Opinion.

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Columns

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

Use caution on tax plan

Editorials

St. Clairsville Councilman John Tomlan proposed changes to the city income tax last week that likely will appeal to residents. He suggested lowering the current rate of 0.75 percent or even eliminating the tax. Tomlan, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 7, noted that the city recently took ...

A ‘haunting’ sound rings through the hills

Columns

I heard a strange sound as I was walking home the other night. My husband and I were preparing to have some work done on our driveway the next morning, so I parked on my brother's nearby property and walked a little farther than usual. As I made my way down Cider Press Hill in Belmont, the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Support St. C. pubic library levy Dear Editor: As a homeowner in the district served by the St. Clairsville Public Library, I am writing to urge people to vote FOR the upcoming half-mil levy for operations of our wonderful library. I am a former trustee of the library, and my wife and I ...

Expanded service needed

Editorials

You don’t hear a lot about municipal and county governments becoming involved in expansion of broadband internet service. That is because extending such access can cost really big bucks. Now, however, Belmont County commissioners are looking into what, if anything, they can do about areas ...

Support proposed plant

Editorials

Compared to the more than 1,000 men and women who once worked at the Ormet aluminum plant near Hannibal, the 20 full-time jobs possible at a natural gas-fired power plant proposed for the site do not seem like many. But it is better than nothing. It deserves the support of local ...

Consider both sides of Issue 2 before vote

Editorials

As early voting begins in Ohio, voters will see two state issues on their ballots. In this column, I will address the most confusing, most debated issue. Issue 2 — the Drug Price Relief Act — is a proposed law that would “require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs ...

Amendment needed to protect victims’ rights?

Editorials

Ohio Issue 1, commonly known as Marsy’s Law, is the Rights for Crime Victims proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. If approved on Nov. 7, it would “expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the ...

Answering the call

Editorials

At least one local school district is in need of help, and those who step up to provide it will benefit from the experience. Buckeye Local School District is experiencing a shortage of substitute employees this year. Those are the folks who step in to handle the duties of a regular employee ...

The beginning of OUE

Editorials

In 1956, a college education was an unattainable dream for most people who lived in or around Belmont County. Attending a college or university at that time was an expensive prospect that required area students to live on a campus far away from home while completing their studies. Most local ...

Sixty years of creating opportunities

Columns

I don’t believe I would be where I am today if Ohio University had not established a Belmont County campus 60 years ago. I had not been born when those first college-level classes were offered at Martins Ferry High School in 1957. My family had not yet moved to this part of the state, and I ...

Protecting free speech

Editorials

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no for safety reasons. “White nationalist” is the current term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt allowing Spencer ...

Levies work for residents

Editorials

Brookside residents have an important choice to make at the polls this election season. Village Council and the administration are seeking approval of a 1-mill tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot, hoping to generate the necessary funds to purchase a new dump truck for the village. The municipality ...

Don’t tolerate intimidation

Editorials

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Bruzzese is a well-known outdoorsman, and he was armed as he approached the courthouse in Steubenville that ...

Install smoke detectors

Editorials

Belmont County has been fortunate this week. A few structure fires occurred in various locations, but none had tragic results. Although one firefighter was injured responding to a blaze in St. Clairsville, he is recovering. Still, members of the family who occupied that home were lucky to ...

Drawing districts fairly

Editorials

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Improve campus safety

Editorials

For many years, standard practice on many college and university campuses was to minimize, even cover up actively, reports of crime affecting students. That is changing, in some measure because of federal law insisting on honest campus crime reporting. With that in mind, reports of crime at ...

Improve mortality rate

Editorials

It appears the Buckeye State and its residents need to do more to protect the youngest Ohioans. In a report released last week, the Ohio Health Department said the number of infant deaths increased slightly in 2016 compared with the previous year. The report states that 1,024 babies died ...

Preserving local history

Editorials

When we think about the history of the Ohio Valley, our industrial past immediately comes to mind. Nearly every family that has lived here for at least a generation or two has one or more members who was employed as a coal miner or steelworker. Today, natural gas and oil exploration and ...

Building trust on duty

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...