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Changing the future is possible if we have a vision

Columns

Successful people have told me. “You need to have a dream in order to make a dream come true.” In the Old Testament of the Bible Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This was written several thousand years ago. 2020 is over. Nothing we do or say can ...

Do you not want fair elections?

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, How can we, the American people, sit back and watch as our country is being stolen from us? I am not talking about just an election, which is horrible enough, but our entire way of life will soon be changed, if we sit back and allow our election process become corrupted. ...

An extraordinary public servant

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As an unfortunate result of term limits, Dec. 31, 2020, marked the completion of the tenure of Bellaire native, Ohio state Rep. Jack Cera, serving the 96th Ohio House District, which includes Jefferson, Monroe and parts of Belmont counties, a most impressive legislative career ...

Couple expresses appreciation

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, We would like to give Dr. Pollock and his staff at Schiffler Cancer Center a thumbs up. They are kind, respectful and go above and beyond to give the best care possible. We are so lucky to have doctors, nurses, aides and receptionists like this at our local hospital. ...

Broadband could be everywhere

Columns

No word better describes COVID-19’s impact on the world in 2020 than “transformation.” Not only were the lives of everyone in the world changed, but every part of their lives were changed as well —­ how they learn, work, play and relate to others. And, in many instances, these changes ...

Putting people first

Editorials

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Saving Ohio babies

Editorials

During 2019, the number of white infants who died in Ohio was the lowest in a decade. The number of Black infants who perished that year was higher than in 2018. That is a tragedy. And it is unacceptable. Health care and public policy officials in Ohio have struggled for years to reduce ...

Stay the course in 2021

Editorials

As 2020 winds down, people throughout our region are weary — tired of wearing masks, tired of staying apart and tired of working hard to avoid an enemy they cannot see. Yet despite the fact that we have been battling a pandemic for months, the kind and generous spirit of area residents has ...

What is your Why for living?

Columns

My wife’s mother lived with us for over 10 years after she had a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side. In spite of her paralysis she was amazing. She could get dressed, get her own meals and even cook dinner for our entire family and have it ready when Lynnda and I got home from work. ...

Hearing the peal of the bells on Christmas Eve

Columns

There’s something about the ringing of a bell that speaks to the soul. That has been the case for millenia. Scholars and archaeologists say the earliest known bells date back more than 5,000 years, made of ceramic materials in Asia long before most cultures were working in metal. ...

A career-minded approach to your New Year’s resolutions

Columns

After the unsettling year we’ve all been through in 2020, I’m sure that most Ohioans - like me - are ready to turn the page to 2021. We’re all looking forward to a brighter, healthier, and more prosperous year ahead, which adds an extra layer of importance to the resolutions we’ll ...

It’s been a year to consider what we’ve lost and gained

Columns

It’s been a year, to say the very least. As I look back, I have been considering what we have and what we’ve lost. And we lost a lot in 2020, but the thing is, we gained a lot, too. When our ability to connect in real life was taken from us, we gained perspective and understanding of what ...

Fraud

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The evidence presented, with regard to irregularities and illegalities, in the 2020 Presidential election have been brought forward. It has not received legal actions, as it would not merit “Fraud”. The MAGA masses have been dwarfed by the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ...

Time for Change in Ohio Marijuana Law

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, My name is Matt Saxton. I live in Knox County. I work in IT and was a journalist prior. I also was in an SUV crash at 3:16 p.m Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003. Since then, I have suffered from degenerative disc disease. I also have chronic radiculopathy. A few years ago, I took opioids ...

Change state law

Editorials

We have come a long way in recognizing that mental illness, even if it results in abhorrent behavior, does not mean a person is ill — or sometimes even capable of resisting violent impulses. Ohio law has not kept up with our understanding. Buckeye State legislators recognize that, and ...

Staying safe this winter

Editorials

It seems that danger is lurking everywhere these days. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage across the nation and around the world, we are constantly reminded to take precautions to slow the spread the of the coronavirus. From wearing masks in public to social distancing, washing ...

Helping others now and throughout the year

Columns

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as helping other people. I’ve learned this in a variety of ways over the years. From the grin that was always on my dad’s face when he dropped change — or maybe a dollar bill — into one of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles at Christmastime to the ...

Thank you volunteers

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, St. Clairsville Area Council of Churches Food Pantry thanks all the volunteers that helped with the Christmas Giving Services held at the First Presbyterian Church and Food Pantry held on December 3rd an 10th at 9:30 am and 1 pm. We served 120 families of the St. ...

Fascism: A major threat

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I was about 12 when I first learned about the holocaust — the slaughter of 6 million Jews — and I have wondered forever more how the German people, a supposed civilized people, could allow a madman like Hitler lead them to commit the greatest crime in the history of the ...

This Christmas, make someone’s dream come true

Editorials

Christmas is an event that has emerged in bits and pieces from out of the mists of antiquity. The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time dates back to a practice in vogue in pagan Rome. Each year, on December 17 and 18, ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, ...