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Opinion.

Do your part in virus battle

Editorials

Like it or not, we are facing an uphill battle against an invisible enemy. Being angry about the new coronavirus won’t stop it. Denying the reality of the situation won’t change it. Resenting the precautions that can help slow its spread won’t make them unnecessary. That is why we, as a ...

What a big difference a year can make

Columns

What was on your mind this time a year ago? You probably were thinking about sending your children or grandchildren back to school. Maybe, if you were gardening, you were concerned about conditions that were too hot and dry. Chances are fairly good that you had made some recent memories at ...

Emergency funding needed

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Elected officials across the country are debating solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Health Centers are key to ensuring everyone can access affordable, quality health care, during and beyond the pandemic. They are locally run yet part of a national network ...

Testing our mettle — Ohio safe, Ohio working

Columns

COVID-19 has certainly disrupted life as we know it. While many of us may have experienced fear and anxiety that accompanies uncertainty, I find solace in a saying my parents used to share, “you can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it.” As I have ...

Praise for a dear friend

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, With all that is going on today, I would like to tell you about a special person that makes life better in our area. Her name is Lillian Payne, I call her “Cookie Lil.” She is a widow with married children. She loves to cook and bake. She will call her children and ...

What — and how — are you thinking? Anything is possible

Columns

I just finished an interview for the First Light Show airing nationally on Westwood One next week. We talked about how and why we need to bring manufacturing back to the USA creating high wage jobs. Our Region is advantaged because of our proximity to markets, abundant natural gas and natural ...

The bomb wasn’t necessary

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The United States is the only country to detonate nuclear weapons against an enemy. Seventy-five years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945, atomic bombs (Little Boy and Fat Man) were detonated by America on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. They killed over 110,000 instantly and about ...

Informing the public

Editorials

Since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in our region, we have suggested that public health officials should provide localized information about the disease. Knowledge about precisely where it is prevalent would give local residents more power to avoid becoming infected. In ...

Take steps to stop flooding

Editorials

St. Clairsville is not the only area community where some residents find raw sewage backing up into their homes during heavy rainstorms. Unfortunately, no one seems to have a good, permanent solution to the problem. But two members of St. Clairsville City Council, Terra Butler and Perry ...

Make shutoffs last resort

Editorials

Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across America, some policies that were put in place a few months ago to ease the burden of financial hardships resulting from the outbreak are expiring. The state of Ohio in March asked municipalities and utility companies to refrain ...

Simple pleasures — making potholders

Columns

Do you ever think back to things you did when you were a child and wish you could do them again? Well, in many cases, there is no reason that you can’t (unless maybe the activity you have in mind involves being smaller or more flexible than you are today). Some time ago, I remembered ...

Economic reporting discrepancies

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As the economy of our great nation, which had been undeniably quite good until the onset of COVID-19 several months ago, appears to be, by his and his Republican cohorts, the greatest “accomplishment” of his presidency as indicated on numerous occasions by President Donald J. ...

Help is available

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Many Ohioans are having a tough time paying their bills because of the pandemic — and we want to help. I urge Columbia Gas customers to reach out to us now. We can work with you on affordable payment plans and provide information on assistance programs. Here’s some good ...

Help find source of problem

Editorials

Dealing with a contaminant in Bridgeport’s water system appears to be a relatively simple matter — for now. But until the source of the problem is identified, it could remain a headache for village officials and residents. Last week, village officials were notified that tests ...

A good deal for Eastern Ohio

Editorials

It is always refreshing to see groups of people working together for the common good. That appears to be what has happened in Martins Ferry in recent months. There, city leaders have worked long and hard to help attract a buyer for East Ohio Regional Hospital — and to make it possible for ...

Finding the morally ‘right’ way

Columns

For the last 17 years, I have been blessed to take 60 to 75 kids, not including adults and junior counselors, camping. The majority of these kids are from kindergarten to the sixth grade. A number of them have never left the city and it is their first time camping. We enjoy seeing ...

Let’s learn from our previous experience

Columns

It was first noticed in Los Angeles in June 1981. Five otherwise healthy, white gay men were diagnosed with a rare lung infection. All five also had other uncommon infections, leading doctors to believe their immune systems were compromised. All five died. The U.S. Centers for Disease ...

The time is now

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As I sit here in my backyard on this beautiful July morning, I have a rush of thoughts that have come to mind. In the six decades that I have been on this Earth I have, from afar, witnessed the happenings in this world. As I reflect on these things I notice that my ...

Advisory group urges use of masks in Ohio

Columns

The spread of COVID-19 has affected all Ohioans. Our front-line workers, including health care professionals and first responders, and all those who went to work in uncertain times deserve our great thanks and respect. They and their families also deserve each of us doing all we can to limit ...

Imagining a brighter future for the Ohio Valley and America

Columns

For Father’s Day, my oldest son gave me a wind chime. We hung it off the back porch. My wife, Lynnda, likes wind chimes and was looking forward to hearing it. Eating lunch out on the porch she complained, “The chime isn’t working very well.” I told her, “We don’t get a lot ...