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Perfect Fit

Columns

THE EASTERN Ohio economy is on the upswing. The oil and gas boom has been a major catalyst for the improvement. The retail sector and housing market have also experienced much growth.Jobs are becoming more plentiful for the local labor force. But still more needs to be done in that realm, as ...

‘The Big Picture’

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,The Obama-Doctrine is one that is engaged with our enemy and undercuts our allies.Take for instance the very fact President Obama gratuitously insulted, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; after French President Sarkozy called Netanyahu a liar during a G20 summit in ...

CIA Interrogation

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,If you had a family member or other loved one killed by a terrorist act, would you still question the interrogation methods of the CIA or other agency?I might be tempted to say, "Let Me Help."William J. PatscheSt. Clairsville

Happy Easter

Editorials

TREES budding and flowers blooming signal continued life so it's especially appropriate that Easter with its importance regarding life is during springtime.After all, prior to His crucifixion, Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet ...

Davies appointed Eastern Division judge

Columns

BELMONT COUNTY Eastern Division Court is getting a new judge in two weeks.Gov. John R. Kasich has appointed Albert E. Davies of St. Clairsville to serve in that capacity. Davies replaces Judge John Vavra, who now sits on the Belmont County Common Pleas bench.Davies takes office on April 20. One ...

Remembering Easters past in Boydsville

Columns

HAPPY EASTER!Today is the day when everyone gets all dressed up in their new outfits and heads to their churches to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a day for prayer, song and glad tidings.For children, it is a time to see what the Easter Bunny brought them. They look forward to taste ...

Thank you for helping our abused children

Columns

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I would like to start by giving a huge "THANK YOU" to the Sunset Motors (in Steubenville) employee who alerted the authorities when a small child came into their business, obviously in distress. The child had visible bruises on his face and a lump ...

Misguided

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorThe Switzerland of Ohio school district continues to be a prime example of why other districts in Ohio will not be going toward countywide school systems. The inefficient fight for resources will ultimately end in the the self destruction of the entire system.While some of the ...

St. C. Rotary

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorThe Rotary Club of St. Clairsville is seeking applications for three scholarships, the David A. & Audrey Osborne Endowed Scholarship and two, Memorial Service Above Self Scholarships.Any high school senior residing in the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District, ...

Drones

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorPeople use to fly kites - now they fly drones.Take for instance; drones are becoming more popular and abundant - and they relatively don't cost an arm and a leg.Other than the drone found on the White House grounds - they have also become an issue elsewhere in some states they are ...

Calling on Hoosiers to state their case

Columns

This week, in response to yet another heinous law meant to discriminate against LGBT fellow humans, Honey Maid tweeted, "We believe love is always welcome." And it illustrated it with a picture of graham crackers nibbled into the shape of Indiana.This Buckeye sure did love that.Now, the Teddy ...

Switzerland of Ohio

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,My name is B. J. Mellott, and I live in Beallsville, Ohio, located in Monroe County in the Switzerland of Ohio School District.May I first begin by saying any decision to make change (good or bad, favorable or not) is multi-faceted and not easy. Many variables, factors and unknowns ...

Belmont College

Letters to the Editor

Dear?EditorI am writing in response to Dr. Paul Gasparro's Letter to Editor that was published in the March 20 edition of this paper. I would like to thank him for clarifying Belmont College's position relating to the closing of Beallsville High School. I would like to ask of it would be ...

Bergdahl

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,A so called soldier named Bergdahl we recently charged with desertion and misbehavior.Apparently he left his Post and joined the enemy, the Taliban, claiming spending 5 years as a POW. By leaving his post is in itself is a violation of this order: TO QUITE MY POST ONLY WHEN ...

Ted Downing

Editorials

TED DOWNING is heading home.The Bridgeport School District superintendent has accepted a similar position with the Bright Local School District in Highland County. It is less than three miles from his home in Brown County.Downing will stay on board with Bridgeport schools until mid-summer, ...

Bush gets cautious credit on Indiana law

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In backing a pair of contentious religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas, Jeb Bush this week earned some cautious credit from politically influential evangelicals who say some conservatives are still leery of the former Florida governor.That assessment didn't ...

To win Senate, Dems turn to candidates who’ve lost before

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are turning to some proven election losers as they aim to retake control of the Senate in 2016.In Ohio, Ted Strickland, who lost his bid for a second term as governor to former Rep. John Kasich in 2010, is running against Republican Sen. Rob Portman.In Pennsylvania, ...

Corruption

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:In a recent guest commentary in your paper, I read that Mexico City is a city so rife with crime that there are, "five policemen to one resident."This statement is ridiculous! A quick Google search leads me to many sources that state a more reasonable number of police (one per ...

Changing Education

Editorials

MICHAEL DRAKE has a plum job. He was formally installed as the new president of The Ohio State University Tuesday.Drake is in charge of one of the nation's greatest institutions of higher learning. He assumes control of Ohio State during a time of euphoria as the Buckeyes are riding the wave of ...

After privatization, NJ lottery missing targets

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Chris Christie privatized New Jersey's lottery two years ago, he said its new overseers would "modernize and maximize" the games.Instead, a lottery once ranked among the nation's top performers is now lagging for the second straight year, trailing its state income targets ...