Columns

Many memories to be made in Ohio

I took a trip across a long stretch of Ohio on Thursday, and it reminded me what an interesting state we live in. I made the drive with my brother, Larry Compston, to attend the funeral of our uncle, Jerry Compston. Jerry lived and worked most of his adult life in the community of Upper ...

The Green ‘New’ Deal is not new

We are in Florida this week with our youngest son, Gregory, and his family of four children. Our course we went to Walt Disney World. At the Magic Kingdom one of the attractions is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This attraction was originally at the New York City World’s Fair in 1964. ...

Ohio’s license reinstatement fee amnesty initiative

Often, a major barrier to employment is the lack of a driver’s license. And for individuals with a limited income and money owed on reinstatement fees to the BMV, it can be nearly impossible to have a valid driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, individuals are forced to ...

Showing love and patience can cast of fear

It is said that Christopher Columbus kept two records of the distances traveled on his first voyage to the New World in the Santa Maria. One was true, he thought, but he deliberately faked the other. Ironically, the fake log turned out to be the more accurate of the two. To alleviate his ...

Rough roads and other reasons to visit W.Va.

I went over the river and through the woods last week, but it had nothing to do with my grandmother. I traveled to Marshall County, West Virginia, on Wednesday to take a look at the road conditions there. In order to get to Moundsville to meet with Tom Hart, the county emergency management ...

Our resources are bigger than all of us

I have always heard, “To those much has been given, much is expected.” As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. We have personal freedom and economic opportunity. Very few countries in the world can say that. Even our poor are wealthy by global standards. We have fertile soil to ...

Oil and gas industry supports communities

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association represents all of those who are in active in today’s oil and gas industry from drilling and completing wells of every size and scope, to the various pipeline and processing projects to the hopefully many end users. We have heard and perhaps more importantly ...

Helping more people give a hoot about litter

The other night, a friend of mine made an unexpected stop in his way home from work. It was late, and he was driving up “the brick road” into Belmont -- the same road community members cleaned up just a few weeks ago. He stopped his vehicle and backed up because he had driven past a fast ...

New study confirms why companies should come here

John Chambers, former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems turned venture capitalist, said, “If you don’t innovate fast, disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, you’ll be left behind.” We have all seen this happen. Walmart disrupted small businesses on Main Street. Amazon ...

Board members for charities need to know legal responsibilities

Serving on the board of a charitable organization is a demanding and rewarding job. It is a vital function, as charities work to enhance the quality of life in our communities. But becoming a board member for a charitable organization means more than merely accepting an honorary title or ...

Valley turns out to celebrate women

March is Women’s History Month, an observance that dates to 1981 and aims to improve the understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Eastern Ohio!

The feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is observed around the globe as a celebration of Irish history, heritage and culture each March 17. And there certainly are plenty of area residents who have Irish heritage to celebrate today. I know lots of local people with names such as ...

Young people need our encouragement to be great

What year did these events take place: Alcatraz Prison is closed, Aretha Franklin releases “Laughing on the Outside,” Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, and Kellogg’s Froot Loops is introduced. Have you figured it out yet? Here are some more hints in the same year: Stevie Wonder ...

Taking pride and action in our communities

I helped to improve my community on Saturday — and you can do that, too. In this space on Feb. 24, I wrote about how disappointed I was to see the large amount of litter that was revealed when the winter snow and ice began to melt away. I cited “the brick road” — aka Goshen Township ...

Honoring those who deserve it in March

Well, I am anxiously awaiting the season of spring. The groundhog predicted an early arrival this year — it can’t come soon enough for me. Spring is my favorite time of year. I remember as a youngster, one of my teachers used to say that March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a ...

An engineer’s perspective on fossil fuels

For over two years I have been writing this column as a representative of the Shale Crescent USA organization. Today I write it as an individual and a registered professional engineer. Talking to people across the country I try to help people, particularly outside of our region, understand ...

Rough roads ahead: ODOT in funding crisis

Belmont County may be home to one of the last bridges to be built in the Buckeye State for the foreseeable future. That is because the Ohio Department of Transportation is experiencing a funding crisis. As a result, the new span across Interstate 70 near the Ohio Valley Mall that opened last ...

Get ‘out among them’ and build relationships

Years ago, my good friend, JB, gave me some advice that has served me well. We were both in sales for our company at the time. JB said, “Kozera, you always have to be out among them.” The message is twofold for all of us, whether you are in sales or a teenager trying to get a date. ...

The many heroes of black history

February is Black History Month. There are so many people, black and white, male and female, who could be considered heroes of Black History. I want to tell you about one of my heroes. How his life was flipped — turned upside down, and how he penetrated, influenced, and saturated the ...

Can-do attitudes carry local spellers to bee

In a couple of weeks, The Times Leader will host one of its biggest events of the year — the Belmont County Spelling Bee. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ohio University Eastern, the annual bee provides an opportunity for nearly 20 local middle school students to compete for the title of ...