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Opinion.

At core, Clinton prefers pragmatism over passion

Columns

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - During her failed 2008 White House campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton derided rival Barack Obama's lofty talk of hope and change as equivalent to expecting "celestial choirs" to drop from the sky and inspire people to do the right thing.Obama's optimism ultimately trumped ...

Five lessons from the hacking of an adultery website

Columns

After making threats for weeks, anonymous hackers have released the private information of millions of users of the Ashley Madison website, billed as the "most successful website for finding an affair and cheating partners" and boasting that it is "the world's leading married dating service for ...

Save A Life

Editorials

GIVING THE gift of life. That opportunity is being made available by the American Red Cross at several local venues.The Red Cross has issued an advisory that blood donors are urgently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.It is not uncommon for blood ...

Bush family donors gave half of Bush’s presidential cash

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Bush's fundraising network is two generations in the making, and it shows.About half of the roughly $120 million raised to help him win the Republican presidential nomination comes from donors who previously gave to his brother or father, both former presidents, according ...

Huckabee vows to shake up Mideast policies

Columns

JERUSALEM (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Wednesday vowed to abandon key American policies in the Mideast if he is elected next year, endorsing positions that would put the U.S. at odds with its closest allies.Huckabee said in an interview with The Associated Press on ...

O’Malley calls Clinton’s email issues a distraction

Columns

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley on Wednesday called email allegations swirling around front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton a distraction and said the party is making a mistake if it lets it define the nomination contest."I think that it's a huge distraction from ...

Support VFD Fest

Editorials

CLASSES HAVE resumed in some Ohio Valley schools. Others will start up next week. Summer is definitely winding down, and night is descending upon us earlier and earlier.That, however, doesn't mean the end of local festivals.The Betty Zane Days concluded another successful run in Martins Ferry ...

Jeb: NSA needs broader powers to combat ‘evildoers’

Columns

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."At a national security forum in the early voting ...

Rubio’s slow start in Iowa, New Hampshire puzzles GOP

Columns

MIAMI (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio's slow-go campaign strategy is puzzling party operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire, states where voters are used to candidates showering them with attention early and often.While some GOP hopefuls are already highlighting their progress ...

Paving Cooperation

Editorials

Earlier this summer, the Belmont County commissioners approved and paid $1.1 million from the county's general fund to help the county engineer pave roads.As the commission has repeatedly stated, the engineer is in charge of all county roads, including maintenance and repair of them, and his ...

Helping to mold a better community

Columns

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate said, "I'm the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they're still in their mother's womb. The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you go to Washington ...

2016 hopefuls hit the gym, try to skip pie on campaign trail

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Scott Walker is counting steps on his FitBit. Jeb Bush swears by the Paleo diet. Bobby Jindal is a "gym rat."With long travel days and a fresh slab of cherry pie never far away, the campaign trail is notoriously unhealthy. But many 2016 presidential candidates are ...

Fighting for Coal

Editorials

THE COAL industry is battling for survival.King Coal has been dealt severe blow after severe blow in recent times. The Environmental Protection Agency -- with the blessing and urging of President Barack Obama -- has suffocated coal mining with ever-tightening air emission standards.If such ...

‘The Donald’ & Hillary: Incapable of embarassment

Columns

August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard (the Obamas' choice) and Nantucket.But news -- in some cases, shattering news -- keeps breaking out all over, at home and abroad this August. ...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau isn’t protecting consumers!

Columns

When a government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is created by Congress, one would expect that a few consumers could actually receive protection, but that hasn't been the case with this agency's track record of mismanagement, inefficiency and waste. The CFPB has ...

Irish Flags

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,On behalf of St. John Central High School and the SJC Football Moms, I would like to thank all the wonderful people and places that helped fund the making of the new Irish flags.A few months ago, a plea was sent out to help replace the old and faded flags that once surrounded the ...

Bellaire Schools

Editorials

THE BELLAIRE Board of Education has wasted no time dealing with a potential major void.District Superintendent Tony Scott announced late last month that he was retiring from that post on Sept. 18. He has served in that position for six years.District Treasurer Darren Jenkins was quickly named ...

College not necessary to become a success

Columns

Many high schools base their success on student ACT and SAT test scores, the percentage of students who have been accepted to college, and the number of scholarships that have been awarded.Now to my knowledge, there are no follow-up statistics regarding those students who drop out of college ...

LeBron James: Big on giving back

Columns

I AM a big believer in giving back. So is LeBron James. That is where our similarities end. LBJ has a lot more resources to make giving back an impactful happening.His generosity was again on display Thursday.King James went to bat for youths with challenging backgrounds in his home city of ...

Some schools to resume classes this week

Columns

SCHOOL BELLS are ringing once again.Many schools in Belmont County will be in session this week and next. Regardless, another year of learning is set to begin. We wish our students and teachers a successful year, filled with many accomplishments. We remind parents that it is important for ...