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Letters to the Editor

Quality care forveterans is lackingDear Editor:How long should our nation's veterans have to wait for quality health care? In my view, if they must wait even one day longer at a Veterans Affairs hospital than the average American does at their private facility, that's too long. Yet at least one ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Gaffes make Trump less presidentialDear Editor,As a result of the recent questionable, but nonetheless quite accurate, statement made by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whose many intemperate and oftentimes offensive comments are making him appear at times more like a Charlie ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS to football teams from River, Harrison Central, Shadyside and St. Clairsville high schools for advancing to the playoffs Friday night and tonight.CHEERS to the actions being taken by those at the Belmont County Animal Shelter to encourage the adoptionof more homeless dogs and cats and ...

Who really should be moderating Democrat debates?

Columns

Where do Republicans get that special talent for turning gold to dross? They score an electoral "massacre" (The Economist) in 2014 and, a year later, what do they have to show for it other than another threat to shut down the government? Hillary Clinton is caught in email flagrante and Benghazi ...

Surrogate shows chutzpah Hillary should quickly quell

Columns

In this era of outsiders seeking the presidency, a notorious huckster has taken self-aggrandizement to a new level, challenging a bona fide Republican candidate to a debate - not with his favored candidate, Hillary Clinton, but with himself.David Brock - a confessed character assassin of ...

Voters agree: Markers bad for ballots

Columns

I was pleased to see a strong voter turnout across our region during Tuesday's general election. Many residents in all of our local counties took time out of their day to cast their ballots and play an important part in the democratic process.A wide variety of candidates and issues drew people ...

Photo brings back memories of veteran

Columns

Today's technology first revived and then verified fading memories of three veterans - a soldier and two sailors. A photo of the Pearl Harbor Memorial popped up on my computer, an email from my nephew in Honolulu on business. Was it true that the house my parents brought me home to from the ...

Election a success

Editorials

The 2015 general election has come and gone. And although there were dozens of races and issues on local ballots, poll workers and county elections boards made the process a smooth one.Voters across the Buckeye State rejected a constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana for ...

Penalty fits crime

Editorials

A Wheeling man pleaded guilty Monday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court to raping a child under the age of 12. He did so after Judge Frank Fregiato ruled the defendant was competent to stand trial.That decision left the man with a choice:?Accept a plea agreement or face a jury of his peers, ...

Embrace positive community traditions

Columns

It's hard to believe Halloween has come and gone already. Last night, little ghosts and goblins prowled the streets of many Ohio Valley communities, begging for goodies.Trick or treat is one of several Halloween traditions that bring back fond memories for me. Since most of the kids I grew up ...

Cast ballots today

Editorials

Residents of eastern Ohio, you have a job to do today.This is Election Day, and all registered voters have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Citizens 18 and older have the right -- and the responsibility -- to cast their ballots and be a part of our democratic process.Across the local ...

50 years of Sonny Boy

Editorials

What does it take to stay in business for 50 years? The list is long, and it includes determination, perseverance, optimism, patience, dedication and a commitment to meeting customers' wants and needs.Joe and Sherry Banco know exactly what it takes. On Sunday, they marked the 50th anniversary ...

Iran marches, Russia rules. Obama? He watches

Columns

Guess who just popped up in the Kremlin? Bashar al-Assad, Syrian dictator and destroyer, now Vladimir Putin's newest pet. After four years holed up in Damascus, Assad was summoned to Russia to bend a knee to Putin, show the world that today Middle East questions get settled not in Washington ...

50 years of Sonny Boy

Columns

What does it take to stay in business for 50 years? The list is long, and it includes determination, perseverance, optimism, patience, dedication and a commitment to meeting customers' wants and needs.Joe and Sherry Banco know exactly what it takes. On Sunday, they marked the 50th anniversary ...

Hillary Clinton says? It’s the sexism, stupid

Columns

It was inevitable that Bernie Sanders would be accused of sexism sooner or later.His day came over the weekend. At the signature Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa, Hillary Clinton hit the Vermont senator for saying in the first Democratic debate that "all the shouting in the world" wouldn't keep ...

Power to walk away mattes more than right to vote

Columns

Politicians from both major political parties often talk of empowering the middle class or some other group of voters. But in reality, they're just seeking power for themselves. It is important, of course, that we have the right to vote. But empowerment comes from freedom, not democracy.While ...

Giving back

Editorials

With the passing of Halloween, the holiday season is nearly upon us.With it will come many opportunities to help others.Few acts are as satisfying as giving back to our communities.Whether you make a monetary contribution or share your time and talents, giving to others can be very ...

Embrace positive community traditions

Columns

It's hard to believe Halloween has come and gone already. Last night, little ghosts and goblins prowled the streets of many Ohio Valley communities, begging for goodies.Trick or treat is one of several Halloween traditions that bring back fond memories for me. Since most of the kids I grew up ...

Replace smoke, CO2 alarm batteries

Columns

GOOD MORNING, Ohio Valley.We should all feel well rested after that one hour of extra sleep we got last night, that is, if we remembered to turn back the clocks one hour. Daylight Saving Time ended a 2 a.m. We are now on Eastern Standard Time.It won't be long and it will be getting darker ...

A look at 28 years of memories

Columns

WHEN YOU are in the world of news writing for more than 28 years, you meet a lot of people.As I look back over my career with The Times Leader, I have been blessed in many ways. Many people have met have enriched my life, made me a better person and some of them have become friends.Retirement ...