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Opinion.

To Be or Not

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Bible-”The Book of Life”-is also “The Book of Judgment” wherein the Triune God makes himself known, in part, through the creation of matter and human beings as revealed by him in Gen 1:1-2:25, Jn 1:1-3, Rom 1:19-21 & Mk 12:29-31. In a paradigm of freedom, God ...

Increasing financial security and independence

Columns

Last month, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill’s enactment was a defining moment for our country, and the ADA has drastically improved equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. July ...

Reader disagrees about bomb

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am responding to “The Bomb Wasn’t Necessary”. The writer is entitled to his opinion, but I think it is revisionist and not supported by the facts. I will encourage readers to read the legitimate history. As U.S. forces slowly worked to end the war, they came to Okinawa, ...

An arrest in Cleveland shows how China breaks the rules on research

Columns

CINCINNATI -- The coronavirus has challenged our country in unprecedented ways. To overcome this crisis, we are looking in part to our world-class research institutions to help develop treatments and vaccines for this disease. But these places of discovery and innovation are also prime targets ...

Who will continue the fight for justice?

Columns

This month will be the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington that took place on August 28, 1963. It is believed that between 200,000 to 300,000 people participated in the March. The last speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was not on the original program, but because of ...

The Future

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A few days ago I saw a pastor on TV say something that really was quite profound. He said there are people who want little 5-year-old boys and girls to use the same bathrooms and for them to be read stories at public libraries by drag queens. There are people who want to kill ...

Safety is the top priority

Editorials

Law enforcement officials in our area have been reminded once again of the hazards of the hot pursuit. Their reaction should be to take another look at policies regarding such action — and ensuring the rules are followed. Last Friday afternoon, local and federal authorities in ...

Do your part in virus battle

Editorials

Like it or not, we are facing an uphill battle against an invisible enemy. Being angry about the new coronavirus won’t stop it. Denying the reality of the situation won’t change it. Resenting the precautions that can help slow its spread won’t make them unnecessary. That is why we, as a ...

What a big difference a year can make

Columns

What was on your mind this time a year ago? You probably were thinking about sending your children or grandchildren back to school. Maybe, if you were gardening, you were concerned about conditions that were too hot and dry. Chances are fairly good that you had made some recent memories at ...

Emergency funding needed

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Elected officials across the country are debating solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Health Centers are key to ensuring everyone can access affordable, quality health care, during and beyond the pandemic. They are locally run yet part of a national network ...

Testing our mettle — Ohio safe, Ohio working

Columns

COVID-19 has certainly disrupted life as we know it. While many of us may have experienced fear and anxiety that accompanies uncertainty, I find solace in a saying my parents used to share, “you can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it.” As I have ...

Praise for a dear friend

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, With all that is going on today, I would like to tell you about a special person that makes life better in our area. Her name is Lillian Payne, I call her “Cookie Lil.” She is a widow with married children. She loves to cook and bake. She will call her children and ...

What — and how — are you thinking? Anything is possible

Columns

I just finished an interview for the First Light Show airing nationally on Westwood One next week. We talked about how and why we need to bring manufacturing back to the USA creating high wage jobs. Our Region is advantaged because of our proximity to markets, abundant natural gas and natural ...

The bomb wasn’t necessary

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The United States is the only country to detonate nuclear weapons against an enemy. Seventy-five years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945, atomic bombs (Little Boy and Fat Man) were detonated by America on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. They killed over 110,000 instantly and about ...

Informing the public

Editorials

Since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in our region, we have suggested that public health officials should provide localized information about the disease. Knowledge about precisely where it is prevalent would give local residents more power to avoid becoming infected. In ...

Take steps to stop flooding

Editorials

St. Clairsville is not the only area community where some residents find raw sewage backing up into their homes during heavy rainstorms. Unfortunately, no one seems to have a good, permanent solution to the problem. But two members of St. Clairsville City Council, Terra Butler and Perry ...

Make shutoffs last resort

Editorials

Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across America, some policies that were put in place a few months ago to ease the burden of financial hardships resulting from the outbreak are expiring. The state of Ohio in March asked municipalities and utility companies to refrain ...

Simple pleasures — making potholders

Columns

Do you ever think back to things you did when you were a child and wish you could do them again? Well, in many cases, there is no reason that you can’t (unless maybe the activity you have in mind involves being smaller or more flexible than you are today). Some time ago, I remembered ...

Economic reporting discrepancies

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As the economy of our great nation, which had been undeniably quite good until the onset of COVID-19 several months ago, appears to be, by his and his Republican cohorts, the greatest “accomplishment” of his presidency as indicated on numerous occasions by President Donald J. ...

Help is available

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Many Ohioans are having a tough time paying their bills because of the pandemic — and we want to help. I urge Columbia Gas customers to reach out to us now. We can work with you on affordable payment plans and provide information on assistance programs. Here’s some good ...