Opinion.

Support proposed plant

Editorials

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...

Consider both sides of Issue 2 before vote

Editorials

As early voting begins in Ohio, voters will see two state issues on their ballots. In this column, I will address the most confusing, most debated issue. Issue 2 — the Drug Price Relief Act — is a proposed law that would “require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs ...

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Editorials

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

Answering the call

Editorials

At least one local school district is in need of help, and those who step up to provide it will benefit from the experience. Buckeye Local School District is experiencing a shortage of substitute employees this year. Those are the folks who step in to handle the duties of a regular employee ...

The beginning of OUE

Editorials

In 1956, a college education was an unattainable dream for most people who lived in or around Belmont County. Attending a college or university at that time was an expensive prospect that required area students to live on a campus far away from home while completing their studies. Most local ...

Sixty years of creating opportunities

Columns

I don’t believe I would be where I am today if Ohio University had not established a Belmont County campus 60 years ago. I had not been born when those first college-level classes were offered at Martins Ferry High School in 1957. My family had not yet moved to this part of the state, and I ...

Protecting free speech

Editorials

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no for safety reasons. “White nationalist” is the current term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt allowing Spencer ...

Levies work for residents

Editorials

Brookside residents have an important choice to make at the polls this election season. Village Council and the administration are seeking approval of a 1-mill tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot, hoping to generate the necessary funds to purchase a new dump truck for the village. The municipality ...

Don’t tolerate intimidation

Editorials

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Bruzzese is a well-known outdoorsman, and he was armed as he approached the courthouse in Steubenville that ...

Install smoke detectors

Editorials

Belmont County has been fortunate this week. A few structure fires occurred in various locations, but none had tragic results. Although one firefighter was injured responding to a blaze in St. Clairsville, he is recovering. Still, members of the family who occupied that home were lucky to ...

Drawing districts fairly

Editorials

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Improve campus safety

Editorials

For many years, standard practice on many college and university campuses was to minimize, even cover up actively, reports of crime affecting students. That is changing, in some measure because of federal law insisting on honest campus crime reporting. With that in mind, reports of crime at ...

Improve mortality rate

Editorials

It appears the Buckeye State and its residents need to do more to protect the youngest Ohioans. In a report released last week, the Ohio Health Department said the number of infant deaths increased slightly in 2016 compared with the previous year. The report states that 1,024 babies died ...

Preserving local history

Editorials

When we think about the history of the Ohio Valley, our industrial past immediately comes to mind. Nearly every family that has lived here for at least a generation or two has one or more members who was employed as a coal miner or steelworker. Today, natural gas and oil exploration and ...

Building trust on duty

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Address odor problem

Editorials

Complaints about foul odors emanating from the Apex Sanitary Landfill in Jefferson County are nothing new. Though the company has taken steps to address the issue, it is a continuing headache for the Jefferson County Board of Health. Resolving the problem may require intervention by the ...

Protect owners’ rights

Editorials

Officials in many cities are frustrated at owners of buildings who allow them to deteriorate instead of tearing them down and making the land available for development. When structures become safety and/or health hazards, local governments can order owners to do something about the ...

Politicians take notice

Editorials

The eyes of Ohio will be on Martins Ferry today as the four Democrats who hope to be our next governor gather here for a debate. Set to take the stage at Martins Ferry High School at 7 p.m. are the four current candidates who have declared their intent to run so far — former congresswoman ...

Lives in our own hands

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related ...

Ohio’s political future is taking shape

Editorials

If you care about the future of the Buckeye State, pay close attention to what happens in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. That is when some of the people who hope to become Ohio’s 70th governor will hold the inaugural debate of the campaign. The Ohio Democratic Party is hosting the event, slated ...