Opinion.

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 ...

Life-saving innovation

Editorials

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our state certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Get in the giving spirit

Editorials

'Tis the season for giving. Over the next few weeks, the vast majority of local residents will buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Many area Jewish residents will also exchange gifts as part of their Hanukkah celebrations, even though Hanukkah is not actually the “Jewish Chirstmas” ...

Take pride in our dialect and heritage

Columns

I read an interesting article last week about the Appalachian English dialect. I don't believe that Appalachian English is the dialect that I typically speak, but it certainly is a language that I know. Quite frankly, I don’t believe that most people who live in our portion of the Ohio ...

Shop closer to home

Editorials

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, ...

…And they were thankful

Editorials

Imagine crossing an ocean on a tiny, crowded wooden ship over the course of 66 days, only to land far away from your intended destination. Try to envision yourself battling exposure, scurvy and contagious disease for months while watching half of the people around you die. Fast forward a few ...

Safe holiday travels

Editorials

America is about to hit the road to celebrate the coming holiday. According to estimates released by AAA, 45.5 million people will drive our highways between Wednesday and Sunday to reach their desired destinations for Thanksgiving. It is traditionally one of the busiest holiday travel ...

Make time to stop and be thankful

Columns

What are you thankful for this year? It may be difficult to think in those terms as you gaze out the window at the dark and dreary days of November. Most of the bright and colorful leaves have fallen from the trees, leaving stark, empty branches reaching toward a dull and colorless sky. A ...

Do right thing on roads

Editorials

Energy companies are supposed to be making life better for us, not making our roads dangerous and/or impassable. Local, state and, if it comes to that, federal officials should back area residents concerned about that. Monroe County Engineer Amy Zwick, frustrated that three companies did ...

Demolition a success

Editorials

Dilapidated properties are a problem for many local communities. Even those townships and municipalities that generally have high property values often include at least a few sites that have been neglected and allowed to decay. Such properties are not just eyesores —they can also be ...

Important link and lesson

Editorials

Young people don’t know enough about our nation’s history, we adults sometimes worry. Especially, they do not understand the sacrifices made by those who serve us in uniform, we complain. Don’t mention that to fourth-graders at Bellaire Elementary School. They now understand what it ...

Driving around Amish requires anticipation, caution

Editorials

MARTINS FERRY — Motorists in eastern Ohio share interstate highways with all types of vehicles from across the nation, but they need to pay special attention in more rural areas where they are likely to encounter a different type of vehicle — Amish buggies. According to worldatlas.com, ...

Getting levies approved

Editorials

By our count, voters in the four East Ohio counties were asked to approve 61 tax measures during the election Tuesday. Fifty-five were approved, usually by large margins. Voters rejected just six of the property tax proposals. Two of those, in the Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school ...

Expand broadband access

Editorials

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Vote ‘no’ on Issue 1

Editorials

Ballot issues often come disguised as something they are not. In addition to the official information that identifies them on the ballot, they come with names designed to play on our sympathies or to mislead us into believing they will fill a void that does not exist. That appears to be the ...

Get out and vote

Editorials

Here we are again, rapidly approaching another Election Day. With President Donald Trump just nearing the end of his first year in the White House, there is no presidential race on the ballot. In Ohio, we won't elect a new governor until 2018. In fact, there are no high-profile state or ...