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Rome and America

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’m done. I am so sick of the hypocrisy of the left, the elites, the big media, the tech companies, Democrat mayors and leaders. … I’m done! So if you are Nancy Pelosi you can make a salon open because you need your hair done while the whole state of California is ...

Do not forget the sacrifices Americans made for freedom

Columns

Last week was the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is hard for me to imagine what it was like to live through a war where the very existence of our country is at stake. My understanding of that time comes from my parents. My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific. He ...

Watch for children, buses

Editorials

Despite all the changes we have experienced over the past several months, the time of year has arrived when students are heading back to school. Classes may be somewhat unconventional. Some districts are welcoming all their students back at once to attend classes five days a week. Others are ...

Sudden storms revive flood of memories

Columns

I experienced a little blast from the past on Friday, when I was caught in the first of several downpours to strike our area that day. I was leaving an appointment in Bridgeport and tried to wait out the heavy shower, but I decided it was going to make me late for my next stop and went ahead ...

Discrimination against U.S. citizens

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Large department stores choose to discriminate on anyone that chooses not to wear a mask in public. There is no evidence that prove that mask will stop the spread of any airborne virus. If so, why are we not told to wear a mask in flu season? Dr. Fauci admitted he lied ...

Congress should pass suicide hotline measure

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s purpose is that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and ...

Threats to the Postal Service

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing concerning the crisIs in the Postal Service. This vital entity is under attack by the President and his fellow Republicans. President Trump has pledged to “starve the Postal Service” of much needed funding while handing out relief money with ease to other ...

The only effective reformer of the world

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I can’t think of any better way of expressing my feelings about the present state of our lives and this country’s human relations (or lack thereof). I offer the words of evangelical pastor and educator, Samuel Davies (1757): “When He comes — He will convict the world ...

Regarding the atomic bomb

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In response to Bob Wallace’s letter. I heartily agree. President Truman made the right decision. By doing this, he probably saved 3 million lives ( a million American and 2 million Japanese). The war probably could have lasted two more years to accomplish the same ...

Arrangement a win-win

Editorials

College life is not what it used to be for many higher education students. They enjoy housing amenities the likes of which parents and grandparents could never even have dreamed. This fall, that becomes even more true for a few dozen local students. A total of 35 West Liberty University ...

Staying safe at the fair

Editorials

There’s not much about life in Eastern Ohio that can be considered “normal” right now, so it likely is a relief to families who participate in 4-H and farming that a portion of the Belmont County Fair is set to go ahead in spite of the pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine a few weeks ago ordered ...

Dealing with deer and garden disasters

Columns

Last year it was bunnies; this year it’s deer. At least one deer has to be the culprit behind the gradual destruction of our garden. In fact, it left some clear evidence behind during its last visit, if you get my drift. This was no bunny. The first event was pretty devastating. Something ...

Trump’s tariffs helped Whirlpool in northern Ohio

Columns

For nearly 70 years, the Whirlpool plant in Clyde, Ohio, has produced some of the best washing machines in the world. I was proud to recommend to the Trump Administration that the president visit the plant, especially given the successful efforts we have undertaken with President Trump to ...

Candidate: Constitutional policing is the answer

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The truth is some candidates talk about criminal justice reform, while others are actually engaged in it. Almost 25 years ago, I found that my beliefs and values were taking me in a dedicated direction. I realized that doing the right thing for those accused of crimes was ...

Cracker plant round table did not include community input

Columns

Last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes visited Belmont County, Ohio, to tour the Dilles Bottom site of the proposed PTTGCA ethane cracker plastics plant and ​meet​ with “state and local officials and community members.” The event was publicized as a “roundtable ...

The retirement of an area icon

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Mr. Robert “Bubba” Kapral has recently announced he has retired from his outstanding career in local journalism after 42 years of outstanding service in keeping area readers such as myself very well informed. I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully refelct on ...

Make funds available soon

Editorials

It is virtually certain that the COVID-19 epidemic has been a death sentence for some small businesses. Months of economic activity slowdowns, combined with the reluctance of some customers to visit retail outlets, restaurants and other businesses, have been hard on entrepreneurs with ...

Official’s visit a good sign

Editorials

Belmont County welcomed an important visitor last week, recognizing that his presence was a positive sign for things to come. New Deputy Energy Secretary Mark W. Menezes chose the proposed ethane cracker plant site at Dilles Bottom for his first official visit in that capacity. He said his ...

Making the most of a summer drive

Columns

One thing I miss while working mainly from home is the drive back and forth to work. That may sound strange, since many people dread their daily commute. For me, though, it is a bit of time each day when I have to focus on just one thing — the road ahead. It also is an opportunity for me to ...