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Editorials

Harsh penalty merited

An East Liverpool school bus driver arrested Saturday on a drunk driving charge faces more severe penalties than if he had been in his private car, we are pleased to report. Still, legislators in both our states ought to consider even harsher penalties for similar offenses. On Saturday ...

Keep judges nonpartisan

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a ...

Success celebrated

The smallest River Pilots in school at Hannibal have achieved something big — they earned recognition from the Ohio Department of Education. River Elementary School recently received a School Performance Award from the ODE. The honor was awarded for progress made during the 2018-19 school ...

Keeping kids safe

Thank heaven she will be all right. That is the appropriate and no doubt widely shared reaction to an accident Monday in which a 10-year-old girl was struck by a car after she got off a school bus. Second in some minds will be the question of how this could have happened in our area. It ...

Seek jail solution

We know that criminal activity comes with a high cost, but for one local community, it is literally costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of extra dollars. For years, Belmont County has been forced to house jail inmates at facilities outside the county. That is because the jail - ...

New plan a plus

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, frequently in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and ...

A growing problem

It appears there’s a growing problem in the United States that will prove costly in terms of both health and money. That problem is obesity. A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that more than half of all American adults will be obese by 2030. Because it is ...

Grant fire hydrant funds

The most effective, courageous firefighters in the world can do little to save property — and lives — without water. In municipalities, that requires that all fire hydrants must be kept in good repair. At least 14 of them in the village of Woodsfield need to be replaced. Municipal ...

Safeguards necessary

Virtually any time efforts are made to ensure elections are honest and fair, critics claim voters are being “disenfranchised.” But should everyone attempting to vote be permitted to do so? Of course not. Cannot Democrats, Republicans and independents agree that there have to be some ...

Plan to participate in Census

For many years, our region has struggled to keep its young people from leaving to seek higher-paying jobs and a better quality of life in other parts of the country. That exodus has been reflected in the annual population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. It recently came to ...

Weighing the risks

Some school officials in our area are considering joining the significant number of others throughout the United States who have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service workers can protect students in the event of an ...

Development outlook good

Sometimes, we in the Ohio Valley find ourselves understanding children in the back seats of our cars demanding to know, “Are we there yet?” For years, we have been on the road toward construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. We are not there yet. Last week, on ...

Real reasons for gratitude

Today is a day that is all about gratitude. Gratitude — the state of being thankful — can be transformative. It can change an ordinary day into a day of thanksgiving. It can make mundane tasks more meaningful. It can transform entire lives. So, as we observe our many Thanksgiving ...

Small acts, big difference

Small actions - and even small people - can make a big difference in the world. A group of local children demonstrated that earlier this month, collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items in behalf of people they may never meet. At Hills Elementary School, students conducted ...

New plan for drug users

A bill being promoted by Ohio state Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is meant to both reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers, though it is not necessarily being touted as a means to help those in the grip of addiction recover their ...

Stay ahead of the curve

When former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel initiated a program that allowed the state to collect some tax payments via Bitcoin, he touted it a means to help the Buckeye State become a leader in embracing new technologies. And it was exciting to think about Ohio as being ahead of the curve in ...

Consider adjusting test

It’s a well-known adage that “good help is hard to find.” We have heard that from employers of all types in the local area. In a couple of cases, businesses have even cited insufficient staffing as a reason for closing. Many of those seeking new employees complain that candidates ...

Slow down in work zones

Traffic delays are inevitable these days. All around the Ohio Valley, road crews are scrambling to make repairs. In some cases, they are rushing to complete jobs before cold, wintry weather conditions make progress impossible. In other areas, workers are just getting started on endeavors that ...

A good example to follow

The Purple City should be proud of its politicians. We Americans know all too well just how ugly political contests can get. At the national level, we have long endured a great deal of mudslinging, name-calling, finger-pointing and empty promises. Such behavior has sometimes filtered down ...

Real world testing

Ever watch a commercial for a vehicle with lots of semi-autonomous features (cameras and lasers to detect lane lines, automatic braking ... that kind of thing), and think to yourself, “Well, that’s great in a city, but how would those cars work out here?” It seems as though any system ...