Opinion.

Take action on overcrowding

Editorials

Belmont County leaders are in a familiar — but difficult —position. Once again, it has become apparent that the county’s jail facility is not large enough to accomodate all the people who engage in criminal actvity here. The sheriff and the county commissioners all know the problem ...

PROTECTING FIRST RESPONDERS

Editorials

When the people who keep the rest of us safe begin to feel threatened, it is time to take action. That is exactly what two local fire departments have done, providing bulletproof vests for members to use is specific situations. The Brookside Fire Department recently purchased six bulletproof ...

ENJOYING THE TASTES OF SUMMER AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Columns

I finally got a real taste of summer this past week - it came in the form of the first homegrown tomato picked from my garden. I generally am not one to eat tomatoes. I don't ask for tomato slices on sandwiches; in fact, when they come as part of my order I often pick them off of my food ...

Patience And Tenacity Work Hand In Hand

Columns

This spring I learned a couple of things that taught even this older lady a lesson or two. Last summer I remember knocking down a bird's nest from the corner of our house. I did not notice it being built, but I did notice the bird droppings on our siding. The bird had built its nest between ...

Help to battle addiction

Editorials

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Persistence pays off

Editorials

Nearly a generation has gone by since local residents began pushing hard for construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking southern Brooke and Jefferson counties, as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pointed out Tuesday. "I don't know how you stood it for 18 years," he remarked. But the ...

A way to share space

Editorials

As Belmont County officials work toward relocating in a new county-owned space, they must ensure not only that the new facility saves taxpayers money but also that it meets the needs of the public. Members of the Belmont County Board of Elections discussed the matter Monday, revealing some of ...

A pleasant, but potentially dangerous, pastime

Editorials

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to swim. Many of my earliest memories involve experiences in swimming pools of one type or another. I remember the blue plastic wading pools my mother would set up for me in the little plot of grass next to our front porch. She would sit and watch ...

Buyers must beware when purchasing property

Editorials

By ANDREW SMITH Partner — Rolfes Henry Co. LPA Buying a home is a dream and a milestone for many American individuals and families. It is also one of the biggest financial and legal transactions in many people’s lives. June is National Homeownership Month and a good opportunity for ...

Celebrating great fathers on their special day

Columns

It seemed like winter would never end, then all of a sudden it was summer — or it appeared like it to me. I don’t know what happened to spring, but I am not complaining! I love the warm temperatures, the flowers blooming, the songs of birds in the morning and the green grass and trees. ...

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 ...