Columns

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 ...

First flavors of the season have arrived

The English poet Alfred Austin once said: “To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” Austin was a product of a different place and time. Born in 1835 in England, it is likely that he was referring to a formal garden filled with fragrant flowers. Such gardens are ...

The six months after the ‘Declaration’

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, were very brave. Many of their neighbors were among the British Loyalists who did not see the necessity of declaring their independence from the United Kingdom. Content with the status quo, they felt protected by the ...

Country roads, take me … around work zones

It seems that everywhere we go these days, road work is underway. Slope repairs and culvert and bridge replacements are occurring on Ohio 7 in Jefferson County, resurfacing is happening near New Alexandria and a resurfacing project is about to begin in Harrison County on Ohio 342 and Ohio ...

Is is time to juice the pace of baseball?

From Little League on up, players emulate major leaguers, so Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play problem is trickling down. Four innings into a recent College World Series game here, just seven hits and three runs had consumed 96 minutes. During a coach’s visit to the pitcher’s mound, ...

Puberty suppression and female genital mutiliation

Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit-area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

A neighbor’s casual touching

Dear Annie: I have a problem with my neighbor that I don’t know how to handle. We have been neighbors for three or four years. “Mr. Yates” has a seriously ill wife who is homebound. He does everything for her, in addition to doing all the work on the property. He has been helpful to ...

Miracle fruit bringing back taste

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column regarding the woman with Parkinson’s disease experiencing a loss of taste, I was wondering if you have read about the Miracle Fruit. It’s an African berry known for enhancing flavor experience, and cancer patients reportedly have experienced an ability to ...

Is this a recording?

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF concerns recorded messages that may lead you to believe you’re actually talking to a real person. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: There seems to be something new going around. It’s a recorded message that sounds friendly, and there are pauses in the ...

Off The Tee: Belmont Hills Scotch Twosome winners announced

The Belmont Hills Country Club held its Scotch Twosome event last weekend. The duo of John Pokas and Phil Pata Jr. won the first flight with a round of 66. They were a stroke better than Larry Landtiser and Gary Young. In the second flight, Rennie Minor and Dave Diosi won with a 65. Brian ...