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Opinion.

Follow the guidelines

Editorials

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for inside serving on Thursday. They were cleared for outside service last Friday. Both steps are parts of a gradual reopening of all sorts of businesses across the Buckeye State. Many eateries had remained open for carryout and ...

Time to remove signs

Editorials

When residents of the Bridgeport area perceived that an injustice was occurring earlier this school year, they quickly rallied behind the man they saw as the victim. The Bridgeport Exempted Village Board of Education sought to solve a problem that had been plaguing the district for a couple ...

Ethics breach clear

Editorials

Would that government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules. Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat fishing trip ...

County a good option

Editorials

A plan being considered by St. Clairsville officials to resolve longstanding water system challenges sounds promising. Unless significant drawbacks are identified, it should be pursued — and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency should go along. Expensive repairs and upgrades to the ...

Watch out for others as we get back to business

Columns

Have you noticed the increase in activity? It’s only just begun, but it seems people are eager to embrace the transition of getting back to business as usual. In March, Gov. Mike DeWine, working in conjunction with state health department Director Dr. Amy Acton, closed schools and ...

Increase participation

Coronavirus

It appears that fewer people participated in the Ohio primary election than usual, at least in the local area. In a way, that is understandable. After all, our lives have been turned upside down in recent weeks as we have responded to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In another way, though, ...

Increase prison testing

Coronavirus

Prisons, as well as nursing homes, are high-hazard sites for COVID-19. Belmont County has become a hotspot for the coronavirus, with 107 cases by Sunday. County Health Deputy Director Robert Sproul said many of the cases are in nursing homes — and a prison. Thiry-one inmates at the ...

Make field plan possible

Editorials

A reasonable plan to play football at a field within the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District seems to be taking shape, and we believe the public and state and local officials should get behind it. Since 2018, the Bulldogs have been unable to play on their home field, because of flood ...

Auditor: Project adds up for county

Columns

In recent weeks, I have heard and read some debate about whether local communities are getting a fair deal out of the economic development agreement reached with PTTGC America for the proposed ethane cracker complex in our community. This debate is both healthy and important. As county ...

Finding comfort in familiar things at home

Columns

What have you rediscovered amid the COVID-19 pandemic? What I mean is, what old favorite or soothing things have you recalled or revived while following stay-at-home orders? I, for example, had forgotten just how refreshing a glass of Kool-Aid can be. A lot of people are complaining that ...

Ready for remote learning prior to pandemic

Columns

I do not intend to speak for everyone during this pandemic, which is dividing an already divided society; divided on many subjects including politics, religion, economy, and now, how we deal with higher education during a pandemic. However, I will speak to how this pandemic has affected ...

School closure correct

Coronavirus

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine -- like most residents of the Buckeye State -- is eager to get the state’s economy moving again. He has pledged to do that, in a measured manner. Although he is optimistic most of the time, he has cautioned the people of our state that there may be setbacks in the ...

Learn from pandemic

Editorials

No reasonable person can blame public school teachers and/or officials for not being ready for the COVID-19 shutdown. For years, in a much different context, many of them have been recommending two steps that, had they been implemented fully, would have helped students and teachers deal with ...

The return to ‘normal’

Editorials

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gained an enormous amount of credibility by the way he handled the COVID-19 outbreak in its early stages. Beyond any reasonable doubt, the Buckeye State approach, led by the governor, has saved lives. As of Friday night, the state had recorded 9,107 cases of COVID-19, ...

Remember to vote

Editorials

Ohio’s primary election, postponed until April 28 because of the COVID-19 epidemic, will be historic. It will be the first in memory that most votes will have been submitted by mail. Election Day has been set for April 28 — but the in-person voting to which most people are accustomed ...

Lift liquor ban

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine has handed a difficult situation well as he has led the Buckeye State through the novel coronavirus pandemic, but we believe he made a misstep last week. DeWine acted early and decisively to close schools, halt large gatherings and, ultimately, to instruct people to stay at ...

Are you ready for the second half?

Columns

We are over four weeks into physical separating and the shutdown of all nonessential businesses. The game isn’t over. COVID-19 is a challenging and persistent opponent. I teach my players to never fear and always respect their opponents. No opponent can ever be taken lightly, especially ...

Mowing, gardening and a positive attitude

Columns

Mowing season has begin in Eastern Ohio, where the grass will grow without any concern for the novel coronavirus pandemic that presently occupies all our minds. Already, I have mowed lawns once and at this writing they are due for another cutting. Doing that outdoor task takes my mind to ...

Hope

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Our nation and the world is under a terrible plague at the moment. We face possibly the worst pandemic since 1918. We are uncertain of what will happen to us and our loved ones. This is an unseen enemy and tonight my wife reminded me that there is one whose evil is even ...

Public must be heard on permits

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am in complete agreement with the editorial in the April 13, 2020, Intelligencer that an actual physical public meeting is essential regarding the injection wells proposed for a site near St. Clairsville. These wells would be handling shale gas extraction wastewater. The ...