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Highlighting a few of the victims of 9/11

This month we took time to remember the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 15 years ago, and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of Sept. 11. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war on terror ...

Autumn and an important election are on the horizon

Autumn arrives this week, and the signs are all around us. The weather doesn’t feel much like fall yet, but if you look closely you can see the vibrant green of the leaves beginning to fade. The trees that cover our rolling hillsides here in Eastern Ohio have just a hint of brown and ...

Ohio was home to some early abolitionists

The first 20 years of the American Republic  had been led by the Federalists, who were mostly from the northeastern states and against slavery. Those included Adams, Hamilton, St. Clair and others. Even though he held slaves, Washington often sided with the Federalists, but had declared ...

A bright blue sky and a sense of dread

The sky was exceptionally clear and blue when I left my house for work on Sept. 11, 2001. I was employed as the Marshall County bureau chief for The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register at the time, and I was happy to be out and about on such a beautiful morning. Because I live in ...

End of summer reflections on life, hope, love

Wow, where has the summer gone? Autumn is just around the corner, and I thought I would reflect a bit on the odd summer I’ve experienced and how the power of positive thinking can be very beneficial in our lives. If I feel the need to blame anyone for these incidents, I choose to blame the ...

Playing by the rules could save your life

Anyone who was lucky enough to kno w my mother knew that she did things by the book. My mom, the late Grace Compston of Belmont, was not someone who was overly impressed by authority figures. Once rules or laws were established, however, she followed them — regardless of whether she agreed ...