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First lady addresses inaugural Native American youth summit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason.""Each of you has something that you're destined to do, whether that's raising a beautiful family, whether that's ...

Confederacy

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,I would like to compliment those elected officials, many of whom conversely happen to be Republican by party affiliation, for advocating for the removal of the battle flag of what may have been the Confederate States of America from flying on governmental/public property in a number ...

Disruptions

Editorials

THIS WEEK'S disruptions related to technology didn't seem to be a cyber intrusion, according to FBI director James Comey, but they do prove that more initial programming is needed so human beings can better manage all the advances.It appears to be a case of too much, too soon.Some think that ...

Overflowing GOP field creates concern for Fox

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the stuff of Republican nightmares: Fox News runs out of advertising time.But in an election bursting with money from an expected 17 Republican presidential candidates and dozens of outside groups supporting them, NCC Media, the company that handles placement of political ...

Bobby Jindal touts Louisiana as ‘most pro-life’ state

Columns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Seeking traction for his stalled presidential campaign, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal boasted to anti-abortion activists Thursday that he leads the "most pro-life state" in the country, and sought to position himself as a warrior for conservative Christians.Jindal's speech at ...

Drug Court

Editorials

BEING DEPENDENT on drugs and/or alcohol affects more than the addicted individual.Instead of just adversely affecting one person's life, it affects entire families and society itself.Many times, it also results in crimes.In Belmont County, there is a strong way to counteract these problems, and ...

Grayson to enter race for Sen. Rubio’s seat

Columns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, an unapologetically outspoken critic of Republicans who calls himself a congressman with guts, will enter the race to replace Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a close friend and major Democratic Party donor said Wednesday.Trial lawyer John Morgan ...

Rubio inspires, yet experience question lingers

Columns

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Marco Rubio is campaigning for president on the promise of a better future and on his powerful personal story about the American Dream.As he treks across Iowa this week, however, he often leaves unmentioned a record of accomplishment that is thin next to that of some ...

Gentile Praised

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,On behalf of the Yorkville-Tiltonsville-Rayland coalition, we write in strong support of Senator Lou Gentile's efforts to restore funding to our local communities and schools, and applaud him for taking a stand against the governor's two-year budget.Senate Republicans, along with ...

Sticky Situation

Editorials

SMALL STEPS can lead to major strides.That is what the Bellaire Citizens Action Group is hoping for with its initiative to remove used hypodermic needles from the All-American Town's landscape. The citizens' group installed three yellow collection boxes at various parts of the village last ...

Rubio on US economy: ‘The old ways no longer work’

Columns

CHICAGO (AP) - Offering an economic message that jabs rivals in both parties, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday outlined a plan to lower corporate tax rates, loosen Internet regulation and broaden college accreditation, in his first major domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate."We ...

Clinton jabs Republican field on immigration policy

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said a Republican in the White House would mark a "big U-turn" for the nation and assailed the GOP presidential field's stance on an immigration overhaul.Asked about Jeb Bush, the Democratic presidential candidate said: "He doesn't believe in a path ...

U.S.A. Gold

Editorials

THE STARS & Stripes were sparkling brightly Sunday evening.A Red, White & Blue celebration played out in Vancouver, Canada, as the U.S women's soccer team captured the coveted World Cup, just one day removed from Independence Day.It marked the first time the U.S. women have ...

Who will make us laugh during presidential campaign?

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) - A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices.David Letterman is gone, taking his unmatched ability to have serious conversations with public figures and not ...

The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

Columns

DENVER (AP) - Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and ...

Foster Care

Editorials

FOSTER HOMES play an integral part in today's society. Unfortunately, Eastern Ohio is experiencing a drastic shortage in foster families.Harrison County is the poster child for such a pressing problem. Currently, there are a mere four such families in the county. Ideal numbers would have that ...

Clinton reaches out (and out and out!) for policy ideas

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts.In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the ...

Cruz, Huckabee competing for evangelical votes

Columns

MILNER, Ga. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes this weekend, telling a megachurch congregation in Georgia that God favors the United States but warning that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of actions ...

Marriage

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,You can saddle up a sheep, but that doesn't make it a horse. A cat can have kittens in the oven, but that does not make them biscuits. You can fill a pool with sand, that does not make it water.It's the ancient, philosophical law of identity, or as Aristotle once said, "A is A." ...

Harrison Fair

Editorials

COUNTY FAIRS are the staple of the Ohio Valley summer entertainment scene. They offer something for everyone while bringing young and old alike together.We are fortunate in Eastern Ohio to have fairboards that take their annual shows passionately. County fairs are a year-round work in progress. ...