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County Taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,February 20, 2015, marked the end of Belmont County's First Half property tax collection. On behalf of my staff and Belmont County, I simply want to thank the taxpayers for their patience, promptness and good humor.In the last week alone, the Treasurer's Office welcomed several ...

Bye Bye Obama

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,It's time for Obama to go.The cultural and social damage that he has fostered now goes beyond the pale. Of course, any rational call for his removal from office will be met with inevitable resistance from all sides. The left will resist using the tactics of Saul Alinsky and the ...

Red Shoes

Editorials

RED SHOES have been worn by everyone from robbers to popes.Now, there's also a Red Shoe Movement. A website about this movement reports women "are embracing the RSM as a way to move the needle faster in female representation at the top."Although Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to attain the top ...

Hillary Clinton and her email saga

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - How Hillary Rodham Clinton's statements about her exclusive use of private email instead of a government account as secretary of state compare with the known facts:CLINTON: "Others had done it."THE FACTS: Although email practices varied among her predecessors, Clinton is the ...

Christie calls $225M Exxon Mobil settlement ‘really good’

Columns

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday defended a settlement with Exxon Mobil on a decade-old lawsuit for a tiny fraction of the nearly $9 billion the state had sought for environmental damage, calling it "really good."The Republican governor, a possible 2016 presidential ...

Declaration of War

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speech before Congress was a clarion call for a United States led war against Iran.There can be no other conclusion.Netanyahu's demand that Iran change their national character was absurd. No country dissolves itself over night to meet Netanyahu' ...

Steel Hoping

Editorials

THE STEEL industry in the Ohio Valley has seen better times. That is an understatement.What once was one of the economic backbones of the Ohio Valley has been placed on life support. It is an industry gasping for life.Some hope, however, may be emanating out of southern Jefferson County. The ...

Ill. senator sees stroke recovery giving him 2016 edge

Columns

CHICAGO (AP) - When U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012, he faced a grueling recovery and serious questions about how he could continue his political career.Now the Illinois Republican, who won the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to run for president, is one of the ...

Libertarians face quagmire in seeking Ohio ballot access

Columns

CCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Libertarian candidates seeking some local offices in Ohio face uncertain access to the ballot this year as they await a judge's decision over new rules for minor political parties.At issue is a 2013 state law that imposes stiffer criteria for minor political parties to ...

Beallsville High

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,Here are some Beallsville High School facts instead of fiction.Our student count has always been smaller than some, but not much different than what it was when the school administration lied to get our votes for new buildings. If our school 'should have closed 30 years ago' (though ...

Sedgwick Museum

Editorials

MANY people and organizations worked to establish a museum in Martins Ferry.A committee for Betty Zane Frontier Days (a forerunner of the present celebration) was named in 1967 and worked for several years to help in raising funds for a museum. During the first year, it raised $6,200.Along with ...

Value of polls? Not much, and not for a while

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wondering who's up and who's down in the 2016 presidential race?Go for a run, tend the garden, clean the closet, remove the lint from the dryer, and then do it all over again because it's going to be a long time before the polls will tell us much about who's likely to be our ...

Clinton avoids email controversy at women’s event

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's silence on the email controversy swirling around her is getting louder by the day.On Monday, the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate ignored the issue at a forum while a second Democratic senator urged her to speak out - and predicted she ...

Shameful

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,Has Obama totally lost his mind and are the American people following in Obama's footsteps? People did we forget the terrorist attack in Bengagi and the terrorist attack on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers in New York?Our policemen and policewomen are putting their lives on the line ...

Accountability

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,Former New York City Mayor and failed Presidential candidate, Rudy Giuliani's recent comments indicating that "I do not believe that the President (Obama) loves America. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up, and I was brought up, through love of this country,"appears to ...

Daylight Savings

Editorials

UNDOUBTEDLY, some of us forgot to turn our clocks forward Saturday night to acknowledge the annual beginning of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday. But if some people had their way, we wouldn't have to worry about it.From what we're told, this business of turning our clocks back an hour ...

Failure to launch not a concern in presidential race

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most U.S. presidential candidates really don't want to spend nearly two years bowing and scraping to voters and campaign donors.Most voters sure don't want to hear about the presidential race for anywhere near that long.Why, then, does it take so loooong to pick a U.S. ...

Bill Clinton defends foreign donations to foundation

Columns

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on a 2016 presidential campaign.In an interview ...

Mother Nature

Letters to the Editor

Dear Mother Nature,Oh, what a pretty sight it was when you gave us the first glimpse of snow last Fall The flurries, cool breeze and a hint of Winter. Well, Miss Nature, you have shown your wrath, your meanness and your furry. Now it is time for you to go. I no longer enjoy your white coating ...

GSV Society

Editorials

BELLAIRE IS a community with great pride and tradition.Recent times have not been kind to the All-American Town but its pride still shines on.Bellaire's glorious past was showcased Wednesday at the public library. Cast center stage was the Great Stone Viaduct. If planning comes to fruition, it ...