Editorials

Apply for special funding

Local nonprofits should take advantage of a special opportunity to fund projects that attract people to our area. Continuing an annual tradition, the Belmont County Tourism is again offering its Grant Assistance Program. The program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations from Belmont ...

Repeat offenders very dangerous

Let us hope Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato is wrong about the 30-year-old woman he sentenced to a year in prison. Unfortunately, Fregiato may be correct in his assessment of people like her. On Tuesday, Fregiato ordered the woman spend the next year behind bars. He ...

Guard against the cold

Much of the nation — including all of the Buckeye State and our local region —is in the midst of a deep freeze, and there is no relief in sight for several days. That means that we all need to take extra precautions to guard against the dangerous cold. We also need to watch out for one ...

Protect against the flu

It’s that time of year again -- flu season, All across the nation -- and around the globe, for that matter -- there are widespread reports of a serious strain of influenza. Unfortunately, creators of this year’s vaccine against the illness seem to have missed the mark. Reports indicate ...

Cheer to a new year

Today is one of the most special days of the year. It is a time to look back on 2017 - the good and bad things that happened to each of us, as well as to our communities and the world. It is a time to reflect on accomplishments and on how quickly our kids have grown. It is also a time for ...

Keep shopping local

The hustle and bustle of holiday gift shopping is past, but some of the best sales of the season have just begun. Area residents should remember, though to support local businesses by shopping close to home, rather than just searching for cyber sales. Many of the same small stores and ...

Improve financial literacy

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, ...

Proper holiday cleanup

Christmas has come and gone, and there’s a good chance that many local families now have several bags of waste material to deal with. All of those gifts that were distributed came with paper and plastic packaging. They were also wrapped in brightly colored paper or placed in festive boxes or ...

Protect pets from cold

Winter has officially arrived, along with the type of harsh weather conditions we should expect this season. Already our local area has experienced nighttime temperatures in the teens this fall. Forecasts call for more of the same in the coming week. Predictions contain some rainy days and ...

Cera right about reform

Constantly advancing technology is an invitation to waste and corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much. Likewise, most people have some idea of what it takes to repave a road ...

Happy Hanukkah

While the majority of Eastern Ohio residents are preparing for Christmas, Jews here and around the world are celebrating Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the liberation of the Jews of ancient Israel ...

Theater fire serious

On Tuesday, local firefighters responded to an incident that could have had a tragic outcome. Cumberland Trail Fire District Lt. John Yemich said firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the AMC movie theater at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville at 10:16 a.m. that day. When they ...

Step down immediately

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for ...

U.N. fails in core mission

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past ...

Life-saving innovation

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our state certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Get in the giving spirit

'Tis the season for giving. Over the next few weeks, the vast majority of local residents will buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Many area Jewish residents will also exchange gifts as part of their Hanukkah celebrations, even though Hanukkah is not actually the “Jewish Chirstmas” ...

Shop closer to home

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, ...

…And they were thankful

Imagine crossing an ocean on a tiny, crowded wooden ship over the course of 66 days, only to land far away from your intended destination. Try to envision yourself battling exposure, scurvy and contagious disease for months while watching half of the people around you die. Fast forward a few ...

Safe holiday travels

America is about to hit the road to celebrate the coming holiday. According to estimates released by AAA, 45.5 million people will drive our highways between Wednesday and Sunday to reach their desired destinations for Thanksgiving. It is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel ...

Do right thing on roads

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did ...