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In S.C., a Republican scramble to stand out

Columns

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Republicans making their pitch to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee aimed to out-do each other Saturday in arguing that President Barack Obama is a failed leader.But hitting Obama with the usual critiques - from his 2010 health care overhaul to allegations of ...

Sanders has had four decades to rehearse stump speech

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Once a democratic socialist, always a democratic socialist. Once a scold of big money in politics, still a scold.No one can accuse Bernie Sanders of flip-flopping over his four decades in public life. Rock steady, he's inhabited the same ideological corner from which he ...

Libraries Are Vital

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,Saying that libraries are a thing of the past is like saying that life-long learning is no longer important or that stories are no longer enjoyed. As the source of information, entertainment and enrichment, the Library is more vital and alive than ever before.Along with paperback, ...

Happy Mother’s Day

Editorials

TODAY WILL be the busiest non-business day of the year for phone companies. Close to 50 million calls will be made just in Ohio.Phones will ring. Young voices will please old ears. Sons and daughters will run up their long-distance bills.Flower shops and garden centers open today will be busy ...

Growing the quality of our lives

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Dear Belmont County,Summer is nearly here and school is almost over for this year. It is a time of possibility in Belmont County for all of our graduating seniors and the economy. As a county we will send hundreds of kids away this year to earn college degrees in hopes of obtaining a profession ...

Growing the quality of our lives

Columns

Dear Belmont County,Summer is nearly here and school is almost over for this year. It is a time of possibility in Belmont County for all of our graduating seniors and the economy. As a county we will send hundreds of kids away this year to earn college degrees in hopes of obtaining a profession ...

Carrying A Gun

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,If the letter to the editor from Mr. Flanagan was in response to my earlier communication then he misunderstood my letter.1. I have no problem with citizens carrying a concealed weapon PROVIDING they have a permit obtained after taking the certified training.2. The "NUT" from ...

Local voters turn their backs to the polls

Letters to the Editor

PRIMARY ELECTIONS are not the most glamorous of events. However, they shouldn't be ignored. While Tuesday's primary was not totally shunned, such wasn't far from the case in Belmont County.Granted, not much was on the ballot. But an election is still an election.In Belmont County, more than ...

There is no substitute for a mother’s love

Letters to the Editor

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all our wonderful moms in Belmont County and beyond. We pray that you receive the greatest gift of all, that of love. You certainly deserve that, and much more.There is no substitute for a mother's love. She is the one who exerts every influence for good. She will stand ...

Pointing Cleveland in the right direction

Columns

For those who love Cleveland -- and there are so many of us who do -- the rampant speculation of what comes next is beginning to take its toll.We are in a constant state of limbo, waiting for so many things.We are waiting for the verdict in the trial of police Officer Michael Brelo, who is ...

Bush, Clinton taking different tracks on potential matchup

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - To judge them solely by their travels over the past month, you might think Jeb Bush has already plunged into the general election and Hillary Rodham Clinton has a serious fight on her hands for the Democratic nomination.Whereas the conventional thinking, at least, is ...

One Final Vote

Editorials

JACKIE HUPP finds herself in the middle of a major school controversy.Hupp is a member of the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education. She is one of the three members who voted to close Beallsville High School back in March.Since that vote for closure, Hupp has done some soul searching. She ...

One Final Vote

Editorials

JACKIE HUPP finds herself in the middle of a major school controversy.Hupp is a member of the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education. She is one of the three members who voted to close Beallsville High School back in March.Since that vote for closure, Hupp has done some soul searching. She ...

FCC Decision

Editorials

Dear Editor:The Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to regulate the Internet under "Title II" will have many negative consequences for our economy.What the administration calls "Net Neutrality" is in fact a regulatory regime that will stifle innovation and investment in ...

Rubio plan shows challenge of GOP wage fight

Columns

DENVER (AP) - In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio stands out - and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban-American biography.Rubio has issued the most detailed economic agenda to aid the middle class, anchored by a book on countering the wage ...

Clinton wades into debate over Obama’s immigration actions

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By JULIE PACEAP White House CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says his executive actions blocking the deportation of millions living illegally in the U.S. go as far as the law allows. But Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if she becomes president, she would go even ...

Day of Prayer

Editorials

THERE IS an adage that we have heard many times - "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of."Today across America, The National Day of Prayer Observance takes place, and people of many faiths, colors and ethnic backgrounds will gather in churches, parks, on street corners and ...

Plan B eyed after Michigan voters crush road tax

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will be forced to consider an alternative to address Michigan's deteriorating roads after voters resoundingly rejected a ballot measure that would have increased taxes to pump $1.2 billion a year more into transportation infrastructure.The ...

State official: Clinton email practices ‘not acceptable’

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did.Joyce Barr, the agency's chief freedom of information officer, ...

Energy Boom

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,At the WTOV9 "Energy Boom" Town Meeting broadcast on Thursday Rhonda Reda, Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program delivered at least two misleading answers.In response to the question about unitization, Reda said: "Ohio is a spacing state [If] 95% of ...