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Has President Trump lost faith in Congress?

Columns

By PATRICK BUCHANAN Creators Syndicate Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer, not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his ...

Broadband access is key to future economy

Columns

To me, it’s fairly simple. Better internet access means more economic and educational opportunities, and a higher quality of life. There are currently several barriers to high-speed internet access in many parts of our Appalachian region. Many of you know this unfortunate fact all too well. ...

Bellaire tradition ends

Columns

Fifty-four years is a long time to do any one thing, so it is little wonder that Clara Rigas was ready to retire from the restaurant business last week after more than five decades of running a staple of downtown Bellaire. During that lengthy span, the owner and her late husband, Mike, ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Couple commended Dear Editor, Bob and Robin Harper of Beallsville, Ohio, are a very community-minded couple. Although they would never brag, or probably don’t even think twice, or realize it., Bob and Robin are a treasure to the town of Beallsville, the outside community, the friends who ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Make your choice Dear Editor, As Americans we have the freedoms most other countries don’t have, to express ourselves freely, but at what cost? Our words have enormous power! They can build us up or tear us down, be a blessing or a curse. Every day we listen to vicious, bitter, hateful ...

New experiences to enjoy and share

Columns

It is rather gratifying to grow enough food to have plenty to share. I’ve always grown flowers and ornamental plants. I think my grandmother’s petunias inspired me, and my mom relied on me to help care for — and occasionally save — all of her flowers and house plants. Prior to the ...

Parents and teachers beware The Blue Whale

Columns

As the summer season closes, school bells are starting to ring. I wish all area schoolchildren a safe, happy and memorable school year. I can’t believe all of my grandchildren will now be in school. Time certainly flies! If you follow my column, you know I recently spent some time in ...

Schools thank community

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Wednesday, Aug. 23, was an exciting day for our Harrison Hills City School District community. Three events were held this day beginning with our open houses, followed by the Back to School Rally, and the day culminated with the ground breaking for Harrison Central’s PK-12 new ...

Family thanks valley

Letters to the Editor

Dear Ohio Valley Community, Words cannot even begin to express our family’s appreciation for your love, support and generosity. We lived through the most heart-breaking and difficult time of our lives following Dominic’s cancer diagnosis. We would not have come through this battle in one ...

A ‘purrfect’ cause

Editorials

Recent developments in Belmont County have brought bad news and good news for our feline friends. Due to budget concerns and space constraints, the Belmont County Animal Shelter has stopped accepting cats. Officials there are seeking homes for the cats already housed there, Dog Warden Lisa ...

Get connected for safety

Editorials

It seems we are all connected to one another all the time these days. People of all ages have cell phones in their pockets everywhere they go. Children carry them at school, their parents carry them at work, and their grandparents take them shopping or out for the daily walk they enjoy during ...

Enjoying a day of shopping at the mall

Columns

When was the last time you took a walk through the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville? I had the chance to do that on Friday. It was my husband’s birthday; Mike was in the market for some new shirts and ties for work, and I was happy to get those for him since I hadn’t taken time to ...

A final thank-you

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The last chapter is in the history books. “The Final Cruise” was held July 22, 2017, at the former Quality Motor Cars by Butch Miller. We awoke to a very dreary Saturday morning anticipating a low turnout. Registration was at an all-time low, but spirits would not be ...

Thanks for support

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Kudos to the St. Clairsville Public Library and its staff for opening up this year’s summer reading program, “Build A Better World,” in grand style. All of the library engineers and operators reported to the site to make sure that everyone was being taken care of and ...

Giving proper credit

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Recent articles regarding Great Western School and the renovations made possible by Ohio University and the Belmont Tourism Council were interesting to read. However, as a former student of that school, I noticed that they failed to mention Ann Rattine, who has been a driving ...

Celebrating home

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Kudos to all those responsible for the organization and production of the New Athens Bi-Centennial Celebration. We would like to thank all those, too numerous to mention by name, for their personal resources to make it happen. From the museum dinner and dance Friday evening; ...

On the lookout for kids

Editorials

Most schools are back in session across Eastern Ohio, and those that haven’t yet started classes for the 2017-18 academic year soon will. That means elementary, middle and high school students will be walking to and from classes and bus stops each weekday morning and returning home from them ...

Get finances in order

Editorials

What else hasn’t been handled properly in Bellaire municipal government? That question may be on the minds of some residents — as it should be, in view of news from the Village Council meeting last week. It was revealed during the meeting that for 15 years, no one in the water ...

Mothball monuments to painful periods

Columns

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. That doesn’t change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against ...

White supremacists cannot take America back

Columns

The White Supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It’s true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of ...