Opinion.

Is summer really winding down already?

Columns

Like it or not, we have turned a corner and summer is beginning to wind down. Signs that the season has nearly run its course may be hard to notice at this point, but they are there. The leaves on a few trees have become tinged with orange and yellow. Despite all the rain our region has been ...

Ohio taxpayers can follow their money

Columns

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C. I believe that when we make government small in ...

Feeling the love

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, This is in response to the letter from Rev. Dalton Hinds of Freeport in the Sunday, June 25, Times Leader. He stated that he felt that the sentencing of the Belmont County dog killer was too harsh and he would have done the same thing on his property. Thank God for small favors ...

Oppose self-interest

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The one thing that bothers me the most by the ardent Trump supporters is that their commitment to Trump is almost always against their own self-interests. Polls show Trump strongly holding onto his core — mostly low income — supporters, which is about 30 percent of the ...

A positive impact

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, On Sunday, May, 7, 2017 the 10th annual Martins Ferry Hall Of Honor Induction Ceremony was held in the Martins Ferry High School Cafetorium where to date a total of 54 of Martins Ferry’s most outstanding citizens have been inducted as honorees into this most prestigious ...

Outpouring of love

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I was truly moved by the outpouring of love shown by the citizens of the Ohio Valley on Sunday, July 23, while searching for a missing dog. My daughter, Raynelle Rickly, was traveling from a rodeo in Negley, Ohio, to her home near Lancaster via State Route 7 and I-70. Naturally ...

Go back to class

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The recent Sunday opinion page demonstrated once again the mental gymnastics of those determined to promote Trump and their version of conservatism. The Sunday school pundit weighed in with a rant about higher education and its promotion of “communist progressive ...

Note of appreciation

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, We, the people of Bellaire, sure appreciated the fireworks that Joey Galloway puts off on the 4th of July. A hometown boy comes back every 4th of July to put off the fireworks display. They were spectacular. The people that live in the Shepard Apartments really enjoyed them. ...

Happy motoring

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Since when did stop signs become a suggestion? I thought you are suppose to stop at those things. Happy Motoring. Larry G. Devine St. Clairsville

County money well spent

Editorials

Every year the Belmont County Board of Commissioners allocates $20,000 to a local nonprofit, and that appears to be a good investment. Last week commissioners recognized the role of Harmony House Child Advocacy Center while presenting the organization with its annual allocation of county ...

Effort to replace Sessions a page turner

Columns

Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the current primary campaign to pick the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. It illuminates, however, not a regional ...

Columbia University’s Mattress Girl is discredited

Columns

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, ...

Husband’s not dealing with out-of-hand loan

Columns

Dear Annie: I have been married for 23 years to my husband. I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 of those years and took care of our three sons (one who had special needs). Things have always been rocky in our marriage. When my youngest was in kindergarten, I returned to work, and I have worked ...

Plan for treating osteoporosis

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 61-year-old female, and my recent DEXA bone density scan resulted in measurements of -2.7 in the lumbar region and -2.1 in both femoral necks. My doctor recommended that I take bisphosphonates. I have read many negative things about this class of drug. My main concerns ...

Scholastic supply plan

Columns

Dear Heloise: I’m helping to buy SUPPLIES for my grandchildren for the upcoming school year. Here are some hints I use to stay organized and save money: Taking inventory of what they already have and can still use was my first step. What can be recycled? What can be repurposed? Next, ...

A step toward safety

Editorials

The village of Bellaire has reached a rather dubious milestone, but the people who made it possible should be commended. Since community installed bright yellow receptacles two years ago, the village has collected and properly disposed of about 2,500 used hypodermic needles, according to ...

The war in Vietnam eroded our trust

Columns

One day, (Marine Theodore Wallace) saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. “Sir, what are you doing?” he’d asked. “He’s probably supplying the (North Vietnamese Army),” the officer said. “What’s he doing out here ...

Families unplugged: screen time vs. face time

Columns

Did you and your family observe American Family Day around a dinner table, at a neighborhood pool, or on a walk in the park Sunday? If so, what did you talk about? How you survived the July heat wave? What you expect from your favorite team in the coming football season? Celebrated on the ...

Woman feels underappreciated for helping

Columns

Dear Annie: When my mom’s husband died, we moved her from another state to an assisted living facility a few miles from our house. We run errands for her, handle her bills and occasionally take her out for a meal, and we have her over one day every week for a home-cooked meal. After ...

Protect eyes during solar eclipse

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked eye, she is afraid that one of us will “accidentally look at the sky and go blind.” All the articles on the internet seem to deal with eye safety while ...