Editorials

U.N. fails in core mission

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past ...

Life-saving innovation

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our state certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Get in the giving spirit

'Tis the season for giving. Over the next few weeks, the vast majority of local residents will buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Many area Jewish residents will also exchange gifts as part of their Hanukkah celebrations, even though Hanukkah is not actually the “Jewish Chirstmas” ...

Shop closer to home

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, ...

…And they were thankful

Imagine crossing an ocean on a tiny, crowded wooden ship over the course of 66 days, only to land far away from your intended destination. Try to envision yourself battling exposure, scurvy and contagious disease for months while watching half of the people around you die. Fast forward a few ...

Safe holiday travels

America is about to hit the road to celebrate the coming holiday. According to estimates released by AAA, 45.5 million people will drive our highways between Wednesday and Sunday to reach their desired destinations for Thanksgiving. It is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel ...

Do right thing on roads

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did ...

Demolition a success

Dilapidated properties are a problem for many local communities. Even those townships and municipalities that generally have high property values often include at least a few sites that have been neglected and allowed to decay. Such properties are not just eyesores —they can also be ...

Important link and lesson

Young people don’t know enough about our nation’s history, we adults sometimes worry. Especially, they do not understand the sacrifices made by those who serve us in uniform, we complain. Don’t mention that to fourth-graders at Bellaire Elementary School. They now understand what it ...

Amish buggies often are among the vehicles traveling local roadways, especially in more rural areas. Here, a buggy travels along Sandy Ridge Road outside Barnesville, near the scene of a crash involving another buggy.





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Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

Getting levies approved

By our count, voters in the four East Ohio counties were asked to approve 61 tax measures during the election Tuesday. Fifty-five were approved, usually by large margins. Voters rejected just six of the property tax proposals. Two of those, in the Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school ...

Expand broadband access

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Vote ‘no’ on Issue 1

Ballot issues often come disguised as something they are not. In addition to the official information that identifies them on the ballot, they come with names designed to play on our sympathies or to mislead us into believing they will fill a void that does not exist. That appears to be the ...

Get out and vote

Here we are again, rapidly approaching another Election Day. With President Donald Trump just nearing the end of his first year in the White House, there is no presidential race on the ballot. In Ohio, we won't elect a new governor until 2018. In fact, there are no high-profile state or ...

Improper use of funds

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. That much is obvious to nearly every taxpayer. But transparent foolishness simply should not be tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. ...

Celebrating another success

After getting off to a rough start, the officials at the helm of the village of Belmont have achieved some major successes. Despite the fact that all of the previous council members and the fiscal officer quit their jobs in 2016 when the longtime incumbent mayor was unseated, his successor, ...

Renew Steubenville levy

For more than half a century, Steubenville voters have engaged in an important kinds of voluntarism. Periodically during that period, they have been asked to approved 5-mill property tax levies to support municipal government. They have done so, every time. It is difficult to conceive of a ...

Use caution on tax plan

St. Clairsville Councilman John Tomlan proposed changes to the city income tax last week that likely will appeal to residents. He suggested lowering the current rate of 0.75 percent or even eliminating the tax. Tomlan, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 7, noted that the city recently took ...

Expanded service needed

You don’t hear a lot about municipal and county governments becoming involved in expansion of broadband internet service. That is because extending such access can cost really big bucks. Now, however, Belmont County commissioners are looking into what, if anything, they can do about areas ...

Support proposed plant

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...