Columns

A taste of the holidays with valuable volunteers

A week ago today I got my first real taste of the Christmas season. I do mean that literally -- I got to enjoy a fantastic meal, prepared especially for the Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department by Donna Steadman. Donna is the director of the Centerville Senior Center, where the VFD held ...

Take pride in our dialect and heritage

I read an interesting article last week about the Appalachian English dialect. I don't believe that Appalachian English is the dialect that I typically speak, but it certainly is a language that I know. Quite frankly, I don’t believe that most people who live in our portion of the Ohio ...

Make time to stop and be thankful

What are you thankful for this year? It may be difficult to think in those terms as you gaze out the window at the dark and dreary days of November. Most of the bright and colorful leaves have fallen from the trees, leaving stark, empty branches reaching toward a dull and colorless sky. A ...

The changing nature of Boy Scouts and being prepared

In case you missed it, the Boy Scouts of America announced last month that it will admit girls to its ranks beginning in 2018. Specifically, the organization that has served boys exclusively for more than a century plans to allow girls to join the Cub Scouts - a program designed for very ...

Consider both sides of Issue 2 before vote

As early voting begins in Ohio, voters will see two state issues on their ballots. In this column, I will address the most confusing, most debated issue. Issue 2 — the Drug Price Relief Act — is a proposed law that would “require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs ...

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

A ‘haunting’ sound rings through the hills

I heard a strange sound as I was walking home the other night. My husband and I were preparing to have some work done on our driveway the next morning, so I parked on my brother's nearby property and walked a little farther than usual. As I made my way down Cider Press Hill in Belmont, the ...

Sixty years of creating opportunities

I don’t believe I would be where I am today if Ohio University had not established a Belmont County campus 60 years ago. I had not been born when those first college-level classes were offered at Martins Ferry High School in 1957. My family had not yet moved to this part of the state, and I ...

Has President Trump lost faith in Congress?

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Creators Syndicate Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer, not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his ...

Broadband access is key to future economy

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. ...

Bellaire tradition ends

Fifty-four years is a long time to do any one thing, so it is little wonder that Clara Rigas was ready to retire from the restaurant business last week after more than five decades of running a staple of downtown Bellaire. During that lengthy span, the owner and her late husband, Mike, ...

New experiences to enjoy and share

It is rather gratifying to grow enough food to have plenty to share. I’ve always grown flowers and ornamental plants. I think my grandmother’s petunias inspired me, and my mom relied on me to help care for — and occasionally save — all of her flowers and house plants. Prior to the ...

Parents and teachers beware The Blue Whale

As the summer season closes, school bells are starting to ring. I wish all area schoolchildren a safe, happy and memorable school year. I can’t believe all of my grandchildren will now be in school. Time certainly flies! If you follow my column, you know I recently spent some time in ...

Enjoying a day of shopping at the mall

When was the last time you took a walk through the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville? I had the chance to do that on Friday. It was my husband’s birthday; Mike was in the market for some new shirts and ties for work, and I was happy to get those for him since I hadn’t taken time to ...

Mothball monuments to painful periods

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. That doesn’t change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against ...

White supremacists cannot take America back

The White Supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It’s true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of ...

Congress can fix unfair system of tax incentives

It’s no secret President Trump is working to create thousands more American energy jobs, reduce regulations on energy producers and restore parity to the tax code. Given these goals, it’s time for Congress to end the unfair practice of granting tax incentives favoring one energy sector over ...

What to do when there’s no compromising

Dear Annie: My husband and I are at an impasse. He wants to have a fourth child; I want to stick with three. We both have equally valid reasoning for our cases, and we acknowledge each other’s points. Neither of us is budging. Whenever we have had disagreements in the past, we have found ways ...

Gallstone after gallbladder surgery puzzles

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with Gilbert syndrome after I had a blockage of my common bile duct and became jaundiced. This was three months after I had my gallbladder removed (via an open surgery). How was it possible for me to develop a stone after the surgery? Was the Gilbert syndrome ...

Number of complaints

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about poorly marked locations: “Dear Heloise: It is maddening to drive along looking for a business and you can’t find the address numbers. It should be required to have the numbers large enough to see from the road. Not everyone who wants to use ...