Editorials

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Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them.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 ...

Honor well deserved

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana was the first to observe that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That is a philosophy one local man took to heart so completely that he has dedicated the past few years of his life to ensuring we don’t forget the ...

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, ...