Opinion.

Act quickly on school slips

Editorials

School board members and administrators in the Martins Ferry City Schools District are dealing with a slippery situation, and they need to act sooner than later. It was revealed during a board meeting this week that portions of the hilltop campus are slipping away. It seems that soil in two ...

What’s next for Gov. John Kasich — and for Ohio?

Columns

Today is John Kasich’s last day as governor of Ohio. I wonder what he’s thinking about? At 66 years old, the term-limited Republican Kasich probably isn’t ready to retire. I have met the governor on several different occasions during his two terms in office, and I have the strong ...

National security — it just got personal!

Columns

Our grandson, Calen just finished U.S. Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. He is now a U.S. Marine. Even though he took the oath and was in Basic Training starting in mid-October he was just a recruit. You are not a Marine until you can complete Basic Training. We ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Create jobs for Ohio

Editorials

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

This is not JFK’s Democratic Party anymore

Columns

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history — and fewer white males. And a week ago, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman showed us what we may expect. As a rally ...

‘Green’ radicals face backlash over carbon tax

Columns

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers “low-carbon lifestyles.” The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits ...

Tirade against masculinity is politics, not science

Columns

This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. It has done it before — in 2013, it reclassified “gender identity disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, calling it “gender ...

Enforce large truck rules

Editorials

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once. One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting earlier this month, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during ...

Trimming nose hair and other rites of passage

Columns

One of my older sisters once dated a much older guy who had not yet come to terms with growing up. I remember nothing about him — except his nose hair. He was the Rapunzel of nose hair. I do believe you could have climbed it straight into his brain. I was never sure if I should suggest ...

Green New Deal is Millennial Socialism 101

Columns

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal makes the obligatory nod to the original New Deal, but FDR’s handiwork is much too modest an antecedent. The Green New Deal calls for a top-down revolution in the operation of American society so sweeping that it would be disturbing if ...

Placing the blame for America’s growing suicide problem

Columns

If 2019 stays on trend, more than 47,000 Americans will kill themselves this year. Their loved ones will, understandably, be consumed with grief. But some of them will then go on to try and affix outside blame for the death. Many of them will hire a lawyer and file a wrongful death ...

Director supports petrochemical complex

Columns

As the Executive Director of the Community Improvement Corp. of Belmont County, a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to economic development in the county since 1962, I support the proposed PTTGCA/Daelim petrochemical complex in Dilles Bottom. I am in support of this project ...

On duty for the holidays

Editorials

Christmas has come and gone; fortunately it passed peacefully for most local residents. If the worst had happened, though, qualified people were ready and willing to respond. All across the region, law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel, doctors, nurses and firefighters were on ...

Fix village finances

Editorials

Bridgeport has been declared in a state of fiscal emergency by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which notes the village is seriously in arrears in paying back state loans. That means village government will have to operate under the oversight of a special state commission until it gets its ...

Avoid liability

Editorials

At some point, someone may have to pay to clean up chemicals used in a Bellaire dry cleaning shop that has been closed for about 20 years. That “someone” should not be taxpayers in the village. During their meeting last week, Bellaire Village Council members discussed the old ...

Amendment change propsed

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are floating some ideas Buckeye State residents may want to watch. House Joint Resolution 19, introduced a few days ago, would make it more difficult to approve proposed constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot. Rather than a simple majority needed for an amendment to ...

A lasting legacy

Editorials

Honorable. Decent. Capable. Those are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe former President George H.W. Bush since he died Friday. The son of a senator, he began his own service to our nation at age 18, when he joined the U.S. Navy in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. ...

Building people’s trust

Editorials

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the comment are ...

Enforce leash laws

Editorials

The owner of a dog that injured two other animals in Belmont — and bit one of their owners — may deserve some credit. It appears the owner was trying to comply with the village rule requiring that all dogs be on leashes when they are not on their own property. But, as Belmont Mayor ...