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Opinion.

Lawmakers go too far

Editorials

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders during the pandemic, may finally have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of ...

Flexibility in education

Editorials

In an unusual show of solidarity, Ohio lawmakers have done something important for the state’s students and teachers, who are still on shaky ground after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will now have extra time to take state-mandated tests; and juniors and seniors can ...

A pleasant surprise on the ‘big screen’

Columns

Everybody likes a good movie, but I have never been what you would call a movie buff. In fact, movies rarely stick with me. I watch them to be entertained, not to absorb every detail or to string a long series of films together into a cohesive saga. I have a very good memory for details when ...

Democrats’ first 50 days in office

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Any one Democrat or Republican that could vote for impeachment with all the lies and fabrication of videos, plus all the past statement that has been said by other Democrats and Republicans in the past four years, they are all just as guilty if not more than who they are trying to ...

Democrat giveaway

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio are complaining, rightly so, that Ohio will not receive its fair share of the Biden $1.9 trillion bailout bill. Since Ohio is not a Democratic run state that has not given the farm away “yet,” we will get to subsidize with our tax dollars ...

What is ‘first’ in America?

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I look forward to, and enjoy reading, the ‘Opinion Page’ here. But often, I find myself needing to rebut, or flat out repudiate some political expressions here. I’m often pleased to read the expressions of gratitude towards civic minded and care-giving people of our area. ...

Even in death there is hope this Easter

Columns

This past week is the anniversary of a grueling time for the church I pastor and me. A young lady that has been a part of our ministry for the last 20 years went on to her reward during this time. Two Sundays prior, we had got a call at 7 a.m. that she had been found on the floor of her ...

What the unusual Texas freeze actually means for you

Columns

My wife, Lynnda and I don’t have our $1,400 stimulus checks yet but we already spent the money stimulating the economy. We were getting supplies to treat the water in our 10-plus year old hot tub. It is what they call a soft tub. Fine for two people and crowded for four. The lining is ...

Finding your future here in Ohio

Columns

Major crises are powerfully transformative events. After an extremely challenging time in Ohio brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic, we have an opportunity this year to make the kinds of investments that will bring renewal and recovery across the state. The budget I unveiled last ...

New deal sustainable?

Editorials

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Protect right to know

Editorials

This is the annual Sunshine Week. The observance is about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week ...

Celebrating safely

Editorials

Last year’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was more subdued than expected, as some bars and restaurants were closed and people were hesitant to go out as COVID-19 was beginning to work its way through our lives. Things look better this year, as more vaccines are being delivered and ...

Check smoke alarms

Editorials

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of sunshine to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times each year to follow a routine of checking batteries in your smoke and carbon ...

Signs of spring and hope for a brighter future

Columns

Have you noticed the changes? You can hear the signs without even going outdoors. Birds are singing in the trees. Frogs are peeping around streams and ponds. Doves are cooing on rooftops. You can use your other senses to detect the changes, too. Take a deep breath of fresh air. The ...

Taking care of the planet for people

Columns

This past week I attended the World Petrochemical Conference, virtually. Normally our Shale Crescent USA Team would have been in Houston, Texas, with our booth set up and networking with people from all over the world. The decision was made by IHSMarkit months ago in the middle of the ...

State should provide local health care

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am a resident of Belmont County. Hospitals in Martins Ferry and Bellaire, Ohio, have closed over the past three years. Recently it became public knowledge in the local paper that West Virginia University has acquired Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio. My question is ...

The passing of a national icon

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Although long-time bellicose, controversial, but very popular long-time mega radio talk show host extraordinaire Rush Hudson Limbaugh III has now passed away, his impact on the Republican Party and the conservative movement as well as our great nation, has been felt for several ...

Tax the rich

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Republicans are woeful about $4 trillion in debt ran up in recent years. (The GOP conveniently fail to point out that this debt was primarily due to Bush and Trump tax cuts for the rich.) According to the Senate Republicans we couldn’t possibly afford almost 2 trillion ...

Helping all of Ohio

Editorials

While Ohio works to attract new visitors, it has a running start with efforts to attract employers. According to corporate real estate and economic development magazine Site Selection, Ohio leads the country in new corporate facility projects per capita. It is second on the list for total ...

Time to get the shot

Editorials

Ohio officials announced last week a mass vaccination clinic planned to administer 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day will open in Cleveland this month. That is wonderful news, but it is a FEMA-supported federal project that will likely not have much impact on Ohioans outside the Cleveland metro ...