Columns

There is help for domestic violence victims

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For some people, they wonder why we need to have such a month; others feel it is a very important time in which the spotlight is on the victims needing help with this issue and celebrating the survivors. I fit into the latter group — I ...

The tale of Mr. White — a sad story turned happy

This is the tale of Mr. White. Well, at least it is a story about my little friend’s journey so far. A few months ago, I mentioned in this column that my neighbor, Jess Lucas, had passed away. Jess was well known in the Belmont community and the surrounding area. Many knew him as “the ...

Saving the planet with natural gas

Last week I was the guest on the student run radio station at the University of Colorado. They wanted to know about energy in general and oil and natural gas in particular. They are very concerned with the environment because they live in it. The show was focused on rock climbing. They know ...

Seasons not the only thing changing

Autumn has officially arrived in Eastern Ohio, and the weather changed right on queue with a cloudy sky and cooler temperatures. I have noticed, though, that more than just the season is changing. It seems activity related to the natural gas and oil industry is picking up again. The first ...

Making the most of your talents, whatever they are

What talents do you have? Really think about that for a moment. Can you draw beautiful pictures? Are you able to write moving poetry or flowing prose? Maybe you can juggle or do complicated math problems in your head. Or, perhaps you have a special knack for calming little children or for ...

Addressing sexual discrimination and violence in schools

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and high schools, school districts, colleges and universities that receive any ...

Protecting ‘God’s temple’ from worry

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

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

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

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

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 ...

ENJOYING THE TASTES OF SUMMER AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

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

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 ...

Celebrating great fathers on their special day

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. ...

Say ‘thanks’ — Teacher deserve our appreciation

I believe I fell in love with learning in the first grade, thanks to Mrs. Bartlett. Janie Bartlett was born on the same day as my mother, and they were colleagues and friends. When I look back on what I remember as a 6-year-old, I recall thinking that Mrs. Bartlett was beautiful, kind and ...

Amazing generosity — another toy drive success

You've done it again, Eastern Ohio! One week ago today, we appealed to the public on page 2 of this newspaper, asking for donations to a toy drive to benefit the Martins Ferry Police Department. The effort was a part of our Business After Hours event, held in conjunction with the Martins ...

It’s hard to tell, but spring is here

Believe it or not, spring has arrived. Yes, the season officially arrived a couple of weeks ago, though you wouldn't know it by looking out your window or walking out your door. At this writing, the temperature in Belmont is just at the freezing mark. Snow and rain - or some combination of ...

The importance of a day off

When was the last time you really took a day off? My husband, Mike, and I both have jobs that sometimes demand we work odd hours. We often find our selves at work at 10 or 11 p.m. or on a weekend. For that reason, our days off are not always the traditional Saturday and Sunday. And when we ...

Getting the attention we deserve

It seems Eastern Ohio has been in the spotlight again in recent days, capturing the attention of politicians and industrial heavy-hitters. Last Monday, the Statehouse was buzzing with anticipation as Gov. John Kasich prepared to officially announce a "major international partner" for the ...

People helping people in Eastern Ohio

It may not always be easy to see, but people all around us are working to better our communities all the time. Sometimes, these people are elected officials, working in response to a public outcry or in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise. We expend a lot of energy being critical of these ...