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Columns

Do the important to avoid doing the urgent

Filing income tax is important. I don’t like doing it even though we have an accountant who fills out the forms. I still must provide and organize the information. Typically I put off doing it until early April when the April 15th deadline is looming. What was important has become urgent ...

Biden’s student loan debt transfer abuse of power

Last week, President Joe Biden, without authorization from Congress, announced he plans to transfer roughly $500 billion worth of student loan debt from the borrowers who took out the loans to hardworking taxpayers across the country. Other presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have attempted ...

Embracing all aspects of ‘our newspaper’

Every day it seems we hear about what divides us. We hear it from news reports, we hear it via social media, we hear it from our friends and neighbors, and we even hear it from our president. You don’t need to hear it from me — you can hear it just about anywhere, and you can see it if ...

Belmont County Fair a tradition since 1849

The first weekend of September means it is officially fair season in Belmont County, and the Belmont County Fair is one of the best in the state. It is a celebration that everyone looks forward to, and an event that brings our communities together. The 173rd annual Belmont County Fair is set to ...

The importance of preparing for future opportunities

The late radio host, author and professional speaker, Earl Nightingale said, “Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity and opportunity is there all the time.” He added, when we have a great opportunity and aren’t prepared we can look foolish. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half ...

Seize the day — and the final days of summer

Where has summer gone? It seems as if I just pulled my shorts and summer tops out of the dresser. Yet here we are — high school football players to to the gridiron again last week, and nearly every local school will begin classes again in the coming days. All my life, I have heard that ...