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Opinion.

Needed Speech

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The transforming speech in response to the police murder of George Floyd that Donald Trump should have been inspired to make is the following speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4, 1968, in response to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. “I ...

Diversity is our strength, America

Columns

Much is going on for us to process. We have endured 3 months of COVID-19 and lockdowns. Schools have been closed. Many have lost jobs. Businesses shut down. Some may never reopen. There is talk of a second wave of COVID-19. Vacations, meetings, return to school and fall sports ...

The blame lies with Trump

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As President Donald J. Trump is currently very aggressively engaged in a very vigorous campaign to attempt to place the responsibility/blame for the coronavirus pandemic tragedy in the United States on China as well as others, how is it explained that we, the greatest nation in ...

Survival

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A story: Long ago, cavemen learned to make fires. They learned it fended off predators, such as saber toothed tigers, very huge saber toothed bears and a NEW corona virus attacker with a HUGE far spreading bite. The cave clan kept the fires burning. On the other side of the ...

PTT/Daelim dragging their feet

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In reference to the latest announcement (last week) of yet another delay by Daelim/PTT: This only serves to reinforce and further the doubt held by many people of this project’s long-term effect on the health of the region. Are we surprised? A question worthy of ...

Keep protests peaceful

Editorials

It will be surprising if any true outside agitators come into our area in attempts to convert our peaceful protests into riots. Troublemakers such as those in Antifa have bigger fish to fry. Our small town nature, even in the Ohio Valley’s cities, is an advantage in times such as these. It ...

No room for bigotry

Editorials

National news media outlets spent much of the weekend covering civil disorder — riots — in cities throughout the country. But in many other communities, something more powerful was occurring. In both Wheeling and Steubenville, demonstrations were held in protest of an attitude, one that ...

Keep older people safe

Editorials

The decision last week to dispatch National Guard personnel to Ohio nursing homes to help with COVID-19 testing did not come a moment too soon. While the disease seems to be on the retreat in much of the Buckeye State, its rampage through some long-term care facilities seems to be at its ...

Follow the guidelines

Editorials

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for inside serving on Thursday. They were cleared for outside service last Friday. Both steps are parts of a gradual reopening of all sorts of businesses across the Buckeye State. Many eateries had remained open for carryout and ...

Time to remove signs

Editorials

When residents of the Bridgeport area perceived that an injustice was occurring earlier this school year, they quickly rallied behind the man they saw as the victim. The Bridgeport Exempted Village Board of Education sought to solve a problem that had been plaguing the district for a couple ...

Ethics breach clear

Editorials

Would that government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules. Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat fishing trip ...

County a good option

Editorials

A plan being considered by St. Clairsville officials to resolve longstanding water system challenges sounds promising. Unless significant drawbacks are identified, it should be pursued — and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency should go along. Expensive repairs and upgrades to the ...

Watch out for others as we get back to business

Columns

Have you noticed the increase in activity? It’s only just begun, but it seems people are eager to embrace the transition of getting back to business as usual. In March, Gov. Mike DeWine, working in conjunction with state health department Director Dr. Amy Acton, closed schools and ...

Increase participation

Coronavirus

It appears that fewer people participated in the Ohio primary election than usual, at least in the local area. In a way, that is understandable. After all, our lives have been turned upside down in recent weeks as we have responded to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In another way, though, ...

Increase prison testing

Coronavirus

Prisons, as well as nursing homes, are high-hazard sites for COVID-19. Belmont County has become a hotspot for the coronavirus, with 107 cases by Sunday. County Health Deputy Director Robert Sproul said many of the cases are in nursing homes — and a prison. Thiry-one inmates at the ...

Make field plan possible

Editorials

A reasonable plan to play football at a field within the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District seems to be taking shape, and we believe the public and state and local officials should get behind it. Since 2018, the Bulldogs have been unable to play on their home field, because of flood ...

Auditor: Project adds up for county

Columns

In recent weeks, I have heard and read some debate about whether local communities are getting a fair deal out of the economic development agreement reached with PTTGC America for the proposed ethane cracker complex in our community. This debate is both healthy and important. As county ...

Finding comfort in familiar things at home

Columns

What have you rediscovered amid the COVID-19 pandemic? What I mean is, what old favorite or soothing things have you recalled or revived while following stay-at-home orders? I, for example, had forgotten just how refreshing a glass of Kool-Aid can be. A lot of people are complaining that ...

Ready for remote learning prior to pandemic

Columns

I do not intend to speak for everyone during this pandemic, which is dividing an already divided society; divided on many subjects including politics, religion, economy, and now, how we deal with higher education during a pandemic. However, I will speak to how this pandemic has affected ...

School closure correct

Coronavirus

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine -- like most residents of the Buckeye State -- is eager to get the state’s economy moving again. He has pledged to do that, in a measured manner. Although he is optimistic most of the time, he has cautioned the people of our state that there may be setbacks in the ...