Letters to the Editor

Wings and Things Fest was a success

Dear Editor, Grace Church in Martins Ferry would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming support of their first Wings and Things Festival in the Park on Sept. 3. Since it was such a success, it has been scheduled again for 2017 and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2. The ...

Before degrading flag look at issues

Dear Editor, While waiting on a pier in a foreign country for the liberty launch to give me a ride I would see the U.S. flag flying from the ship anchored in the distance, which always gave me a feeling of hometown security. Demonstrating disrespect to our national flag is definitely acting ...

Gentile works for his constituents

Dear Editor, As the former mayor of St. Clairsville for more than two decades, I understand local government. In the election for state senate, there is only one person who has the same deep understanding of the needs of our cities, towns and villages, and that person is Lou Gentile. I had ...

Seat may be sold to highest bidder

Dear Editor, We all wave the flag and listen to patriotic speeches on the Fourth of July while pretending to be good citizens who do our civic duty. We are also the first to complain when some politician does something that we don’t like even though we were totally disinterested when the ...

Gentile is advocate for Ohio’s veterans

Dear Editor, I am a veteran of the Korean War and spent years working as a coal miner. This November in the election for state senate, I am voting for and strongly support Lou Gentile. I attended a veterans’ roundtable with Sen. Gentile in Bellaire last month. I learned that he has ...

Bellaire football opener showed heart

Dear Editor, Even though we were a few points short of a win, Bellaire’s opener at Nelson Field felt like a victory. It felt like Bellaire. There was no drama, no showboats, no distractions, just a sideline full of kids that were eager to play the game, and a homegrown coaching staff ...

Prosperity lost under Gentile, Dems

Dear Editor, My wife and I moved to Ohio in 1983. In that time I seen this community go from a thriving industrial area with industries like coal, steel, and aluminum in full operation. Slowly under the predominately Democratic leadership these industries have virtually died. As a result ...

Clinton, Dems have dragged U.S. down

Dear Editor, Where has the love and respect for America and human life gone? After eight years of Obama, Clinton and the Democratic Party with all the corruption, lies and cover-ups, America has gone to hell. With all the email scandals and the mishandling of our classified documents, why ...

Car clubs join for fundraiser

Dear Editor, As many of you know, 14 Ohio Valley car clubs recently joined forces for a car cruise at Quaker Steak & Lube at the Highlands. Thanks to all of you who attended, with or without classic vehicles, it was a major success. We raised over $14,000 with every penny going ...

Elect J.P. Dutton as commissioner

To the Editor, As a Belmont County concerned citizen, I have been an observer of our county government for many years. During that time,  I have witnessed a great advancement in the quality of people elected. I believe that J.P. Dutton would be the best candidate to lead Belmont County as we ...

Presidential forum was a disaster

Dear Editor, Did you watch the Commander in Chief Forum? It was a disaster, and not just because of Matt Lauer’s refusal to press Donald Trump on outright lies, like Trump’s previous and consistent support for the Iraq War. But what was really scary was Donald Trump’s vision for the ...

Trump’s gun talk ignores Congress

Dear Editor, Let’s look at what makes guns so attractive. Those who own military-type weapons have probably never fired them at someone who would return fire on them. The only way to take the glamour away is for those who were in combat, and saw the carnage these weapons inflict, to talk ...

Put God above all when at the polls

Dear Editor, What brings you to church? Is it the love of God? The fear of God? Or do you just come to impress your friends? Do you listen to what God has asked you to do? Do you thank Jesus for dying for you? He loved you enough to die and go prepare a place for all of you to come to ...

Change in campaign questionable

Dear Editor, Does it not appear that Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump may now be becoming more frustrated and perhaps more desperate as a result of his quite discouraging poll numbers, which has led to another change in his campaign hierarchy with approximately only two ...

Honor Guard donates $1,000

Dear Editor, The Belmont County Veterans Association Honor Guard recently made a donation to The Fisher House in the amount of $1,000. The check included $500 graciously donated to the BCVA by the Barnesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2792 Men’s Auxiliary and $100 raised by Holly ...

Yorksville group says thank you

Dear Editor, It’s not every day that a community turns 100 and celebrates a Centennial! On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, the village of Yorkville held its Centennial Celebration. Many residents and former residents participated in the day-long event that began with a parade through town, led ...

Gentile’s proposals won’t help veterans

Dear Editor, State Sen. Lou Gentile, in a recent speech to veterans, announced two proposed bills that he believes will benefit Ohio’s veterans. In doing so, he showed exactly how out of touch with veterans’ needs he actually is. First he proposed giving a tax credit to businesses that ...

Comeback needed in the 95th District

Dear Editor: My name is John Karas, and I’d like to inform my local friends and neighbors, and even those in surrounding counties in the 95th District, that the present representative is telling people we need to make a comeback. He is exactly right. We need to make a “comeback” from ...

Gulfport, Stingray help local children

Dear Editor: All children deserve a safe world — one free of violence! Harmony House, as a Children’s Advocacy Center, works to reduce the effects of abuse on all children, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and the community by serving as a community ...

Recently letter was not accurate

Dear Editor: The recent letter to the editor concerning the “hippie revolution” contained a wealth of misinformation. In the 1960s, young people who actively participated in the movement comprised a small (3-5 percent, according to most estimates) segment of the population. Some did go on ...