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Will party of John F. Kennedy become party of Sanders?

Columns

Sen. Bernie Sanders may be on the cusp of both capturing the Democratic nomination and transforming his party as dramatically as President Donald Trump captured and remade the Republican Party. After his sweep of the Nevada caucuses, Sanders has the enthusiasm and momentum as the crucial ...

Solar energy is a path to a brighter future

Columns

The time is now for West Virginia to seize the opportunity to capture some of the 240,000 jobs and the billions of dollars of annual investment in the United States’ growing solar energy sector. Surrounding states — from Virginia to North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Kentucky — have ...

Senior services important

Editorials

About 2,000 older Belmont County residents are helped by the county Senior Services agency, reported its director, Gary Armitage, last week. Armitage’s report, made to Belmont County commissioners, was a reminder of the importance of local government services to senior citizens. Armitage ...

Meeting the candidates for local offices

Columns

According to Aristotle, “Man is by nature a political animal.” So I guess an event The Times Leader hosted on Tuesday was a bit like a trip to a nature preserve. I and my staff got the chance to see several local political animals in action, chatting with one another and talking with us ...

Adjust rental rules

Editorials

A dispute between the city of Steubenville and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission appears to be a case of two strikes, you’re out. Rather than argue with the umpire — the CRC in this situation — municipal officials should accept the call and move on. Last fall, former Steubenville ...

Captina

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As Valentine’s Day slips by and spring is just around the corner, I think of the many loves I’ve been afforded to know. Our walk in life allows us many paths to wander. We see things that will cause our senses to stir within, and we fall in love. Love has no boundaries, ...

Concerned residents oppose cracker plant

Columns

The following letter was written by Concerned Ohio River Residents to PTT Global Chemical, via Public Relations Representative Dan Williamson: Concerned Ohio River Residents are writing this open letter to address the inaccurate and misleading statements recently made to our local media about ...

Beware the real dream killers

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, One of Mr. Kozera’s weekly advertisements for the shale gas industry on the editorial page of the Sunday Times Leader referred to environmentalists as Dream Killers ... begging the question, “Who, in their right mind, would not want a petrochemical corridor all up and down the ...

Demagoguery at its best

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Mr. Epstein in your Letter to the Editor on February 16, 2020, you claim the Republican members of the House and Senate are your “nemesis.” They are much, much more conservative than the conservative-Republican citizens they represent and that when you “averaged out” ...

Prepare for winter weather

Editorials

A little more than a week ago, motorists on Interstate 70 in Belmont County were caught off guard by a sudden blast of winter weather. On Feb. 8, after scattered snow showers had fallen across Ohio throughout the day, a band of heavy snow blown by strong winds caused “whiteout” conditions ...

Calling all candidates to meet our staff

Columns

Campaigning in this year’s presidential election has been underway for months, and it won’t be long before Ohioans get their first chance to weigh in on the matter. Primary Election Day in the Buckeye State is March 17 - the same date as St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to cast a ballot, ...

Don’t take anything in your life for granted

Columns

This week we sent each of our grandchildren a Valentine with an individual personal encouraging message and a gift card. They all emailed their “Thanks.” The focus of the teenage grandchildren was on the card and message not the gift card ,although they did mention it. To them it was the ...

Black history and Martin Luther King

Columns

This past summer my wife and I were blessed to visit Cincinnati, Ohio. The year before we went to Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in both of those metropolitan cities. It was our goal to see the sights referring to black history and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In ...

Socialism and the Coronavirus

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In light of the Coronavirus I would like to make a couple of comments. As you already know, many of the candidates for the progressive Democrats are leaning towards or openly confessing their love of socialist and communist ideologies. What is sad is many of our young people ...

Reader: GOP too conservative

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I fear the Republican Party members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. They are my “nemesis.” They are much, much more “conservative” than are the conservative-Republican citizens who they are supposed to represent. When I averaged out the results ...

Congratulations, spellers!

Editorials

What do the words “supine” and “cadaverous” have in common? More than you might think, including the fact that they carried a local scholar to victory on Thursday evening. After successfully spelling both words correctly at the end of the annual Belmont County Spelling Bee, ...

The key to real leadership

Columns

A friend of mine sent me the link to this article in The Blaze www.TheBlaze.com The focus was environmental. I saw it as a lesson in leadership. I have been teaching leadership for decades to high school and college students as well as adults. I am passionate about it. Here is an excerpt ...

Dealing with winter weather — for a little while

Columns

We all know the old saying “better late than never,” and some of us would apply that proverb to this season’s winter weather. Others might not agree, preferring that the snow and ice had stayed away altogether. I traveled to the Columbus area for a couple of events this past week, ...

Guard against flu

Editorials

As news reports last week indicated Ohio has at least two confirmed cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, most health officials urged calm - and suggested the virus that has so far killed approximately 170 people is not the killer that should have our attention. According to the U.S. ...

Stiff sentence may be merited

Editorials

Judges at all levels of our criminal justice system have tough jobs to perform. They must carefully consider the facts of each individual case they hear and find a way to balance them with the requirements of the law as they hand down sentences to convicted offenders. In one ongoing Belmont ...