Opinion.

County increase in license fees

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Belmont County commissioners approved a $15 per vehicle increase in license plate fees for road and bridge repairs. The cars and light trucks of the citizens of this county are not responsible for the major damage to the roads and bridges. The water trucks, sand trucks ...

Advocacy works!

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing to urge voters not to give up on Congress. Keep telling your elected officials what you want so that they can best represent your interests. Yes, Congress is slow to make change, but meaningful change through constituent advocacy is worth the wait. Four years ago ...

America has betrayed our founders

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, America has betrayed our founders! America has betrayed our God! Christians escaped religious persecution in Europe and with God’s divine intervention, created our great nation. Ten-plus miracles by God sustained our founders during our Revolutionary War. We were outnumbered 10 ...

The National Media

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, At the end of the presidential campaign of 1960, President Eisenhower gave a cryptic and prophetic warning to the people of the United States. He said, “beware the military-industrial complex.” Now that we have come almost 60 years from that date I would believe President ...

Climate Change

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, So, I was thinking that I might flip. I know that I have some loyal readers and I may run the risk of disappointing both of them, but I just may reverse my position on climate change. It’s not the pictures of polar bears stranded on ice flows (You know that polar bears are ...

Hero for sugar reform

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Last week, the sugar cartels won in their latest attempt to enrich themselves at the cost of the American consumer. Fortunately, not every member of Congress acted like a puppet! Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, voted for reform and continues to be hero for sugar reform. He is ...

Stop illegal dumping

Editorials

“Drop the broken-down couch” and “Step out of the tire-filled dump truck and put your hands up” are not lines we hear on television crime shows. Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or ...

Get out and vote

Editorials

Tuesday is Election Day in Eastern Ohio, and residents of our region have some important decisions to make. The primary election provides an opportunity for each political party to nominate its candidates for office in the general election, which happens on Nov. 6. This year in Ohio voters ...

Say ‘thanks’ — Teacher deserve our appreciation

Columns

I believe I fell in love with learning in the first grade, thanks to Mrs. Bartlett. Janie Bartlett was born on the same day as my mother, and they were colleagues and friends. When I look back on what I remember as a 6-year-old, I recall thinking that Mrs. Bartlett was beautiful, kind and ...

Recognition Deserved

Editorials

Benjamin Franklin said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Members of one local organization believe that to be true, and they are working with area law enforcement, the judicial system and our schools to stem the problem of drug abuse. During the Belmont County Bar ...

Approve measure quickly

Editorials

Congress is considering a measure that makes a lot of sense and has the potential to bring great benefits to our local region. U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, recently invited Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent Jeff Greenley to speak before Congress. Greenlee told the ...

Slow down, save lives

Editorials

The annual spring crop of orange barrels has sprouted, and it is growing all around our region. Each year, motorists dread the beginning of construction season - even though they have complained for weeks about the deteriorating condition of the roads. Construction zones mean detours and ...

Amazing generosity — another toy drive success

Columns

You've done it again, Eastern Ohio! One week ago today, we appealed to the public on page 2 of this newspaper, asking for donations to a toy drive to benefit the Martins Ferry Police Department. The effort was a part of our Business After Hours event, held in conjunction with the Martins ...

Celebrate your library

Editorials

This week is a special one that helps us recognize one of the most important resources any community can have. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is marking its 60th anniversary and is typically observed during the second week of April each year. It is sponsored by the American ...

Good use for funds

Editorials

Last week, some organizations that help ensure local residents receive the care they need got a little help of their own. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners approved one-year contracts with 21 emergency medical service providers, most of which are volunteer fire departments. It is an ...

It’s hard to tell, but spring is here

Columns

Believe it or not, spring has arrived. Yes, the season officially arrived a couple of weeks ago, though you wouldn't know it by looking out your window or walking out your door. At this writing, the temperature in Belmont is just at the freezing mark. Snow and rain - or some combination of ...

Building public trust

Editorials

With headlines about international espionage, alleged infidelity, phone scams and threats of violence dominating the news these days, Americans must be asking themselves this question: "Who can we trust?" While the answer to that question is far from simple, one way to help solve the dilemma ...

The importance of a day off

Columns

When was the last time you really took a day off? My husband, Mike, and I both have jobs that sometimes demand we work odd hours. We often find our selves at work at 10 or 11 p.m. or on a weekend. For that reason, our days off are not always the traditional Saturday and Sunday. And when we ...

School clinic a good idea

Editorials

In many public schools, the only option for teachers when a student complains of not feeling well is to call parents or guardians and send the youngster home. Jefferson County Health Department officials want to change that. During their meeting last week, Buckeye Local Board of Education ...

Let people grade tests

Editorials

Just because something is possible does not mean it is a good idea. But companies developing artificial intelligence programs have made a great deal possible, and too many government entities are failing to ask whether the ideas are good. Approximately 75 percent of state testing for Ohio ...