Editorials

Act quickly on steel

The federal government launched an investigation last week that could help to revitalize the steel industry in the local region. President Donald Trump directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expedite a look into whether steel imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Trump said ...

Job fair a needed service

Each year for more than a decade, public and private entities have joined together to give area residents a chance to find a job. We believe this is a worthwhile public service and one that should continue in the future. The 11th annual Belmont County Job Fair was held Wednesday at the Ohio ...

Facility a plus for miners

There was good news for the future of coal mining in our region on Wednesday. That news did not involve increased demand for the fuel, nor did it have anything to do with pricing or regulations. Instead, it came in the form of a ribbon-cutting for a facility that will help keep mine workers ...

Keep work zones safe

Spring is in the air, and all sorts of greens and flowers are popping up — along with a fresh new crop of orange barrels. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced this week that several road repair projects are underway or set to begin soon in Eastern Ohio. That is good news for ...

Reduce overdose deaths

Complaints from a small group of Ohioans who say they are chronic pain sufferers and will be negatively affected by the state’s new rules to restrict prescription painkillers should be dismissed by Gov. John Kasich and others in Columbus who understand why such rules are absolutely ...

Let’s take a look at House Freedom Caucus

With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from ...

It’s time for America to seize clean energy future

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, America had almost no paved roads outside the cities. One of the early owners’ biggest headaches was tires punctured by horseshoe nails left on the road. “Forget about this car thing,” Ford’s detractors might have said. “We don’t ...

Trump’s policy changes concerning to some

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s wrong with being flexible? All presidents change their minds. He’s only human. President Donald Trump’s voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point. “He thinks too fast and then makes decisions too fast,” says Miriam Naranjo in Miami Lakes, ...

Volunteers needed

The people who care for an old farmhouse in Glen Dale need some help, and they would like to get residents from all parts of the Ohio Valley involved. Situated along W.Va. 2 just across from John Marshall High School is the former home of Sam Cockayne. He died in 2001, but the house he ...

Youth violence crisis

Most people probably would find it difficult to imagine themselves opening fire with a gun on three high school-age boys. But someone did at about 11 p.m. Sunday in Steubenville. One of the boys, 15-year-old Tyshawn Jett of Steubenville, was killed. A 16-year-old, also from Steubenville, and ...

Increasing accessibility

Martins Ferry City Council is working to remove obstacles to public participation. The primary obstacle is a set of stairs in the historic municipal building. Council’s chamber is located on the second floor of the structure, which does not have an elevator. The city is not required to ...

America at beginning of the Great War

One hundred years ago, two events three days apart set the 20th century’s trajectory. On April 9, 1917, in Zurich, Vladimir Lenin boarded a train. Germany expedited its passage en route to Saint Petersburg — known as Leningrad from 1924 to 1991 — expecting him to exacerbate Russia’s ...

Parks fulfilling promise

Belmont County’s industrial parks are booming, and that is a good sign for the local economy. From Barnesville to Martins Ferry and Bellaire, and some rural areas in between, plots of land have been set aside over the years by thoughtful community and business leaders to accommodate future ...

Dems’ push to stop Gorsuch part of long battle

The Democrats’ failed drive to defeat Neil Gorsuch is the latest battle in a 50-year war for control of the Supreme Court — a war that began with a conspiracy against Richard Nixon by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Abe Fortas and Lyndon Johnson. By June 1968, Nixon, having swept his ...

The growing Trumpism crisis is a real problem

Trumpism is in crisis. This isn’t a function of poll numbers, or any melodrama of the past months, but something more fundamental: No officeholder in Washington seems to understand President Donald Trump’s populism or have a cogent theory of how to effect it in practice, including the ...

A look at the men running for Illinois governor

CHICAGO (AP) — A billionaire businessman’s announcement that he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018 means there will be at least three candidates in the race who have enormous personal wealth. Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Thursday jumped into the contest to try to unseat Illinois’ ...

Pool a plus

We are pleased to see the Purple City preparing to make the summer months a fun time for local children and families. City crews were spotted this week, working to repair a main waterline that feeds the pool. Built in the 1930s, the line has broken more than once, but according to Martins ...

Water plan has merit

A state lawmaker from the local area is working to ensure Ohioans have access to something we all need — safe, clean water. Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, introduced a plan to leverage $1 billion from the Budget Stabilization Fund, or “Rainy Day Fund,” to help communities update water ...

Walk to better health

Today seems like a great day to take a walk. The weather is expected to be just right for some outdoor spring activity. Forecasters predicted a high in the upper 60s with sun and some clouds. But the weather isn’t the only reason to get out and get moving. Today is actually National ...

Welcome overdue

A group of about two dozen men stood in front of the Belmont County Courthouse on a rainy day last week, receiving some long overdue recognition. Each of those men played a role of one type or another in the Vietnam War. Some of them served on the front lines in the Vietnamese jungle. Others ...