengers, and we strive to make them happy and ...

Award is Deserved

Editorials

Efforts to provide local students with the knowledge and skills they will need to build bright futures were rewarded on Friday. Martins Ferry City School District was named the National Education Foundation's Science Technology Engineering and Math Academy of the Year. The district also ...

‘Baumol’s Disease’ a reality in workplace

Columns

Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, “Baumol’s disease.” It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more elusive as it becomes more urgent. And ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Columns

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

Daughter punishing parent for election vote

Columns

Dear Annie: We have a situation in our family, and it may be a problem in other families. Maybe you have an answer to help us all. I voted my conscience in the most recent presidential election, but I feel I am being punished by my daughter and her family, who didn’t agree with me. She ...

Approve House Bill 105

Editorials

The oil and natural gas industry has brought a wide variety of things to the local region. Many of those have been positive for individuals and communities. They include jobs, lease and royalty payments and grants made by companies that are operating here. But some negatives have come as ...

Sentence should fit crime

Editorials

On May 30, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge will impose a sentence on a woman who admitted to committing sex crimes. Former St. Clairsville teacher and head softball coach Rachel Duncan could spend more than 13 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of gross sexual ...

Motorcycle Safety

Editorials

According to the National Safety Council, "when spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere." That is why May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To remain safe on our highways, motorcyclists need to respect and learn about the machine they are driving and how ...

We’ve come to ‘Animal House’ governance

Columns

“But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why that I cannot tell,” said he, “But ‘twas a famous victory.” — Robert Southey “The Battle of Blenheim” (1798) Southey, a pacifist, wrote his anti-war poem long after the 1704 battle for which the ...

It’s past time we debunk the ‘pre-existing’ lie

Columns

If you’ve only followed coverage of the Republican health care bill loosely in the media, you might believe that House Republicans, after much effort, passed legislation to deny people with pre-existing conditions health insurance. The issue of pre-existing conditions has dominated the ...

Partner thinking of leaving after 36 years

Columns

Dear Annie: I have been living with my partner for 36 years. By all outside appearances, he is a very good man. And in many ways, he is. But in the important ways, he is not. Birthdays and special holidays are never acknowledged; he makes snide comments about my weight; he’s never been there ...

Creaks and cracks may be due to arthritis

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 83-year-old man in reasonably good health. About six months ago, I started hearing a cracking noise when I turned my head sideways or up and down. Sometimes it would happen every 15 seconds. No one can hear it but me, which is why I haven’t gone to my family doctor. I ...