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Editorials

Combating blight

“Do as I say, not as I do” is never an effective way to lead. But it appears that is the message being sent in Steubenville concerning how renters will be asked to upkeep the properties they occupy. Steubenville City Council passed a zoning change earlier this month that includes language ...

Land bank’s work important

The Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp., usually referred to as the land bank, has done a tremendous amount of good in local communities in recent years. Now, the organization is helping an area nonprofit to achieve a goal that already has been a decade in the making. An effort is ...

Doing your part

"It’s been over 600 days of fighting and we’re tired,” Tracie Hayes, a COVID-19 surge unit nurse manager at Mount Carmel Health System, told WCMH in Columbus. “We’re asking for your help.” The help they need is for Ohio residents to be doing everything they can to slow the spread ...

Imagination Library embraced

March 2020 does not bring memories of the start of something wonderful. But it was. Here in Ohio, it was the launch of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Now, by one measure, Ohio has the highest percentage of kids enrolled in the country. According to WLWT in Cincinnati, ...

Every vote does count

Think your vote doesn’t matter, or that there’s no reason to participate in the election process as long as others remain involved? Numbers from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office indicate it’s time to think again. Now that all the dust has settled and all canvasses have ...

Embrace the future

Upper Ohio Valley residents know the jobs landscape in our communities is not what it once was. This is a long-term trend, punctuated by the heavy blows of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, the changes of the past few decades will mean employment will never again look as it did in, say, the ...