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Opinion.

Harsh penalty merited

Editorials

An East Liverpool school bus driver arrested Saturday on a drunk driving charge faces more severe penalties than if he had been in his private car, we are pleased to report. Still, legislators in both our states ought to consider even harsher penalties for similar offenses. On Saturday ...

Keep judges nonpartisan

Editorials

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a ...

Success celebrated

Editorials

The smallest River Pilots in school at Hannibal have achieved something big — they earned recognition from the Ohio Department of Education. River Elementary School recently received a School Performance Award from the ODE. The honor was awarded for progress made during the 2018-19 school ...

Are Americans in the Iran conflict to win?

Columns

Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the region. Yes, that would ...

Trump’s critics are ignoring Iran’s record of violence

Columns

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s attacks on America this month and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both ...

Leftists are desperate to stop Biden’s campaign

Columns

Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The ...

Keeping kids safe

Editorials

Thank heaven she will be all right. That is the appropriate and no doubt widely shared reaction to an accident Monday in which a 10-year-old girl was struck by a car after she got off a school bus. Second in some minds will be the question of how this could have happened in our area. It ...

Seek jail solution

Editorials

We know that criminal activity comes with a high cost, but for one local community, it is literally costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of extra dollars. For years, Belmont County has been forced to house jail inmates at facilities outside the county. That is because the jail - ...

Help guide change — Get involved in community

Columns

It’s time for change in Eastern Ohio. In many communities across our region, transitions of leadership are taking place. With the first of the year, new mayors, council members and other local officials are taking office. In some cases, these changes are happening because sitting ...

What are your limits in 2020? Maybe none

Columns

I was walking around the house the other day looking for my walker. I asked my wife if she knew where it was. “It looks like you don’t need it” was the reply. Lynnda is partially right. I gave up the wheelchair for the walker two weeks ago. I can walk without any support easily for ...

Senator cites wins for Ohio on addiction, health care in 2019

Columns

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families. Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Dreams can give birth to change in 2020

Columns

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, I was poorly prepared for the “big day.” I have always been known as a very prepared and organized person. I bet that is why I’ve had the job titles that I have had in my professional life also — administration ...

New plan a plus

Editorials

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, frequently in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and ...

A growing problem

Editorials

It appears there’s a growing problem in the United States that will prove costly in terms of both health and money. That problem is obesity. A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine predicts that more than half of all American adults will be obese by 2030. Because it is ...

Letting Christmas past brighten the present

Columns

As I prepare to celebrate Christmas with my family this week, I find myself reminiscing about Christmases past and some of the experiences that are uniquely mine as well as those that I’m sure many of my peers will recall. Some of my favorite holiday memories involve music. It seems that ...

Making God’s dreams for us come true

Columns

A few weeks ago, I was at a Rotary meeting where John Moses, the CEO of Youth Service Systems, was the speaker. I was so impressed with it, I asked for permission to share it with you. It is a story about the power of relationships. This story as a drama, so let me tell you the cast of ...

Focus on positive memories this Christmas

Columns

I am blessed to recall our magical Christmases. Growing up we had a large family and only got one big gift from Santa and some small gifts from our parents. It always was enough. We knew we weren’t wealthy but we never felt poor. Maybe it was because we were surrounded by family. We ...

Grant fire hydrant funds

Editorials

The most effective, courageous firefighters in the world can do little to save property — and lives — without water. In municipalities, that requires that all fire hydrants must be kept in good repair. At least 14 of them in the village of Woodsfield need to be replaced. Municipal ...

Safeguards necessary

Editorials

Virtually any time efforts are made to ensure elections are honest and fair, critics claim voters are being “disenfranchised.” But should everyone attempting to vote be permitted to do so? Of course not. Cannot Democrats, Republicans and independents agree that there have to be some ...

Plan to participate in Census

Editorials

For many years, our region has struggled to keep its young people from leaving to seek higher-paying jobs and a better quality of life in other parts of the country. That exodus has been reflected in the annual population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. It recently came to ...