Editorials

Use troops for demolition

Several communities in the Ohio Valley could use up their entire annual budgets on a single project — demolishing dilapidated buildings — if they did not have other spending priorities. But critical services must be maintained, so many of the junk structures remain standing. Several ...

An emerging threat

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in the local region, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, ...

Cheers & Jeers

CHEERS to Ohio Valley Mall and Levin Furniture officials for reaching an agreement that will bring the retailer back to the St. Clairsville mall. The new tenant will fill the building on the mall’s perimeter that was vacated by hhgregg when it declared bankruptcy and closed all of its ...

Remember taxpayers

It seems as if every time we turn around we are being asked to pay more for something. At least one local school district seeks additional funding from taxpayers in nearly every primary and general election. Some even hold special elections due to the urgent need for money to cover some ...

Cheers & Jeers

CHEERS to Senior Services of Belmont County for providing meals to some 900 homes throughout the county. Many elderly and disabled residents rely on the agency for their daily nutrition, so it is a critical service for our region. CHEERS to the St. Clairsville American Legion baseball team for ...

A ‘fair’ chance for fun

Fair season has officially arrived in Eastern Ohio. The Harrison County Fair is underway this week and will continue through Saturday evening at 550 Grant St. in Cadiz. The fair will host a “double feature” at 7 p.m. today with the mud bog and Ohio Mud Rod Pullers events both taking place ...

Emergency status justified

Monroe County officials are taking steps to ensure important roadways remain safe and serviceable in the wake of severe weather. County Engineer Amy Zwick spoke to commissioners last week, seeking action that would make it possible for the county to receive state and federal funds for slip ...

Safe holiday travel

Summer is a season that calls many people to travel or spend time outdoors. Whether local residents are heading to a local lake or to the hardware store to pick up supplies for an outdoor project, many people are traveling on our local roadways every day. That will be especially true over ...

Judge must protect public

Despite the fact that numerous friends and family members of a man accused of murder testified on his behalf Tuesday, a judge refused to reduce his bond so that he could await trial outside of a jail cell. Based on the information revealed by the criminal investigation and in court, that was ...

Accountability for schools

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are showing up for class, so to speak. ...

New effort against drugs

When faced with the disheartening figures that tell the story of our nation’s opioid crisis, many people throw up their hands and say, “What can we do about it?” That is not the case with a group of local residents who plan to make a difference in young people’s lives while doing ...

Promoting positivity

Elementary and high school students need all sorts of support. That is why we are pleased to see a new strategic planning committee forming with that goal in mind. Team BLUE — which stands for Team Buckeye Local Uniting Everyone — is a new organization that formed in the wake of a recent ...

Financial crisis averted

Monroe County residents received some good news this week, when they learned that financing for the new jail there is on track to be secured ahead of a Sept. 10 deadline. Earlier this month, county commissioners had talked with a financial adviser who was concerned that provisions had not ...

Daily dangers for military

Americans' admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. ...

Efforts finally pay off

Volunteer firefighters and medical personnel are critical to life in Eastern Ohio, and we are fortunate that some of these individuals are willing to devote even more time and energy to ensure local first responders have the equipment they need to help us when we call them. It is common ...

Scandal still unresolved

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Approve property use

A company that is drilling for natural gas and oil in our region wants to use some city-owned property in St. Clairsville, and it appears the proposal will benefit the entire community in the long run. City council held a special meeting Tuesday to hear a proposal from Gulfport Energy. That ...

Better schools needed

If you are a public school official, it can be difficult to know where to begin in terms of improving education these days. Demands come from all quarters. Local boards of education may not want the same thing as state officials. With a new president and federal secretary of education in ...

Scrap amendment plan

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking? Or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how the ...

Reform is overdue

History ought to teach politicians that what goes around, comes around, at least when gerrymandering is involved. It is a lesson they never seem to absorb. Gerrymandering is the process of setting legislative district boundaries to favor certain political parties or candidates. The map of ...