Columns

Magazine questions on publishing story

Dear Annie: I’m a writer and photographer for a regional magazine. In my town, there’s a local celebrity whom I think has gotten a big career on not-so-big talent. He gets press coverage everywhere for almost everything he does — except in my little corner of culture writing. I have not ...

Is there really a difference between organic and conventional produce?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you think there’s much benefit to buying organic foods, now that my husband and I are in our 60s? I’ll gladly purchase organic fruits and veggies when we host our children and grandchildren, and our garden is chemical-free, but I can’t imagine that the added expense ...

Theme park planning

Dear Readers: With summer winding down, it may be time for a quick day-trip to a THEME PARK before school starts up. Here are some money-saving hints: * Jump on the park’s website, or search the supermarkets or fast-food restaurants close by, for discount coupons and deals. * Time ...

U.S. policy on Middle East is senseless

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and ...

Investment Plan Could Secure Retirement Benefits

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

The U.S. in the (Not So) Wild Blue Yonder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The ...

Remembering the high cost of Apollo 1 tests

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously took “one small step for a man” and “one giant leap for mankind.” He and Buzz Aldrin stepped into the history books that day as the living embodiment of an amazing technological achievement. We’ll hear a lot more about that trip in the ...

Why would you want Vladimir Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more ...

Making America’s plans for future wars

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after ...

Success not an option for some on health care

If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. The path of the just-killed Senate bill had plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made ...

Impeaching Trump would be unwise move for leftists

1. Dear Media: Despite your hysterical obsession with impeaching President Donald Trump, most voters don’t care about Russia. They don’t care, because they know you don’t really care. If government integrity truly mattered to you, then you’d have been upset about the Obama ...

Crews cleaning up in Belmont County

I’ve seen something happening in recent weeks that brings a smile to my face. Crews have been spending time on the sides of roadways around Belmont County picking up litter. While I hate the fact that all of that trash has been strewn about in the first place, I am glad that someone is ...

Media aiding Trump foes via leaked info

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with Russians to hack the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the ...

Our tax code has become a ‘rotting carcass’

Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, ...

Swamp’s being drained, and serpents are surfacing

If you want to read what official Washington thinks, you need only pick up a copy of the Washington Post. It’s filled with doomsday articles about President Donald Trump’s administration. The latest discusses how several of his Cabinet secretaries are at odds with their permanent staffs. ...

Divulging mental illness in new relationship

Dear Annie: It’s no secret that there is a stigma when it comes to mental health in today’s society. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for several years now, and I’m fortunate to have it “under control,” so to speak, thanks to therapy and medication. I like to ...

Possible causes of post-surgery cough

DEAR DR. ROACH: A year ago, I had cardiac bypass surgery. Everything went great: I had no pain. In a sense, it didn’t even feel like any surgery took place, except for the incision and drainage tubes, which were a good physical reminder. About a day or two after getting home, I started ...

Recycling request

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about recycling: “Dear Heloise: We all live on one planet with dwindling resources and a growing population. So why don’t more people recycle as much as they can? I would encourage folks who think it’s too much trouble to recycle to reconsider. Got ...

Yet another Jamboree is in the books

Another Jamboree In The Hills comes to a close today, marking the midway point of summer in the Ohio Valley. This year, I am covering the show from start to finish, and I’ve seen all the old familiar sights — fields full of campers, shirtless men and bikini-clad women, people buying more ...

Turning a new chapter, the pastor takes a wife

I am told that over the last several years that every July, I wrote about love. Personally, I never noticed it, but I do believe it to be true. So why break the trend now! Over the last 12 years, I have been a single parent, after being blessed to be married for the previous 30 years. After ...