Opinion.

Land bank projects critical

Editorials

Eastern Ohio is a naturally beautiful region with rolling hills, wandering streams, abundant wildlife and a lush, green landscape throughout much of the year. It also is home to beautiful, historic structures and elaborate new homes. Unfortunately, dilapidated buildings mar that landscape in ...

Alleged tire slasher arrested

Editorials

BELLAIRE — Bellaire police arrested a man they believe slashed more than 30 tires in the village — including those on Disabled American Veterans transportation vans last fall. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan said officers arrested John L. Roskovich, 21, of 4204 Harrison ...

Keep program solvent

Editorials

It is a fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days. But many Buckeye State ...

Couple feel guilty about the cost of presents

Columns

Dear Annie: It was a wonderful Christmas season. However, I’m finding myself more guilt-ridden than ever. Here’s why: My wife and I are “gifters.” We like to think of all the people in our lives whom we can think of — near, far, wherever they are — and try to give them ...

Females experience thinning hair too

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a diagnosis of low thyroid levels, my formerly long, thick hair has thinned out. I’d say 50 to 60 percent over the years since menopause (I am 78). It is especially thin from the front to the middle of my head. All I have found to help my hair look presentable and fuller ...

A rose tutorial

Columns

Dear Readers: VALENTINE’S DAY will soon be here. Roses are a popular gift, but do you know how to purchase roses, and what to look for? Here are some hints: * Neighborhood flower shops, online florists, grocery stores and large discount retailers are all good sources for fresh ...

Even good news about the economy is bad

Columns

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.” In his essay ...

Trump’s advantage on the issue of immigration Advantage

Columns

I noted that President Trump won the shutdown because he instinctively understood the strategic situation far better than Senate Democrats, establishment Republicans, and his other beltway critics. He knew he had a stronger position than the Democrats and used that understanding to his ...

A dose of modesty is needed in our grasp of the truth

Columns

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect ...

Congratulations spellers

Editorials

Congratulations to Linh Le, the 2018 Belmont County Spelling Bee champion. Le, an eighth-grader at St. Clairsville Middle School and the daughter of Katy and Quam Le, outlasted 17 other local students to capture the title on Thursday. In the end, she spelled two consecutive words — sinister ...

The colors — and issues — of the season

Columns

There was a bright flash of blue to my right, then a moment later a shiny black blur to my left. I was just leaving Belmont via John Street — known to most village residents as “the brick road” — when these movements and colors caught my attention early last week. Everything else ...

Real community service

Editorials

“Community service” sentences for perpetrators of relatively minor crimes have been around for years. As prosecutors and judges try to cope with overcrowded jails and prisons, they seem to be popping up frequently. But what do those handed such sentences do? In Steubenville, they ...

Funding the drug fight

Editorials

Drug pushers seldom have to worry about funding their operations. Because they often are dealing with people addicted to opioids, their product sells itself. It is a different story with law enforcement agencies out to break the grip illegal drugs have on so many in Eastern Ohio and the ...

Improving efficiency

Editorials

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must ...

Evaluate water system

Editorials

Any questions about whether Steubenville officials need to take a comprehensive look at the city’s water system have been answered during the past several days. Shipments of bottled water into the municipality, use of mobile water tanks downtown and temporary closures of some businesses ...

Consider cost savings

Editorials

Bellaire officials simply cannot afford to be paying $8,000 a year to rent a computer that is virtually useless. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan is right to suggest that it be eliminated. Flanagan’s other idea, to do away with parking meters altogether, may require ...

Screening available

Editorials

January brings many things to our part of the nation. We’ve all been experiencing frigid temperatures combined with the snowy, icy conditions that can make life more complicated than usual. But January also is a time for raising awareness of an illness that can have a life-altering impact ...

New approach needed

Editorials

Americans have many worries on their minds, ranging from concerns about nuclear war with North Korea to terrorist attacks to allegations of sexual misconduct and political strife within our own borders. One of the most pressing issues for our nation - and our local region - is the ongoing ...

Seek real peace as we honor Martin Luther King

Columns

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Making Martin Luther King day more meaningful

Columns

Fifty years ago, a single bullet altered the course of a movement that was changing America for the better. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis when a sniper's bullet struck him in the neck. King was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he ...