Editorials

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 ...

Alleged tire slasher arrested

BELLAIRE — Bellaire police arrested a man they believe slashed more than 30 tires in the village — including those on Disabled American Veterans transportation vans last fall. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan said officers arrested John L. Roskovich, 21, of 4204 Harrison ...

Keep program solvent

It is a fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days. But many Buckeye State ...

Congratulations spellers

Congratulations to Linh Le, the 2018 Belmont County Spelling Bee champion. Le, an eighth-grader at St. Clairsville Middle School and the daughter of Katy and Quam Le, outlasted 17 other local students to capture the title on Thursday. In the end, she spelled two consecutive words — sinister ...

Real community service

“Community service” sentences for perpetrators of relatively minor crimes have been around for years. As prosecutors and judges try to cope with overcrowded jails and prisons, they seem to be popping up frequently. But what do those handed such sentences do? In Steubenville, they ...

Funding the drug fight

Drug pushers seldom have to worry about funding their operations. Because they often are dealing with people addicted to opioids, their product sells itself. It is a different story with law enforcement agencies out to break the grip illegal drugs have on so many in Eastern Ohio and the ...

Improving efficiency

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must ...

Evaluate water system

Any questions about whether Steubenville officials need to take a comprehensive look at the city’s water system have been answered during the past several days. Shipments of bottled water into the municipality, use of mobile water tanks downtown and temporary closures of some businesses ...

Consider cost savings

Bellaire officials simply cannot afford to be paying $8,000 a year to rent a computer that is virtually useless. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan is right to suggest that it be eliminated. Flanagan’s other idea, to do away with parking meters altogether, may require ...

Screening available

January brings many things to our part of the nation. We’ve all been experiencing frigid temperatures combined with the snowy, icy conditions that can make life more complicated than usual. But January also is a time for raising awareness of an illness that can have a life-altering impact ...

New approach needed

Americans have many worries on their minds, ranging from concerns about nuclear war with North Korea to terrorist attacks to allegations of sexual misconduct and political strife within our own borders. One of the most pressing issues for our nation - and our local region - is the ongoing ...

Local man deemed hero

The death of a young man always is sad. But when it involves someone who gave his life because he was doing a good deed for strangers, the loss is especially great. Michael Donnelly, a 38-year-old graduate of Steubenville High School, had moved to the Dallas, Texas, area. On Sunday night, ...

Ensure roads are clear

Worn-out dump trucks can be patched up and pushed only so long before they break down beyond repair. During most of the year, that is not a serious challenge for local and state highway agencies. But during the winter months, lack of a few trucks normally available to treat snow- and ...

Alumni a good resource

Young people often wonder when they will ever use some of the lessons they learn in school. They may believe completing their assignments and exploring fields they aren't all that interested in is a waste of time. For those reasons, educators are always seeking ways to demonstrate to students ...