Editorials

Addiction help available

A new and important service is available in Barnesville. Crossroads Counseling Services, Barnesville Hospital, Ohio Hills Health Services, Mental Health and Recovery Board, and Belmont Professional Associates recently opened Addiction Services of Eastern Ohio in the lower level of the ...

Award is Deserved

Efforts to provide local students with the knowledge and skills they will need to build bright futures were rewarded on Friday. Martins Ferry City School District was named the National Education Foundation's Science Technology Engineering and Math Academy of the Year. The district also ...

Approve House Bill 105

The oil and natural gas industry has brought a wide variety of things to the local region. Many of those have been positive for individuals and communities. They include jobs, lease and royalty payments and grants made by companies that are operating here. But some negatives have come as ...

Sentence should fit crime

On May 30, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge will impose a sentence on a woman who admitted to committing sex crimes. Former St. Clairsville teacher and head softball coach Rachel Duncan could spend more than 13 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine counts of gross sexual ...

Motorcycle Safety

According to the National Safety Council, "when spring is in the air, motorcycles are everywhere." That is why May has been designated National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. To remain safe on our highways, motorcyclists need to respect and learn about the machine they are driving and how ...

A wise use of funds

A contribution to the Belmont County Major Crimes Unit could not have come at a better time. On Wednesday, the Belmont County Board of Commissioners presented a check for $50,000 to the unit, which includes the Belmont County Drug Task Force as well as representatives of all county law ...

Use care with new plan

Ohio legislators should listen to Auditor Dave Yost, who has shared concerns about a plan that would divert 3,400 nonviolent, fifth-degree felons from state prisons and into county jails and treatment programs over two years. Yost acknowledges the plan would save the state money and could ...

Congrats, Inductees!

On Sunday, four people were added to the ranks of those deemed significant to the history and development of Martins Ferry. All were honored posthumously with their induction into the Martins Ferry Hall of Fame. That institution dates back to 2007, when former mayor Leslie A. Douglas sought a ...

Spending Cuts Vital

Buckeye Local School District officials apparently did not make a good enough case that taxpayers should give them more money. Last week, voters by a 1,315-1,177 margin rejected a request for a new property tax levy. That leaves the district with no viable options but to begin tightening the ...

A disordered mind is a danger to all people

It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about Donald Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric ...

Some of Obama’s critics have their own conflicts

Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left. “Distasteful,” Bernie Sanders called it. Elizabeth Warren is “troubled,” citing concern about “the influence of money” ...

Voting records haunt Wisconsin GOP candidates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two potential Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin have voting records that could call into question their conservative credentials and hurt them in a potentially crowded GOP primary. Kevin Nicholson and Nicole Schneider are among several possible ...

Get moving in May

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month and the perfect time to get up and get in shape for the coming summer season. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for children ...

Nuisance businesses

Steubenville officials have been trying for years to shut down Club 106, which they have said serves as a center for troublemakers and has engaged in illegal activity itself. Finally, they have succeeded. Last week, action in Jefferson County Common Pleas and Steubenville Municipal courts ...

Handling repeat offenders

How is it possible that the state of Ohio allowed a man with 14 convictions for driving under the influence to get behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again? Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato apparently wonders about that, too. Last week, Timothy J. Jones, 53, of Columbus, ...

Get out and vote today

Today is a day when important decisions will be made in parts of Eastern Ohio. This is Election Day, and a few local communities and school districts have levies on the ballot. In Powhatan Point, residents are being asked to support a 5-mill tax levy that would generate funds for the ...

Obamas Take ‘Cashing In’ to New Heights

The headline in the March 5, 1929 edition of the Chicago Tribune read, “Plain Citizen Coolidge Shuts Desk and Quietly Goes Home.” Calvin Coolidge would write a newspaper column from Northampton, Mass., for which he presumably was paid a pittance, but other than that he refused to exploit ...

Battle Between Countryside, Elitists Continuing

Capital vs. countryside — that’s the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions — labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant — among voters. This ...

Many in Health Care Leery of Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON — “Obamacare” is showing surprising staying power, thanks in large part to doctors, hospitals and other health industry players opposing the alternatives that Republicans have proposed. The stories and perspectives they bring to the debate are grounded in the local ...

Approve dog ordinance

St. Clairsville City Council members are due to hear the final reading of an ordinance designed to protect the public from vicious dogs today. While members have received some criticism for their plan, they were reminded last week why they should pursue the matter. Dayton, Ohio, police ...