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Opinion.

Make your voice heard

Editorials

The time is now, people of the Ohio Valley. Tuesday is Election Day in America. We will be voting to select the most powerful person in the land and choosing the voices that will speak for us in Washington, D.C., and in Columbus. We also have plenty of important choices to make at the ...

Living on the edge — stresses adding up

Columns

People are on edge. That is to be expected. After all, we are in the middle of a pandemic with very few solutions in sight. Sure, treatments for the illness known as COVID-19 are improving as doctors and scientists learn more and more about the coronavirus that causes it. Politicians and ...

Suffer little children

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, According to the American Civil Liberties Union 545 is how many children have been separated from their families by U.S. border officials in 2017 and 2018 and that still (as of Oct. 20) haven’t made contact with their parents. Separating — ripping from their parents arms — ...

Energy an economic winner; let’s not stop now

Columns

There’s no doubt that the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden will be full of political fireworks. There’s also no doubt that, whatever the outcome, Ohio’s energy sector will feel the impact. By now, Ohioans are used to the attention ...

OSU working with survivors

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A recent editorial about sexual abuse by former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss failed to mention that the university has reached settlement agreements with 185 survivors totaling $46.7 million. No taxpayer, tuition or restricted donor funds are utilized for these settlements, ...

Presidential election outcome to affect democracies worldwide

Columns

Operation Grant was launched as a joint mission of The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump to inform Ohio’s conservative voters of the grave threat Donald Trump’s re-election poses to democracy in America. What we didn’t count on, quite frankly, was just how far our ...

Believe in the power of optimism

Columns

A year ago this week, I ruptured both of my quads playing soccer. I spent two weeks in a hospital bed before surgery and a week after to recover. This was followed by a week in occupational therapy where I learned how to dress myself, get in and out of a wheelchair and transfer on a board ...

Voting is vital

Editorials

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

COVID-19 still rising

Editorials

More than 600 residents of our Eastern Ohio and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia are battling COVID-19 right now, according to public health agencies in both states. In truth, the numbers are higher than those reported, because state counts lag behind actual local totals. More ...

Doing our American duty

Editorials

It is time for all of us to do our duty for our nation, for our communities and for our families and friends. It is time to vote. The democratic process is the bedrock of America. By giving the people of the United States the opportunity to decide how they would be governed, our founders ...

Front porch moments could save America

Columns

Do you ever stop and wonder what it is that you need in your life? What about the things we all need in order to make life better for everyone? I may not have the answers to those questions, but one of my neighbors has a pretty good idea. Sarah Scott thinks we all need front porches where ...

OV Street Survivors thank sponsors

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The officers and members of the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club would like to thank the attached list of sponsors for their help in making the twenty-ninth Oglebay Good Zoo Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show the success that it was. Because of the businesses that ...

Advice for recent guest columnist

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, With respect to the recent article on the opinion page in The Times Leader on Sept. 6 by former Belmont County Republican GOP chairman Chris Gagin, who was reaching out to his MAGA friends regarding “How do I explain Trump’s America to my daughter?” I would like to help! ...

Open Sand Hill

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, It is becoming increasingly frustrating dealing with the closure of Sand Hill Road (County Road 4). This has been going on since late summer of last year. First there was a traffic light at the slip which was fine. Now however, the road has been completely closed since March. I ...

We are all part of a united nation

Columns

Our annual family reunions were a full day of fun. We had a large family. Almost everyone lived in the Pittsburgh area and most showed up. We could field two full teams for softball. In the evening, the men gathered at the keg. As a boy, it was a rite of passage when we were allowed to ...

Question for Ohio Conservatives: Is it better to be loyal or wise?

Columns

Ohio’s conservatives and right-leaning independents have a choice to make this fall: Is it better to be loyal or wise? The dictionary tells us “loyal” means, to be “faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.” To be “wise,” on the other hand, means one ...

Victims need help

Editorials

Belmont County commissioners recognized this as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That came after commissioners heard statistics on the problem in East ern Ohio. Last year, the Tri-County Help Center in St. Clairsville helped hundreds of people involved in domestic violence. To cite just ...

Restore Ohioans’ trust

Editorials

When an institution has a decades-long pattern of covering up or failing to acknowledge abuse by one of its own, it is necessary for both the wellbeing of the victims and of that institution to do everything possible to set the situation right. We see the degree to which institutions ...

Good use of funds

Editorials

Body cameras have become very important equipment for law enforcement personnel. If you have to ask why, you have not been following the news. Video and audio records of interactions between the public and law enforcement officers serve multiple good purposes. First, they protect good cops ...

Unacceptable behavior

Editorials

Unacceptable. That is the best way to describe any behavior that interferes with others’ right to cast their votes. And some of the behavior that has been occurring during early in-person voting in Belmont County this month is absolutely unacceptable. According to elections officials, ...