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Opinion.

Through it all, the show must go on!

Columns

Coronavirus is impacting all sorts of business Last weekend when I was in Houston for our National Speakers Association Winter Conference, one of the topics discussed was the coronavirus. For professional speakers, it is a big concern since speaking at conventions or conferences is a major ...

Disaster shelter needed

Editorials

We never know when disaster might strike. When it does, we need for resources and help to be readily available. The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department is working to make sure that is the case here in Belmont County. The BVFD expects to soon be approved as an official disaster shelter by the ...

Remember that we’re all in this together

Columns

There is a disease going around, and I’m not talking only about the coronavirus. It’s a political disease, and it seems to be spreading, especially among certain politicians who are looking for yet another way to expel President Trump from office. Last week on the ABC program “The ...

The perils of mass transit — gridlock and cost

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Why in the world is the federal government continuing to pour tens of billions of taxpayer dollars into little-used mass transit rail projects? In a digital age with increasingly popular and affordable door-to-door ride-sharing apps, universal use of cars by all income groups and the ...

Pennsylvania centrists flirt with Dems, party rebuffs them

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There is a battle going on here within the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, a formidable force of centrist, conservative and liberal Democrats whose backgrounds range from union halls to businessmen and women. A key figure in the battle is committeewoman Heather Kass, who is running for ...

Stay calm on investments

Editorials

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments. For most people, those funds are locked in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. That means other people make most of the decision for us. But for those who can and do make ...

Can’t win, Dems? Then blame the Russians

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The Russians are like the devil. Each gets blamed (or credited) with more than they are responsible for. Intelligence officials recently went to Capitol Hill where, according to The Hill, “they briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the presidential race in an ...

For $2,000, I’ll water your indoor houseplants

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By froma harrop Creators Syndicate I know this is an outlier story. It’s about Brooklyn brownstone couples who pay over $2,000 for professionals to choose and care for their houseplants. Houseplant designing is a service being offered to the urban and suburban gentry. One such “Plant ...

Report rape immediately, urges non-celebrity victim

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The verdict in the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes case was described as both a disappointment and a victory. Some court watchers felt the shamed movie mogul should have been found guilty on all counts. Others said the decision ushered in a new era for survivors of sexual assault and tamped ...

Jail woes continue

Editorials

Overcrowding at the county jail was a topic of discussion — again — by Belmont County commissioners last week. Commissioners noted that the jail has a capacity of 144 people — while the average daily number of those in county custody is about 190. Those excess inmates have forced ...

Mounting an effective American coronavirus response

Columns

The White House has been walking into a coronavirus trap. By pooh-poohing worries about the virus and saying everything is under control, it is setting itself up for the charge, if things get even a little bad, that it was self-deluding and overly complacent. It will be accused of making ...

Bernie Sanders just may be unstoppable

Columns

Can we acknowledge no real conservative would vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders over President Donald Trump? Voting for a socialist to stop the populist automatically disqualifies you from ever talking about conservatism. You can rationalize it and say that four years of Sanders would be ...

Non-white voters are no longer a solid Democratic bloc

Columns

Bernie Sanders’ victories in the inaccurately counted Iowa caucuses, the crisply conducted New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses have made two things clear. One is that the Vermont senator, elected and reelected to Congress as an independent, is on the high road to become the oldest ...

Center’s future bright

Editorials

A long period of uncertainty has come to a close in Monroe County. For many months, there was considerable doubt about the future of the Monroe County Care Center, a 60-bed nursing facility in Woodsfield that had been owned and operated by the county for decades. In recent years, the center ...

Shamrocks — like a needle in a haystack

Columns

The saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is often used to describe the month of March. It’s a very transitional month — beginning with winter and entering the spring season on the 19th this year — thus ending the month a bit milder. This winter really hasn’t been that bad, ...

Enjoying a drive through the countryside

Columns

A little more than a week ago, I had the chance to do one of my favorite things. It is a simple thing that not everyone would find thrilling. It is something that families used to do to pass some time together. And it is something I have been doing whenever I have had the chance ever since I ...

Feeding more people by baking a bigger pie

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Growing up in Pittsburgh we had a big family — I have five brothers. On Sundays, we always had a big family dinner. Mom would cook all afternoon. We all sat down for dinner and said grace together. I wish there had been video back then so I could see what it must have looked like. As ...

Build needed trust

Editorials

At first glance, it seems strange that members of two public bodies dedicated to the welfare of Steubenville residents would not trust one another. Blame their members’ experience with disagreements over just what is best for the community. Surely enough trust — backed up with a ...

Sanders’ worship of communist dictators a concern

Columns

This week, Bernie Sanders made waves when he merely reiterated his lifelong warmth toward the viciously evil Cuban communist regime. Brushing off the human rights violations of Fidel Castro, Sanders explained: “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s ...