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South Carolina shooter became a cancer

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Every day I wake up hating cancer and what it is does to people. I hate what the cancer takes away from good, active lives. I hate what the cure does to wreck the body and, more often than not, destroy the mind's will. I hate the way it takes away so much from the caregivers, the family, and ...

E. J. Garvin

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,On May 9, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers came together to honor and pay tribute to E.J. Garvin at the Franklin Museum in New Athens. We are humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity and outpouring of love to our family. We would like to thank everyone who attended the ...

Cat’s Meow

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,I would like to invite everyone to attend the Cat's Meow BBQ at the St. Clairsville Eagles on Friday June 26th at 5 pm. This is a fundraiser to continue to provide low cost spay/neuter to stray cats and kittens in our community. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to ...

Local Pride

Editorials

A LOT of pride is evident in Eastern Ohio, and that was shown in this week's news.Bridgeport Mayor John Callarik described the fountain at th intersection of the National Road and Ohio 7 as "the pride of Bridgeport." Being at that intersection is especially noteworthy, because it involves two ...

Rand Paul plans to ‘blow up’ tax code

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called Thursday for a "fair and flat tax" that would "blow up" the nation's tax code, offering a proposal his campaign said would cut taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade.The first-term senator from Kentucky released the outline ...

Clinton says US must face ‘hard truths’ about guns, race

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the country has to face "hard truths" about guns and race in the wake of a shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina that left nine dead."How many innocent people in our country, from little children to church members to ...

Weatherization

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Dear Editor,Belmont County's Weatherization Program came to my rescue this month after my hot water tank heated its last gallon of water.I purchased a 30 gallon tank in the fall of 2003. The tank worked hard for my needs and survived several inches of water when the original clay water line ...

Near Slam Dunk

Editorials

THE BRIDGEPORT Board of Education did its homework well. It didn't rush into a quick replacement for outgoing superintendent Ted Downing.Board members thoroughly scoured some 20 candidates, staging countless interviews over the course of several weeks.As a result, the Bridgeport Exempted School ...

Bush’s forecast for economic growth tenuous

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says there's "not a reason in the world" why the U.S. economy can't grow at 4 percent annually.Actually, there are a bunch of reasons it probably can't.Many economists say the U.S. economy is ill equipped to grow consistently at even ...

No charges after federal probe into Kansas election loans

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have completed their investigation into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign by his lieutenant governor and plan to bring no criminal charges, the U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday.Jim Cross, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Barry ...

S. Carolina GOP leaders ask that debates be more open

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WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Republicans called on Fox News and the Republican National Committee on Wednesday to open their upcoming presidential debate to "all credible candidates."The lieutenant governor and House speaker were among 130 state Republicans listed in a letter charging that ...

Miracle League

Editorials

THE MIRACLE League of the Ohio Valley is every bit that -- a miracle.It was years in the making and came to fruition through the passion, determination and generosity of countless individuals.As a result, many special needs children now get to play ball. If not for such an outpouring of ...

Clinton confidant testifies before House Benghazi panel

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, complained Tuesday that his committee should have received emails between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and a longtime Clinton confidant long ago.The confidant, ...

Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president

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The Republican presidential field: who's in, who's almost in, and who's still waiting for the right moment.IN THE RACE:TED CRUZThe first major Republican to get into the race, the Texas senator kicked off his campaign March 23 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. "I believe in you. I ...

Bush starting behind others and nearly from scratch in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush boasts blue chip donors, some of the best advisers in the campaign business and, of course, a famous political name. But when it comes to first-to-vote Iowa, he's practically starting from scratch.The former Florida governor ...

Magna Carta

Editorials

IT BECAME 800 years old Monday, and it's being celebrated - in various ways.Not only did Queen Elizabeth II attend a ceremony Monday at Runnymede, the meadow where King John signed the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215, but Prime Minister David Cameron praised the famous document.Taking a lighter ...

Walker’s record as governor is taking some hits this year

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While Scott Walker's fellow Republicans were grousing about his budget plan and part of his proposal to overhaul higher education, the governor was more than 1,000 miles away, gripping the wheel of the Mt. Washington cruise boat on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee.And ...

Clinton says her wealth is ‘secondary’ concern for voters

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton countered criticism that her personal wealth undermines a populist campaign message focused on the economic problems of everyday Americans, saying on Monday that her family fortune is "secondary" to most voters."I don't think Americans are against ...

Flag Week

Editorials

THE STARS and stripes were on display Sunday in communities across the nation as Flag Day was observed.Flag Day has been celebrated in the United States on June 14 every year for nearly a century now. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 officially establishing Flag Day on ...

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Barack Obama should use a setback in Congress to seek the best possible trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, pointing to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Democrats' concerns about job ...