Editorials

Demolition a success

Dilapidated properties are a problem for many local communities. Even those townships and municipalities that generally have high property values often include at least a few sites that have been neglected and allowed to decay. Such properties are not just eyesores —they can also be ...

Important link and lesson

Young people don’t know enough about our nation’s history, we adults sometimes worry. Especially, they do not understand the sacrifices made by those who serve us in uniform, we complain. Don’t mention that to fourth-graders at Bellaire Elementary School. They now understand what it ...

Amish buggies often are among the vehicles traveling local roadways, especially in more rural areas. Here, a buggy travels along Sandy Ridge Road outside Barnesville, near the scene of a crash involving another buggy.





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Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

Getting levies approved

By our count, voters in the four East Ohio counties were asked to approve 61 tax measures during the election Tuesday. Fifty-five were approved, usually by large margins. Voters rejected just six of the property tax proposals. Two of those, in the Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school ...

Expand broadband access

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Vote ‘no’ on Issue 1

Ballot issues often come disguised as something they are not. In addition to the official information that identifies them on the ballot, they come with names designed to play on our sympathies or to mislead us into believing they will fill a void that does not exist. That appears to be the ...

Get out and vote

Here we are again, rapidly approaching another Election Day. With President Donald Trump just nearing the end of his first year in the White House, there is no presidential race on the ballot. In Ohio, we won't elect a new governor until 2018. In fact, there are no high-profile state or ...

Improper use of funds

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. That much is obvious to nearly every taxpayer. But transparent foolishness simply should not be tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. ...

Celebrating another success

After getting off to a rough start, the officials at the helm of the village of Belmont have achieved some major successes. Despite the fact that all of the previous council members and the fiscal officer quit their jobs in 2016 when the longtime incumbent mayor was unseated, his successor, ...

Renew Steubenville levy

For more than half a century, Steubenville voters have engaged in an important kinds of voluntarism. Periodically during that period, they have been asked to approved 5-mill property tax levies to support municipal government. They have done so, every time. It is difficult to conceive of a ...

Use caution on tax plan

St. Clairsville Councilman John Tomlan proposed changes to the city income tax last week that likely will appeal to residents. He suggested lowering the current rate of 0.75 percent or even eliminating the tax. Tomlan, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 7, noted that the city recently took ...

Expanded service needed

You don’t hear a lot about municipal and county governments becoming involved in expansion of broadband internet service. That is because extending such access can cost really big bucks. Now, however, Belmont County commissioners are looking into what, if anything, they can do about areas ...

Support proposed plant

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...

Consider both sides of Issue 2 before vote

As early voting begins in Ohio, voters will see two state issues on their ballots. In this column, I will address the most confusing, most debated issue. Issue 2 — the Drug Price Relief Act — is a proposed law that would “require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs ...

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

Answering the call

At least one local school district is in need of help, and those who step up to provide it will benefit from the experience. Buckeye Local School District is experiencing a shortage of substitute employees this year. Those are the folks who step in to handle the duties of a regular employee ...

The beginning of OUE

In 1956, a college education was an unattainable dream for most people who lived in or around Belmont County. Attending a college or university at that time was an expensive prospect that required area students to live on a campus far away from home while completing their studies. Most local ...

Protecting free speech

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no for safety reasons. “White nationalist” is the current term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt allowing Spencer ...

Levies work for residents

Brookside residents have an important choice to make at the polls this election season. Village Council and the administration are seeking approval of a 1-mill tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot, hoping to generate the necessary funds to purchase a new dump truck for the village. The municipality ...

Don’t tolerate intimidation

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Bruzzese is a well-known outdoorsman, and he was armed as he approached the courthouse in Steubenville that ...