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Editorials

Solving Appalachia’s challenges

Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission has been dedicated to improving the economic health of Appalachia. Over $4.5 billion has been invested, from small business assistance to broadband deployment to workforce development. The key to ARC’s success comes from the agency’s guiding ...

Taking hazing seriously

For too long, colleges have had a look-the-other-way mentality when it came to fraternity (and sorority) hazing. For generations, these practices have gone beyond simple bullying of students or stunts to prove “worthiness” for joining. Hazing too often moves into dangerous and even ...

Library funding right move

State legislators made the correct move when they decided to retain the same level of pubic library funding in Ohio’s biennial budget. Earlier talks had called for cuts to that funding, from 1.7 percent of the budget to 1.66 percent of the overall tally. Although that sounds like a small ...

Improved ride safety

t to the first full fairs and festivals season since 2019 should have safer options for fun after the passage of Tyler’s Law, which went into effect last November. Named, for Tyler Jarrell, who died after being thrown from a ride at the Ohio State Fair in 2017, the law is meant to increase ...

Celebrating summer fun and fireworks

After a long hiatus, some of our favorite fairs and festivals are making a comeback. Cancellations made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic last year halted familiar events, such as Betty Zane Days in Martins Ferry, portions of the Belmont County Fair, the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival and many ...

Prepare for the unexpected

A few days ago, Mother Nature caught many of us off guard. On Wednesday, a wickedly windy thunderstorm swept through the area, tossing trash cans, lawn furniture and other items about as if they weighed nothing. Numerous trees and branches fell in the western part of Belmont County, blocking ...