Opinion

Why would you want Vladimir Putin as a friend?

Columns

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more ...

Deter abuse of children

Editorials

Rarely does a month go by without us having to publish a police or court report involving an adult who has victimized a child sexually. Earlier this month, in fact, two men were indicted in Jefferson County, one for an offense involving an 8-year-old and the other for conduct with a ...

Making America’s plans for future wars

Columns

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after ...

Success not an option for some on health care

Columns

If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. The path of the just-killed Senate bill had plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made ...

Impeaching Trump would be unwise move for leftists

Columns

1. Dear Media: Despite your hysterical obsession with impeaching President Donald Trump, most voters don’t care about Russia. They don’t care, because they know you don’t really care. If government integrity truly mattered to you, then you’d have been upset about the Obama ...

Crews cleaning up in Belmont County

Columns

I’ve seen something happening in recent weeks that brings a smile to my face. Crews have been spending time on the sides of roadways around Belmont County picking up litter. While I hate the fact that all of that trash has been strewn about in the first place, I am glad that someone is ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

McConnell wrong on health care bill Dear Editor, Mitch McConnell delayed consideration of the Republican “health care bill” because Senator McCain had to have surgery that will keep him from D.C. for an unspecified amount of time. I wish the senator well, but this bill is coming back ...

Planning ahead in Ferry

Editorials

Martins Ferry city government dodged a fiscal bullet this year. Municipal officials cannot count on that happening in the future, however. City Council members approved an $11 million budget for fiscal 2018 during their meeting last week. Helping to keep that budget balanced — as well as ...

Media aiding Trump foes via leaked info

Columns

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with Russians to hack the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the ...

Use troops for demolition

Editorials

Several communities in the Ohio Valley could use up their entire annual budgets on a single project — demolishing dilapidated buildings — if they did not have other spending priorities. But critical services must be maintained, so many of the junk structures remain standing. Several ...

Our tax code has become a ‘rotting carcass’

Columns

Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, ...

Swamp’s being drained, and serpents are surfacing

Columns

If you want to read what official Washington thinks, you need only pick up a copy of the Washington Post. It’s filled with doomsday articles about President Donald Trump’s administration. The latest discusses how several of his Cabinet secretaries are at odds with their permanent staffs. ...

Divulging mental illness in new relationship

Columns

Dear Annie: It’s no secret that there is a stigma when it comes to mental health in today’s society. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression for several years now, and I’m fortunate to have it “under control,” so to speak, thanks to therapy and medication. I like to ...

Possible causes of post-surgery cough

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: A year ago, I had cardiac bypass surgery. Everything went great: I had no pain. In a sense, it didn’t even feel like any surgery took place, except for the incision and drainage tubes, which were a good physical reminder. About a day or two after getting home, I started ...

Recycling request

Columns

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about recycling: “Dear Heloise: We all live on one planet with dwindling resources and a growing population. So why don’t more people recycle as much as they can? I would encourage folks who think it’s too much trouble to recycle to reconsider. Got ...

An emerging threat

Editorials

A health threat that has been around for several years is becoming more common in the local region, so area residents should learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Lyme disease is a dangerous illness that is spread to humans through tick bites. Its symptoms include fever, ...

Yet another Jamboree is in the books

Columns

Another Jamboree In The Hills comes to a close today, marking the midway point of summer in the Ohio Valley. This year, I am covering the show from start to finish, and I’ve seen all the old familiar sights — fields full of campers, shirtless men and bikini-clad women, people buying more ...

Turning a new chapter, the pastor takes a wife

Columns

I am told that over the last several years that every July, I wrote about love. Personally, I never noticed it, but I do believe it to be true. So why break the trend now! Over the last 12 years, I have been a single parent, after being blessed to be married for the previous 30 years. After ...

Clean air protection

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is threatening to eliminate an important clean air protection rule. The rule, which requires oil and gas drillers to use existing technology to reduce the leakage of methane and other harmful pollutants into the ...

Happy with life in Bellaire

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Here is my daily entry in my diary I’ve been keeping since 1982: PTL for a wonderful dreamy nights’ sleep. I had a very happy dream. I dreamed I was in a foreign land. God is blessing me with wonderful ways to praise Him. Each day I can exclaim, “It’s a wonderful ...