Opinion.

Cruz wants to scrap IRS, but that’s easier said than done

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans' most conservative voters. It's also unlikely to ever happen, no matter how easy folks such as Sen. Ted Cruz like to make it sound.The ...

Buckeye Relay

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,On behalf of the Buckeye Relay for Life Fundraising Committee, I would like to thank everyone who supported the sixth annual Relay 4 Life Spring 5K Run/Walk.The event was held on Saturday, March 22, South Elementary School, Tiltonsville.Thank you to race sponsors: Briar Ridge Auto, ...

Patriotic Project

Editorials

SEWING THE seeds of patriotism.Quilts of Valor is doing just by paying tribute to those who served in our military in a special way. Quilts of Valor is a nationwide grassroots organization that came into existence in 2003. The group's goal is giving away hand-sewn patriotic quilts in gratitude ...

Clinton: US needs solutions to income inequality

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Approaching a likely presidential campaign announcement next month, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that income inequality and wage stagnation are problems that go hand-in-hand and the nation needs creative solutions to bolster job opportunities and living conditions in the ...

Cruz targets conservatives in bid for White House

Columns

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him.His aspirational ...

The Great Race

Editorials

CALLING ALL drivers.Such may be the words of the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials are again setting the wheels into motion for the 22nd Annual Soap Box Derby.It will be held on Hanover Street on Sunday, June 14.The Great Race, as it has been rightfully dubbed, is receiving a ...

On anniversary of health care law, no end to debate

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives.The White House ceremony on March 23, 2010, was an ...

As governor, Bush aggressively used executive power

Columns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jeb Bush ended Florida's affirmative action programs in 1999 with a flourish, issuing an executive order that he said would "transcend the tired debate" about racial preferences.Some lawmakers grumbled about the first-year governor making such a move without consulting ...

Training Police

Editorials

THESE ARE challenging times for law enforcement personnel at all levels.Here in the Ohio Valley, for instance, drugs continue to be a major problem.On the national scene, shootings involving police officers have escalated to epidemic proportions.Such a disturbing spike in crime places a greater ...

Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders faces new discord

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable and near-historic congressional majority doesn't necessarily mean they can govern.House Republican leaders confronted that truth again this week when fiscal ...

Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders faces new discord

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable and near-historic congressional majority doesn't necessarily mean they can govern.House Republican leaders confronted that truth again this week when fiscal ...

Trump says his business experience would play well in government

Columns

AMHERST, N.H. (AP) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump, a day after announcing he'll form a presidential exploratory committee, told activists on Thursday his business experience makes him the best candidate to reform Washington."We need people in Washington that know how to make a deal," said ...

Walker pairs common-man pitch with GOP checklist

Columns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - As he chases the nation's highest office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is selling himself as the ultimate common man: a church-going, leaf-raking, football-watching, penny-pinching, Harley-riding preacher's son turned union-busting governor.Walker wants Republicans in early ...

Providing students with additional options

Columns

Recently, my oldest son, Jonathan was given an opportunity to visit Mexico City, Mexico with his college organization.Upon his return he replayed some of the experiences that occurred during his visit and told us about some observations and facts he learned. One of the things he joked with us ...

Cleaning up after Bellaire drug users

Columns

THE BELLAIRE Citizens' Action Group is doing its part in cleaning up the All-American Town. The BCAG has taken on that ambitious task with great fervor.It's initial cleanup of the season yielded 56 bags of trash along Bellaire roadways. As a village resident, I can attest to the quality job it ...

We still have time to prepare for Easter

Columns

TODAY is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. If we haven't done anything to prepare for the great feast of Easter, there is still some time. Let us keep in mind the many people of our Ohio Valley who need assistance. A donation to a worthy charity or bringing items to a food pantry are always worthwhile ...

Courageous

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,Kudos and double Kudos for the employee of the Steubenville car dealership who notified the police about a possible case of child abuse. Not many people would have the courage to speak up in defense of a child who appears to have been mistreated in this manner.Firearm Carry Law in ...

PolioPlus

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,My husband, Bob Vincenzo and I were at the International Rotary Convention in New Orleans two years ago, along with 20,000 Rotarians from around the world when Bill Gates was introduced as a presenter.He received a standing ovation usually accorded to "rock stars" as the Bill and ...

Readers can be instrumental in change

Columns

Whenever young journalists ask how to write stories that can change lives, I suggest they start asking about tipping policies whenever they see a tip jar or valet, or visit a restaurant.No matter what city in the U.S. they call home, it's only a matter of time before such questions unearth a ...

TV celeb Sandra Lee pulled into NY legislative ethics debate

Columns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sandra Lee has built an empire on lifestyle and cooking advice, but it's her status as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's live-in girlfriend that has placed her in the midst of a political fight over stronger state ethics laws.Cuomo, a Democrat, is demanding that lawmakers report income ...