Opinion.

Alumni a good resource

Editorials

Young people often wonder when they will ever use some of the lessons they learn in school. They may believe completing their assignments and exploring fields they aren't all that interested in is a waste of time. For those reasons, educators are always seeking ways to demonstrate to students ...

Honor well deserved

Editorials

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana was the first to observe that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That is a philosophy one local man took to heart so completely that he has dedicated the past few years of his life to ensuring we don’t forget the ...

Apply for special funding

Editorials

Local nonprofits should take advantage of a special opportunity to fund projects that attract people to our area. Continuing an annual tradition, the Belmont County Tourism is again offering its Grant Assistance Program. The program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations from Belmont ...

Repeat offenders very dangerous

Editorials

Let us hope Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato is wrong about the 30-year-old woman he sentenced to a year in prison. Unfortunately, Fregiato may be correct in his assessment of people like her. On Tuesday, Fregiato ordered the woman spend the next year behind bars. He ...

Guard against the cold

Editorials

Much of the nation — including all of the Buckeye State and our local region —is in the midst of a deep freeze, and there is no relief in sight for several days. That means that we all need to take extra precautions to guard against the dangerous cold. We also need to watch out for one ...

Protect against the flu

Editorials

It’s that time of year again -- flu season, All across the nation -- and around the globe, for that matter -- there are widespread reports of a serious strain of influenza. Unfortunately, creators of this year’s vaccine against the illness seem to have missed the mark. Reports indicate ...

Looking forward to all that 2018 holds

Columns

What are you looking forward to in 2018? As the years come and go, it can be difficult to manage expectations. Sometimes we want something so badly that it can be hard to plan realistic ways to achieve that goal. Other times it can seem as if one year simply runs into another, with very ...

Cheer to a new year

Editorials

Today is one of the most special days of the year. It is a time to look back on 2017 - the good and bad things that happened to each of us, as well as to our communities and the world. It is a time to reflect on accomplishments and on how quickly our kids have grown. It is also a time for ...

Keep shopping local

Editorials

The hustle and bustle of holiday gift shopping is past, but some of the best sales of the season have just begun. Area residents should remember, though to support local businesses by shopping close to home, rather than just searching for cyber sales. Many of the same small stores and ...

Improve financial literacy

Editorials

You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money ... then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you are due. The clerk, ...

Proper holiday cleanup

Editorials

Christmas has come and gone, and there’s a good chance that many local families now have several bags of waste material to deal with. All of those gifts that were distributed came with paper and plastic packaging. They were also wrapped in brightly colored paper or placed in festive boxes or ...

Protect pets from cold

Editorials

Winter has officially arrived, along with the type of harsh weather conditions we should expect this season. Already our local area has experienced nighttime temperatures in the teens this fall. Forecasts call for more of the same in the coming week. Predictions contain some rainy days and ...

Cera right about reform

Editorials

Constantly advancing technology is an invitation to waste and corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much. Likewise, most people have some idea of what it takes to repave a road ...

Happy Hanukkah

Editorials

While the majority of Eastern Ohio residents are preparing for Christmas, Jews here and around the world are celebrating Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the liberation of the Jews of ancient Israel ...

Celebrating the holiday season in many ways

Columns

I am having quite the festive holiday season! I had the opportunity to attend another Christmas party last week. Except for the fact that both events featured some magical entertainment, the gathering was quite different from the Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department affair, but it was ...

Theater fire serious

Editorials

On Tuesday, local firefighters responded to an incident that could have had a tragic outcome. Cumberland Trail Fire District Lt. John Yemich said firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the AMC movie theater at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville at 10:16 a.m. that day. When they ...

Full transparency on chemical disclosure

Columns

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there is an out of state group creating confusion about Ohio’s chemical disclosure process as it specifically relates to oil and gas development. It is unfortunate that some will try to use fear, uncertainty and doubt to cause panic about an ...

Step down immediately

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for ...

A taste of the holidays with valuable volunteers

Columns

A week ago today I got my first real taste of the Christmas season. I do mean that literally -- I got to enjoy a fantastic meal, prepared especially for the Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department by Donna Steadman. Donna is the director of the Centerville Senior Center, where the VFD held ...

U.N. fails in core mission

Editorials

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past ...