Opinion.

Talk to kids about threats

Editorials

It’s time for parents in the Ohio Valley — and across the nation — to have a serious talk with their children. No, we aren’t referring to that dreaded conversation about the birds and the bees. And we aren’t talking about going over the basics, such as “look both ways before you ...

Getting the attention we deserve

Columns

It seems Eastern Ohio has been in the spotlight again in recent days, capturing the attention of politicians and industrial heavy-hitters. Last Monday, the Statehouse was buzzing with anticipation as Gov. John Kasich prepared to officially announce a "major international partner" for the ...

New park a plus for Ohio

Editorials

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in Eastern Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new ...

Investigate and mitigate

Editorials

For about three weeks, an untold amount of methane leaked from an XTO Energy well pad near Powhatan Point. On Wednesday, the company and Belmont County officials announced the good news that the well had been plugged. Area residents who had been unable to occupy their homes and others in the ...

Making a difference

Editorials

It seems we Americans are dissatisfied with our representation in Washington, D.C., and our chance to do something about it is quickly approaching. A new study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Barbara with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

People helping people in Eastern Ohio

Columns

It may not always be easy to see, but people all around us are working to better our communities all the time. Sometimes, these people are elected officials, working in response to a public outcry or in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise. We expend a lot of energy being critical of these ...

Ensure public funds are secure

Editorials

Someone violated the trust of Harrison County's taxpayers last year. In September, Janel McGowan-Banks, a former probation officer for the county, pleaded guilty to theft in office and tampering with records. Information released by Auditor of State Dave Yost states that his office ...

Enforce existing laws

Editorials

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? Would it be the same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? How about the FBI that cleared ...

Take threats seriously

Editorials

Tension was high in the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District on Monday. Do you have to ask why? Yes, someone, perhaps a student, made a threat involving a gun. Though the school complex remained open, the law enforcement presence there was supplemented with additional officers ...

Ensure change is positive

Editorials

The makeup of the St. Clairsville Police Department is changing, and the city administration should make every effort to ensure those changes increase safety and benefit residents. During the council meeting Tuesday, it was announced that Meghan Shaw has been hired as an administrative ...

Unnecessary ugliness occurring among us

Columns

I write a lot about the beauty of our region, but I have seen some ugliness here lately - and it’s had nothing to do with mud or flooding. Two things are at the root of the animosity I have seen among area residents - the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the well pad explosion and ...

Thank first responders

Editorials

Everywhere across America, there are people who are on alert, ready to respond when the rest of us call for help. Last week, some of these people in Florida were called upon to treat and comfort children who had been wounded in a mass shooting at a high school. One of them found and arrested ...

Bracing for another round of river flooding

Columns

I probably looked more like a pipeliner than a newspaper editor when I headed out the door for work on Thursday. With heavy rain in the forecast, my years in the news business told me to be prepared to get wet and dirty at some point during the day. I wore jeans and a sweatshirt and a pair of ...

Raining cats and dogs

Editorials

Mother Nature isn't kidding around this week. Let's take her seriously. The entire local area is expected to receive a lot of additional rainfall during the next couple of days. In some areas, that rain could arrive at a rapid pace, increasing the possibility of flash flooding. Dealing with ...

Schools must follow rules

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor summed up the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s argument against state officials in one sentence on Tuesday. “How is that not absurd?” she asked an ECOT attorney. For years, ECOT got away with a scheme that would have resulted in ...

Seeking opioid answers

Editorials

Ohio officials had the right idea in developing a global technology challenge for ideas to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead of relying on investigations and arrests to stem the flow of illegal opioids or counting on the same old strategies — that do not seem to be working — to treat ...

Baseball is applying informed intelligence to lineups

Columns

Even if, inexplicably, you occasionally think about things other than professional baseball, consider this: Why are many premier free agents, particularly sluggers and starting pitchers, unsigned even while we are hearing the loveliest four words, “Pitchers and catchers report”? The ...

Obamacare: One big difference between 2010 and 2018

Columns

Republicans are understandably nervous about the parallels between the 2010 midterm elections that brought them to power and the 2018 midterms where Democrats envision a return to power. Eight years ago, a polarizing new president was facing his first midterm election. Progressives and ...

Family troubled by their moms food hoarding

Columns

Dear Annie: My mother is 79 years old. She was born during the Depression, and I know that when she was younger, she didn’t get enough to eat. The problem now is that she still hoards food. She admits that she has a problem, but she can’t seem to stop buying food for the freezer. She has a ...

Exact doses doesn’t always work

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently in your column, you discussed the need for dosages to be exact in some situations. What about the medical marijuana issue? In our small town, there are four dispensaries. If someone truly felt he or she needed it for medical issues, would that person get the same ...