Editorials

Slow down, save lives

The annual spring crop of orange barrels has sprouted, and it is growing all around our region. Each year, motorists dread the beginning of construction season - even though they have complained for weeks about the deteriorating condition of the roads. Construction zones mean detours and ...

Celebrate your library

This week is a special one that helps us recognize one of the most important resources any community can have. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is marking its 60th anniversary and is typically observed during the second week of April each year. It is sponsored by the American ...

Good use for funds

Last week, some organizations that help ensure local residents receive the care they need got a little help of their own. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners approved one-year contracts with 21 emergency medical service providers, most of which are volunteer fire departments. It is an ...

Building public trust

With headlines about international espionage, alleged infidelity, phone scams and threats of violence dominating the news these days, Americans must be asking themselves this question: "Who can we trust?" While the answer to that question is far from simple, one way to help solve the dilemma ...

School clinic a good idea

In many public schools, the only option for teachers when a student complains of not feeling well is to call parents or guardians and send the youngster home. Jefferson County Health Department officials want to change that. During their meeting last week, Buckeye Local Board of Education ...

Let people grade tests

Just because something is possible does not mean it is a good idea. But companies developing artificial intelligence programs have made a great deal possible, and too many government entities are failing to ask whether the ideas are good. Approximately 75 percent of state testing for Ohio ...

Talk to kids about threats

It’s time for parents in the Ohio Valley — and across the nation — to have a serious talk with their children. No, we aren’t referring to that dreaded conversation about the birds and the bees. And we aren’t talking about going over the basics, such as “look both ways before you ...

New park a plus for Ohio

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in Eastern Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new ...

Investigate and mitigate

For about three weeks, an untold amount of methane leaked from an XTO Energy well pad near Powhatan Point. On Wednesday, the company and Belmont County officials announced the good news that the well had been plugged. Area residents who had been unable to occupy their homes and others in the ...

Making a difference

It seems we Americans are dissatisfied with our representation in Washington, D.C., and our chance to do something about it is quickly approaching. A new study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Barbara with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Ensure public funds are secure

Someone violated the trust of Harrison County's taxpayers last year. In September, Janel McGowan-Banks, a former probation officer for the county, pleaded guilty to theft in office and tampering with records. Information released by Auditor of State Dave Yost states that his office ...

Enforce existing laws

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? Would it be the same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? How about the FBI that cleared ...

Take threats seriously

Tension was high in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District on Monday. Do you have to ask why? Yes, someone, perhaps a student, made a threat involving a gun. Though the school complex remained open, the law enforcement presence there was supplemented with additional officers ...

Ensure change is positive

The makeup of the St. Clairsville Police Department is changing, and the city administration should make every effort to ensure those changes increase safety and benefit residents. During the council meeting Tuesday, it was announced that Meghan Shaw has been hired as an administrative ...

Thank first responders

Everywhere across America, there are people who are on alert, ready to respond when the rest of us call for help. Last week, some of these people in Florida were called upon to treat and comfort children who had been wounded in a mass shooting at a high school. One of them found and arrested ...

Raining cats and dogs

Mother Nature isn't kidding around this week. Let's take her seriously. The entire local area is expected to receive a lot of additional rainfall during the next couple of days. In some areas, that rain could arrive at a rapid pace, increasing the possibility of flash flooding. Dealing with ...

Schools must follow rules

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor summed up the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s argument against state officials in one sentence on Tuesday. “How is that not absurd?” she asked an ECOT attorney. For years, ECOT got away with a scheme that would have resulted in ...

Seeking opioid answers

Ohio officials had the right idea in developing a global technology challenge for ideas to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead of relying on investigations and arrests to stem the flow of illegal opioids or counting on the same old strategies — that do not seem to be working — to treat ...

Police officer a hero

One week ago today, Randall Lyons faced a choice: Venture out onto the surface of a frozen pond or wait for more help to arrive before attempting to save a child who had fallen into the frigid water. Lyons did not hesitate. The Columbus police officer quickly tied a rope around his waist ...

Land bank projects critical

Eastern Ohio is a naturally beautiful region with rolling hills, wandering streams, abundant wildlife and a lush, green landscape throughout much of the year. It also is home to beautiful, historic structures and elaborate new homes. Unfortunately, dilapidated buildings mar that landscape in ...