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Opinion.

Doing what you can

Editorials

If you are feeling a little squeamish about the idea of donating blood, just remember an Avon Lake, Ohio, man has done it in all 50 states ... twice. By the way, Al Whitney is 84. “I’ve donated platelets over 975 units,” Whitney told another media outlet. “On my bucket list — ...

Emailed votes improper

Editorials

St. Clairsville residents deserve better governance than they are getting from City Council. It appears that on Monday, council violated the Ohio Open Meetings Act by casting votes to appoint two members to the recreation board via email. During a meeting conducted by teleconference, members ...

Looking back at centuries of local history

Columns

As I have written here before, I have always been quite the history buff. Perhaps it is because I had parents and grandparents who were considerably older than those of my peers. I have always had an appreciation for doing things the “old-fashioned way” and for taking valuable lessons ...

Hypocrisy about illegal immigration

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Where is the useless Biden administration? Illegals crossing the borders, children and adults being housed in facilities over their capacities, reports of children being abused physically and sexually on their trip to the border and after crossing! If any child care facility ...

Guns kill

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The United States now has more guns (around 400 million) than people (330 million). Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. I keep pondering as to why any sensible person would want more than perhaps a shotgun and ...

CARA 3.0 will help Ohioans beat addiction

Columns

For years, the United States has struggled to overcome an epidemic of addiction that has devastated communities in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Use the time you have to make magic

Columns

Working from home has its advantages. Our neighbor, Bradley, came over at lunch last week. He is still going to school virtually. Bradley is 8 years old. Lynnda answered the door. “Bradley wants to know if you can come out and catch football.” I figured it’s lunch time so I went out to ...

A starting point

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom coming from a place where it seems preferable to live in holding ...

One step at a time

Editorials

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Vaccines on campus

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus, to get them a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine shot from Johnson & Johnson. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being ...

Drug court a success

Editorials

Among the goals of the drug court program in Jefferson County is to keep low-level offenders out of the prison system and give them the opportunity to make a clean start. In place since 2015 and under the direction of Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller, the program gives those who successfully ...

Eliminating litter

Editorials

On Easter Sunday, one could reasonably expect to see small pops of color scattered through the grass as spring flowers bloom and eggs wait for children to find them. Everywhere we look around the local region, there are colorful objects on the ground — but they are not signs of spring. ...

A season for miracles, both then and now

Columns

Easter is a miraculous day. Obviously, the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection is the reason that Easter exists. The Bible tells us in the New Testament that three days after the Romans crucified Jesus on the cross, he rose from his tomb and ascended bodily into heaven. While this is the ...

Time Fulfilled

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Good Friday and Easter commemorate the “price Jesus paid” to establish the Great Salvation. What was the “price” Jesus paid? Paradoxically, on the cross, Jesus’ priceless, resolute obedience completes the Great Commandment in his body of flesh that perfected faith, ...

Mainstream media sells distortion

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I only submit again from recently as to provide an Rx (prescription) for the media. Yes, The Times Leader as well. Get real! I swear, the Revolutionary, Lamppost, TownCaller who would yet proclaim support King George III would be close to tars and feathers if not stifling. ...

Turning to higher power in pandemic

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Masks, social distancing and vaccines are all great. I recommend this for everyone. But on social media, I hear little about a higher power. I know that churches do have prayers for the coronavirus, and that is good. ...

Cruz puts politics before people

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Is it now becoming quite obvious that the junior U.S. senator from Texas, Ravael Edward “Ted” Cruz, is working diligently to assume the demagogic leadership role of former President Donald J. Trump in the Republican Party, as much like the former president, Sen. Cruz appears ...

Exotic lillies, politics and empty tombs

Columns

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...

Having the mindset to help you get stuff done

Columns

I was in my local grocery store and saw something I had not seen in over a year, four cartons of disinfectant wipes in one spot! These were not the name brand. I went over to check it out. I assumed they were probably made in China. I assumed wrong. They were made in the USA and were cheaper ...

The importance of travel and tourism

Columns

As I prepared to write this column, I began to think about the pre-COVID days in the travel and tourism industry. I feel comfortable saying that most in the industry could not have predicted the impact that a pandemic would have on their business. When COVID-19 hit, the travel and tourism ...