Opinion.

Evaluate water system

Editorials

Any questions about whether Steubenville officials need to take a comprehensive look at the city’s water system have been answered during the past several days. Shipments of bottled water into the municipality, use of mobile water tanks downtown and temporary closures of some businesses ...

Consider cost savings

Editorials

Bellaire officials simply cannot afford to be paying $8,000 a year to rent a computer that is virtually useless. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan is right to suggest that it be eliminated. Flanagan’s other idea, to do away with parking meters altogether, may require ...

Screening available

Editorials

January brings many things to our part of the nation. We’ve all been experiencing frigid temperatures combined with the snowy, icy conditions that can make life more complicated than usual. But January also is a time for raising awareness of an illness that can have a life-altering impact ...

New approach needed

Editorials

Americans have many worries on their minds, ranging from concerns about nuclear war with North Korea to terrorist attacks to allegations of sexual misconduct and political strife within our own borders. One of the most pressing issues for our nation - and our local region - is the ongoing ...

Seek real peace as we honor Martin Luther King

Columns

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Making Martin Luther King day more meaningful

Columns

Fifty years ago, a single bullet altered the course of a movement that was changing America for the better. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis when a sniper's bullet struck him in the neck. King was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he ...

The west bank of the Ohio River home to state’s first counties

Columns

Until the year 1788, the western border of the United States ended where Pennsylvania and Virginia met the Ohio River. Although settlement west of the Ohio was prohibited before then Martins Ferry had already been settled as a western expansion of Wheeling Virginia by 1779. When Congress ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sharing Tree 2017 Dear Editor, Well, another year has come and gone and there are so many people to thank for making this another successful year for the Shadyside Sharing Tree. It’s hard to believe it’s been going strong for 26 years. My mom, Bette Anne Ponzo, gets all the credit for ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Help appreciated Dear Editor, I cannot help but comment on the commentary in the Dec. 13 edition of The Times Leader on Kim Jong Un. It states that three renowned international jurists wish to have Kim charged with crimes against humanity for having camps, prison camps, where they keep their ...

Local man deemed hero

Editorials

The death of a young man always is sad. But when it involves someone who gave his life because he was doing a good deed for strangers, the loss is especially great. Michael Donnelly, a 38-year-old graduate of Steubenville High School, had moved to the Dallas, Texas, area. On Sunday night, ...

Ensure roads are clear

Editorials

Worn-out dump trucks can be patched up and pushed only so long before they break down beyond repair. During most of the year, that is not a serious challenge for local and state highway agencies. But during the winter months, lack of a few trucks normally available to treat snow- and ...

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 ...