Opinion.

Board members for charities need to know legal responsibilities

Columns

Serving on the board of a charitable organization is a demanding and rewarding job. It is a vital function, as charities work to enhance the quality of life in our communities. But becoming a board member for a charitable organization means more than merely accepting an honorary title or ...

Valley turns out to celebrate women

Columns

March is Women’s History Month, an observance that dates to 1981 and aims to improve the understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, ...

Keep tax provision in budget

Editorials

It is high time more tax proceeds from natural gas and oil production are used to benefit the local area. State Rep. Jack Cera recently introduced an amendment to the state’s next transportation budget that would make that possible, and we believe lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Eastern Ohio!

Columns

The feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is observed around the globe as a celebration of Irish history, heritage and culture each March 17. And there certainly are plenty of area residents who have Irish heritage to celebrate today. I know lots of local people with names such as ...

Young people need our encouragement to be great

Columns

What year did these events take place: Alcatraz Prison is closed, Aretha Franklin releases “Laughing on the Outside,” Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, and Kellogg’s Froot Loops is introduced. Have you figured it out yet? Here are some more hints in the same year: Stevie Wonder ...

Keep tax debate clean

Editorials

Like many other states, Ohio has a semi-transparent system of funding highway and bridge maintenance and construction. The vast majority of state funding for the purpose comes from a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. More than a billion dollars a year is derived from that source. Gov. Mike ...

Taking pride and action in our communities

Columns

I helped to improve my community on Saturday — and you can do that, too. In this space on Feb. 24, I wrote about how disappointed I was to see the large amount of litter that was revealed when the winter snow and ice began to melt away. I cited “the brick road” — aka Goshen Township ...

Finding absentee owners

Editorials

Merely finding the owners of rundown buildings that ought to be demolished can be quite a chore. Ask virtually any mayor or city manager in the Ohio Valley. For any number of reasons, those who own abandoned and dilapidated structures in our area often live in other cities across the region ...

A new space for seniors

Editorials

Belmont County takes good care of its senior citizens, and that tradition continued last week with an announcement from the Board of Commissioners. For many years, the people of Belmont County have consistently supported ballot measures to fund Senior Services. Those levies have provided for ...

Honoring those who deserve it in March

Columns

Well, I am anxiously awaiting the season of spring. The groundhog predicted an early arrival this year — it can’t come soon enough for me. Spring is my favorite time of year. I remember as a youngster, one of my teachers used to say that March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a ...

An engineer’s perspective on fossil fuels

Columns

For over two years I have been writing this column as a representative of the Shale Crescent USA organization. Today I write it as an individual and a registered professional engineer. Talking to people across the country I try to help people, particularly outside of our region, understand ...

Building a brighter future

Editorials

This is a challenging time for the village of Bellaire. Residents of the community and the surrounding area recently received news of two major changes, and neither announcement was positive. First, word was released that St. John Central High School will close at the end of the current ...

Rough roads ahead: ODOT in funding crisis

Columns

Belmont County may be home to one of the last bridges to be built in the Buckeye State for the foreseeable future. That is because the Ohio Department of Transportation is experiencing a funding crisis. As a result, the new span across Interstate 70 near the Ohio Valley Mall that opened last ...

Get ‘out among them’ and build relationships

Columns

Years ago, my good friend, JB, gave me some advice that has served me well. We were both in sales for our company at the time. JB said, “Kozera, you always have to be out among them.” The message is twofold for all of us, whether you are in sales or a teenager trying to get a date. ...

The many heroes of black history

Columns

February is Black History Month. There are so many people, black and white, male and female, who could be considered heroes of Black History. I want to tell you about one of my heroes. How his life was flipped — turned upside down, and how he penetrated, influenced, and saturated the ...

Keeping costs down

Editorials

Government budgets at all levels seldom seem to be lower than in previous years. On the rare occasions when they are, they often are accompanied by predictions of doom and gloom. Except in Belmont County. There, county commissioners have approved a 2019 budget of $21.9 million — about 2.5 ...

Can-do attitudes carry local spellers to bee

Columns

In a couple of weeks, The Times Leader will host one of its biggest events of the year — the Belmont County Spelling Bee. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ohio University Eastern, the annual bee provides an opportunity for nearly 20 local middle school students to compete for the title of ...

Meeting a good start

Editorials

The village of Belmont needs help. Fortunately, Mayor Stan Sobel isn’t afraid to ask for it. Roads and streets in the small community are falling apart. The damage isn’t due to poor construction or standard wear and tear. Instead, it appears to be a result of heavy truck traffic ...

On the trail of Martin Luther King Jr.

Columns

This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Keep working toward Medicare for All

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Big Pharmaceutical companies are at it again. Already this year, 60 pharmaceutical companies jumped prices of over 300 drugs, some by as much as four times the rate of inflation. And the worst part is, it’s perfectly legal. If a pharmaceutical company wants to inflate the ...