Columns

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 ...

On the trail of Martin Luther King Jr.

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

They didn’t know then what you know now

On trips and during our Shale Crescent USA presentations, we were surprised to find many people in Texas and other areas didn’t know the first ethane cracker was built in Clendenin, West Virginia, in the 1920s and started the modern petrochemical industry. Our region was in the ...

What’s next for Gov. John Kasich — and for Ohio?

Today is John Kasich’s last day as governor of Ohio. I wonder what he’s thinking about? At 66 years old, the term-limited Republican Kasich probably isn’t ready to retire. I have met the governor on several different occasions during his two terms in office, and I have the strong ...

National security — it just got personal!

Our grandson, Calen just finished U.S. Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He is now a U.S. Marine. Even though he took the oath and was in Basic Training starting in mid-October he was just a recruit. You are not a Marine until you can complete Basic Training. We ...

This is not JFK’s Democratic Party anymore

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history — and fewer white males. And a week ago, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman showed us what we may expect. As a rally ...

‘Green’ radicals face backlash over carbon tax

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers “low-carbon lifestyles.” The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits ...