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A rose tutorial

Dear Readers: VALENTINE’S DAY will soon be here. Roses are a popular gift, but do you know how to purchase roses, and what to look for? Here are some hints: * Neighborhood flower shops, online florists, grocery stores and large discount retailers are all good sources for fresh ...

Even good news about the economy is bad

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.” In his essay ...

Trump’s advantage on the issue of immigration Advantage

I noted that President Trump won the shutdown because he instinctively understood the strategic situation far better than Senate Democrats, establishment Republicans, and his other beltway critics. He knew he had a stronger position than the Democrats and used that understanding to his ...

A dose of modesty is needed in our grasp of the truth

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect ...

The colors — and issues — of the season

There was a bright flash of blue to my right, then a moment later a shiny black blur to my left. I was just leaving Belmont via John Street — known to most village residents as “the brick road” — when these movements and colors caught my attention early last week. Everything else ...

Seek real peace as we honor Martin Luther King

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Making Martin Luther King day more meaningful

Fifty years ago, a single bullet altered the course of a movement that was changing America for the better. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis when a sniper's bullet struck him in the neck. King was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he ...

The west bank of the Ohio River home to state’s first counties

Until the year 1788, the western border of the United States ended where Pennsylvania and Virginia met the Ohio River. Although settlement west of the Ohio was prohibited before then Martins Ferry had already been settled as a western expansion of Wheeling Virginia by 1779. When Congress ...

Looking forward to all that 2018 holds

What are you looking forward to in 2018? As the years come and go, it can be difficult to manage expectations. Sometimes we want something so badly that it can be hard to plan realistic ways to achieve that goal. Other times it can seem as if one year simply runs into another, with very ...

Celebrating the holiday season in many ways

I am having quite the festive holiday season! I had the opportunity to attend another Christmas party last week. Except for the fact that both events featured some magical entertainment, the gathering was quite different from the Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department affair, but it was ...

Full transparency on chemical disclosure

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there is an out of state group creating confusion about Ohio’s chemical disclosure process as it specifically relates to oil and gas development. It is unfortunate that some will try to use fear, uncertainty and doubt to cause panic about an ...

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 ...