Editorials

Help to battle addiction

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Persistence pays off

Nearly a generation has gone by since local residents began pushing hard for construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking southern Brooke and Jefferson counties, as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pointed out Tuesday. "I don't know how you stood it for 18 years," he remarked. But the ...

A way to share space

As Belmont County officials work toward relocating in a new county-owned space, they must ensure not only that the new facility saves taxpayers money but also that it meets the needs of the public. Members of the Belmont County Board of Elections discussed the matter Monday, revealing some of ...

A pleasant, but potentially dangerous, pastime

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to swim. Many of my earliest memories involve experiences in swimming pools of one type or another. I remember the blue plastic wading pools my mother would set up for me in the little plot of grass next to our front porch. She would sit and watch ...

Buyers must beware when purchasing property

By ANDREW SMITH Partner — Rolfes Henry Co. LPA Buying a home is a dream and a milestone for many American individuals and families. It is also one of the biggest financial and legal transactions in many people’s lives. June is National Homeownership Month and a good opportunity for ...

Stop illegal dumping

“Drop the broken-down couch” and “Step out of the tire-filled dump truck and put your hands up” are not lines we hear on television crime shows. Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or ...

Get out and vote

Tuesday is Election Day in Eastern Ohio, and residents of our region have some important decisions to make. The primary election provides an opportunity for each political party to nominate its candidates for office in the general election, which happens on Nov. 6. This year in Ohio voters ...

Recognition Deserved

Benjamin Franklin said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Members of one local organization believe that to be true, and they are working with area law enforcement, the judicial system and our schools to stem the problem of drug abuse. During the Belmont County Bar ...

Approve measure quickly

Congress is considering a measure that makes a lot of sense and has the potential to bring great benefits to our local region. U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, recently invited Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent Jeff Greenley to speak before Congress. Greenlee told the ...

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 ...