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The special month of May rolls in Friday

Columns

THE Beautiful month of May arrives on Friday.Let us pray for some ideal spring weather and ask God to spare our beloved Ohio Valley from violent storms and other natural disasters.This is a special month for school children because it means summer vacation is near and seniors in high school ...

Cracker Plant

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorThere are only three things standing in the way of the former R.E. Burger plant site becoming the location of PPT Global's ethane cracker plant.They are (in order of importance) government, government, and government.Yes the same officials who stood worthlessly by while the EPA ...

Go, Cavaliers, and please pass the confetti

Columns

Now listen. We're not going to work ourselves into a tizzy here in Cleveland because a columnist in Boston decided to launch his fiction writing career with a hit job on us.OK, maybe we are, but let's keep this meltdown brief, shall we? I love Boston and a few Boston sports fans, too, ...

Not long ago, Rubio questioned his readiness for presidency

Columns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Marco Rubio lacks the experience to be president and Jeb Bush is a brilliant man ready for the job. So said Marco Rubio.Thing is, that was Rubio a few years ago, a man of seeming humility who joked that the only thing he deserved to be president of was a condo ...

Cheers & Jeers

Columns

CHEERS to the Puskarich Public Library, Cadiz, for helping to preserve Harrison County's mining heritage. It is seeking help from the community in this effort and has launched a newwebsite for the Harrison County History of Coal Museum.JEERS to the flawed forensics testimony by specialized FBI ...

Jordan Run

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,I have been quiet for a few years and now is the time to speak.Jordan Run has been a rough road to travel on and I have been on this road from 1969 when it was called a "red dog road" - from 1969 when it was a Red Dog Road.I have talked to the township head, the workers of Belmont ...

Concealed Carry

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorWell, some nut in Columbus has proposed that anyone 21 or older should be able to purchase and carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Nothing is said about training.I can see it now, idiots running around flashing their "concealed weapons. Accidental shootings and non-accidental ...

Cracker Plant

Editorials

EASTERN OHIO -- and possibly the entire Ohio Valley -- is on the threshold of a possible economic renaissance.Almost.Thailand-based PTT Global Chemical and Tokyo's Marubeni Corp. will make a decison sometime in 2016 whether they will turn the former FirstEnergy R.E. Burger site in Dilles Bottom ...

Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP hopefuls

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) - For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs - notably the presidential hopefuls - face a far more complicated landscape.Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South ...

Clinton running as a woman, but in subtle ways

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - During an elegant awards luncheon in Washington, Hillary Rodham Clinton heralded the importance of women around the world having a say at the highest levels of power.Yet she made no mention of the landmark achievement she would score for women if she becomes the first female ...

Peaceful Progress

Editorials

THREE WEEKS can make a world of difference in the political arena.Bridgeport Village Council is a prime example.At a special meeting earlier this month, Police Chief Andy Klotz was needed to intervene between two village officials. Tempers were flaring and decorum had left the chambers.The ...

Tribal businessman upsets former Navajo president in race

Columns

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Russell Begaye easily beat a former two-term Navajo Nation president for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation, ending a tumultuous election season that was extended by nearly five months amid a heated court fight over a candidate's ability to ...

Clinton’s granddaughter a touchstone in 2016 campaign

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - They don't make power suits in her size. If asked for political insights, she might just respond with a goo or a giggle. And her campaign vehicle of choice is a stroller.But Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is playing a significant part in Grandma Hillary's 2016 presidential ...

Gifts for Yanks

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,The Shadyside "Gifts for Yanks" once again would like to thank the businesses and rResidents of Shadyside for their support for our program.All the members of American Legion Post 521 in Shadyside would like to say "Thank You" for your generosity for the recent drive for the "Our ...

Earth Day

Editorials

TODAY WE celebrate Earth Day. It is a day that attempts to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Those attempts have been met with resounding success over the past four-plus decades.Its roots run deep, founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin as an ...

Bush preps to delegate many campaign tasks to super PAC

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash.The concept, in development for months ...

Campaigning Clinton has qualms about trade deal

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed qualms Tuesday about the sweeping trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Pacific nations.Without weighing in for or against the agreement, Clinton told students and teachers New Hampshire Technical Institute that the country ...

Hall-Of-Honor

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,On behalf of the Martins Ferry Hall-of-Honor Committee and myself, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who contributed in helping make the 2015 Martins Ferry Hall- of -Honor Induction ceremony, which was held on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a most memorable and ...

Joe Manchin

Editorials

JOE MANCHIN is his own man. That is what makes him so appealing as a politician.The West Virginian is a Democratic by designation. The former Mountain State governor, however, has been known to cross the aisle and join arms with the Republicans if he felt that issue was the best for his home ...

US businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.Just 49 percent of firms said their sales increased in the first three months of the year ...