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Editorials

Rules may improve events

Few methods of attracting people to a city’s downtown business district beat special events such as festivals and street fairs or entertainment. Steubenville City Council members understand that, but they also recognize that simply throwing downtown streets open to all comers is not ...

Get out and vote

On Tuesday, it will once again be time for us to do our duty to our country and our communities. Tuesday is Election Day in Ohio. We will not be voting to select the most powerful person in the land, nor will we be choosing the voices that will speak for us in Washington, D.C., or Columbus. ...

Reduce driving dangers

Driving in some areas of Wheeling can be frustrating during the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park. Long lines of cars and trucks exiting Interstate 70 and on sections of U.S. 40 and W.Va. 88 leading to the park are common during the event, especially in the early ...

Handling hazardous materials

The world is an uncertain place and, although we here in Eastern Ohio generally feel safe as we go about our daily lives, anything can happen at any time. That is why sessions such as the one held Wednesday at the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency headquarters are so important. ...

Keeping meetings open

Why is it that so many government officials cannot seem to get it through their heads that the public’s business ought to be done in public if at all possible? Retreating behind a closed door - officials prefer the euphemism “executive session” - is never desirable. When closed meetings ...

Collecting what’s owed

It was good to hear last week that collection of child support payments in Ohio is better than in the past — up to nearly 70% of what is owed. But 70% is, well, nothing to brag about in Belmont County. There, the county Child Support Enforcement Agency has a 79.59% collection ...

Getting results

The idea that if we just throw enough taxpayers’ money at a problem, it will go away was discredited years ago. Yet we continue to try that approach, probably wasting billions of dollars nationwide that could be put to better use. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office may be trying ...

Accept smoke alarms

Some local volunteers are about to embark on a life-saving effort - and everyone who has the chance should take advantage of the opportunity. The Wolfhurst Volunteer Fire Department is working with the American Red Cross to help ensure area residents are protected from the hazard of ...

Set-aside plan good idea

It will be interesting to see how Steubenville water Superintendent Jim Jenkins’ experiment works out. His approach to it gives him a good chance of succeeding. Steubenville’s water system is a train wreck that occurred years ago. As we have pointed out, municipal officials in the past ...

Time to mend fences

Things have gone from bad to worse in recent months for the city of St. Clairsville. It’s high time residents and city leaders started taking steps to mend the damage. Debate over whether to privatize the municipal water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems has divided the ...

Promising steps

Finally, some good news about local health care was announced on Wednesday. In the wake of three Ohio Valley hospitals closing their doors within the past six months, Trinity Health System of Steubenville revealed that it is taking steps to stabilize the future of health care in Belmont ...

Use caution on the river

The mighty Ohio River is a great asset to our region and the nation, but it also is a potentially dangerous waterway that should be respected by those who live, work and play on and around it. Last week, local health officials warned of a new danger on the river. Belmont County Health ...

Residents deserve answers

As St. Clairsville officials near a decision on whether to sell the municipal water system to a private company, it is becoming more and more clear that the city's H2O infrastructure is, well, a wreck. City council members recently were told the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is ...

A facility for all

Surely there is a way Steubenville-area residents with special needs can enjoy a recreation field that also serves those who do not have to cope with physical limits. The idea of a “miracle field” does not have to be an either-or proposition. An organization called Urban Frontier has ...

Mental health care key

The situation regarding Ohio Valley Medical Center is no longer just an emergency. It is a looming crisis. News that acute care and emergency medical services at OVMC were being suspended Wednesday came as quite a shock. It’s owner, California-based Alecto Healthcare, had projected OVMC ...

Rules exist for a reason

Most people take it for granted that products and services available on the open market are safe. But only vigilance by local, as well as state and federal, regulatory agencies makes that feeling of protection possible. Good for the Jefferson County Health Department, as well as local law ...

Don’t drink and drive

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is on a mission — an important one designed to help keep us all safe. This Labor Day weekend marks the conclusion of a two-week period o enforcement focused squarely on impaired driving. The name of the initiative is “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” but ...

Reject political meddling

Voters in every state, including ours, ought to be outraged at what is going on in Maine. There, massive outside intervention in an election is occurring — and the Russians have nothing to do with it. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, made headlines last year when she announced she would ...

Punish pushers

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Ensure residents are informed

St. Clairsville, the seat of government for Belmont County, is a divided city right now. The big point of contention is whether or not to privatize the municipal water and wastewater treatment systems. Some city leaders seem to strongly favor privatization — specifically, they want to sell ...