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Kent State

Editorials

MAY 4, 1970 will be a day that will always be painfully etched in Ohio history.On that fateful day, bloodshed spilled on the campus of Kent State University.Kent State students were protesting the Vietnam War, not uncommon on colleges throughout the U.S. during that time. Those Kent State ...

O’Malley’s record as Baltimore mayor under scrutiny

Columns

BALTIMORE (AP) - Martin O'Malley often casts Baltimore as the comeback city that overcame the ravages of drugs and violence when he was mayor.Now, weeks before the former Maryland governor expects to enter the 2016 presidential race and challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic ...

In S.C., GOP hopefuls run against Obama, terrorism

Columns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential hopefuls eventually will have to start running against each other. But, for now, many are content to run against President Barack Obama, Iran and Middle East extremists.At the South Carolina Republican convention on Saturday, Jeb Bush, the former ...

‘Gay Issues’

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorAs President, Obama, has used gay rights as as lightning-rod issue to divide American, what we obviously have with Obama is a politician who said his view had "evolved" to support same-sex marriage - but looks the other way to silence the views of millions of people whom have gone to ...

Senseless Unrest

Editorials

FOR?THE past week, the city of Baltimore has been in turmoil after the death of a prisoner in police custody. Residents have taken to the streets in protests that have resulted in riots and looting of businesses. Curfews were in place and police presence was heavy in the streets.The question ...

St. C. High grad receives NASA award

Columns

A MAN with local ties has received a prestigious award from NASA.William Doug Thomas has been awarded the Silver Snoopy Award. It is the highest award given out by NASA's Astronaut Office. He recently reached his 26th anniversary working with NASA's Human Spaceflight programs.The award is ...

National Day of Prayer planned Thursday

Columns

"LORD, HEAR OUR CRY," is the theme of this year's "National Day of Prayer" being observed on Thursday, May 7.In St. Clairsville, the ceremony will take place at the Belmont County Courthouse Plaza with music by Rachel Beck at 11:30 a.m. At noon, prayers will be said for Government, Church, ...

Portman taking careful steps in re-election bid

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is maneuvering with care as he runs for re-election in a swing state while cautiously supporting a free-trade deal that even some fellow Republicans fear could lead to job losses back home.The former U.S. trade representative backed the fast-track ...

A good mother is a true blessing

Columns

This is the time of year when we honor our moms. It's always observed the second Sunday of May.Granted, we all have (or had) a mother. She's most likely the first person to hold us close upon our birth. I truly believe there are women who absolutely were born to be mothers, and others I feel ...

Walker a 2016 GOP force; might Govs. Kasich, Snyder jump in?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wisconsin's Scott Walker has emerged as a force in the 2016 White House contest. It's a position two other Republican governors from the Midwest, lesser known but similarly ambitious, undoubtedly would like to be in.Like Walker, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Snyder in Michigan ...

Documentary on Kent shootings resonates today

Columns

As a '79 graduate of Kent State University, I was eager to watch PBS' new documentary on the 1970 campus shootings, which killed four students and wounded nine others.By the time the program was scrolling final credits, I was reeling from a sense of the all-too-familiar."The Day the '60s Died" ...

As Bush touts fundraising haul, Clinton lowers expectations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Bush wants Republicans to know he's breaking fundraising records. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants Democrats to think she won't.While many Republicans expect Bush to have raised $100 million by the time he declares his candidacy, Clinton advisers say that's their modest goal ...

MF Dairy Queen

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorAs the building that had housed the Martins Ferry Dairy Queen, located at 1220 South Zane Highway in Martins Ferry for nearly half a century, is now "For Sale" and the iconic business it had within recently ceased operations.I would like to reflect on the many years of service this ...

Work Well Done

Editorials

IT IS no secret that the Ohio Valley embraces a worthy cause. The valley's humanitarian side has recently come to the forefront again.The generosity was delivered in the form of overwhelming support for the annual United Way campaign.WesBanco trust officer Kristie Barnett served as campaign ...

Paul faces tough questions from Orthodox Jewish crowd

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) - Looking to woo New York's Orthodox Jewish community, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul faced tough questions Monday about his support for Israel and his approach to foreign policy in the Middle East.The Kentucky senator spoke in front of a group of several dozen rabbis ...

UL Soccer

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorAn open letter to Union Local Superintendent Ben Porter and High School Principal Robert Mascolino,I, like probably both you grew up without soccer and when my children began playing, fell in love with the sport. My three kids all went on to play college soccer and still play adult ...

Shadyside levies

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,The primary election on May 5th, will have two renewal levies for the Shadyside school district to vote on. My questions are how can w the voters make a decision on how to vote i: e: for or against, when we no longer have access in the newspaper to a detailed income and expenditure ...

Beallsville High

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The injustice playing out in Switzerland needs to be brought to greater light. Many residents there now refer to their superintendent as King John. A better moniker may be the Jester of Toledo, as John Hall's flying circus, ...

WLU Turmoil

Editorials

Something has to give at West Liberty University. Declining enrollment gives WLU officials few options but to curb spending - perhaps by more than $1 million a year.An intelligent approach to the problem would be to seek help from students, faculty and staff in crafting a package of austerity ...

Iowans hear from GOP field on social issues

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For conservative Christian voters, the 2016 presidential race has almost too many options to take in.That array of choices - a "wonderful dilemma" in the estimation of Iowa voter Bill Campbell - was on display Saturday night as Republican hopefuls wooed evangelicals with ...