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Opinion.

Avoiding scams

Editorials

In all likelihood, fists were clenched and heads were shaken at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department a few days ago, when personnel there heard a local woman’s story about someone stealing thousands of dollars from her. Most of the time, law enforcement officers, deputies and agents ...

Jail need is apparent

Editorials

We do not recall ever having heard of a place where the local jail is as inadequate as Harrison County’s. The facility, located in the county seat of Cadiz, can hold just eight prisoners. Even during relatively normal times, that is insufficient for a county with slightly more than ...

Be careful with categories

Editorials

Forcing people into categories that may not fit them well is always foolish under any circumstances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine should not permit it to become a deadly mistake. Like other states, Ohio has a priority list for immunizations by the still relatively scarce COVID-19 vaccine. ...

Light at the end of tunnel

Editorials

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we haven’t emerged from the dark just yet. An article on the front page of today’s edition details — as much as currently possible — how a vaccine against the coronavirus that has killed more than 300,000 Americans so far this year will be ...

A chance to have twice the impact here at home

Columns

This is the time of year when a variety of organizations traditionally ask the public for financial support. In our region, it seems that all of them are working for good causes. Whether they are seeking to provide Christmas gifts for less fortunate children, food for families whose budgets ...

Time remains

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The founders of this nation wisely provided measures for a time such as this. Given three possibilities, honesty, courage, and reason will be necessary for the rectification of this brazen attempt through the election process to overthrow the United States as founded! ...

Reader reacts to letter

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, One of your self-ordained religion experts recently shared his Bible research concerning present day events; this has allowed him to determine the November election was stolen. He is distressed that 50 or 60 million people voted to murder babies, to “deny” Israel, to ...

Trump lost

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Being a Republican used to mean being rational. We were more concerned with facts than feelings. But there’s one fact some Republicans are having trouble with: Donald Trump lost this election fair and square. Now he seems hell-bent on bringing our party and country down with ...

From COVID to Christmas to farewell

Columns

I have always enjoyed writing my December column. Writing about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, is the miracle of love. The birth of Jesus Christ is told in Matthew 1:18-25. It can also be found in Luke 2:1-20. These scriptures are the basis of many church Christmas plays and ...

Christmas magic? Finding a global solution

Columns

Last Sunday I was outside setting up Christmas decorations when Bradley, my 8-year old neighbor wandered over. Bradley is a good kid. I couldn’t set up Christmas decorations last year because I was in a wheelchair. It felt good to be back to normal, especially with the pandemic. In addition ...

Keeping seniors safe

Editorials

Earlier this fall, Belmont County officials had hoped to reopen their network of 10 senior citizens’ centers after months of closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Last week, they concluded that would not be the responsible course of action. The centers are important to older people for ...

Fix funding system

Editorials

Ohio lawmakers are halfway there in terms of finally fixing the state’s unconstitutional school funding system. A proposal for doing so received broad bipartisan support in passing the House of Representatives on Thursday. Now, however, the ball is in the state Senate’s court. ...

Think about what cops do

Editorials

If you ever are tempted to hop on what sometimes seems to be a bandwagon full of people who despise all law enforcement personnel, we ask that you think about some things that happened last week. First, as we reported, Belmont County sheriff’s detectives helped rescue a woman kidnapped by ...

Reject bill that limits access, transparency

Editorials

The failure by some property owners to pay their fair share of taxes is not a new problem, nor is it a problem unique to Eastern Ohio. Regular Times Leadaer readers already know this because for decades this newspaper has annually published pages and pages of delinquent property taxes owed on ...

Bringing a little life to a dull and dreary time

Columns

I have written often in this space about my love of gardening. I shared first impressions as I started the first vegetable garden I had ever grown on my own. I wrote about struggles with weeds, seeds that failed to sprout and invasive critters, such as rabbits and deer. I’m sure I have ...

Let them eat cake

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, “Let them eat cake,” is what Marie Antoinette said about the starving Parisians in 1789. While unlike late 18th century France America currently has not had cases of actual starvation, but it has, however, been shown that one in eight Americans reported they often didn’t ...

Many thanks for grants

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The students of St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools will have the benefit of new and exciting hands-on activities because of grants like the one supplied by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and Gulfport Energy. Several grants were awarded and will be used in the following ...

An attempted coup

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Why is it that current President Donald J. Trump continues his unprecedented, and futile, efforts to attempt to overturn the results of what has, unquestionably, proven to be a completely lawful, fair and democratic election that he lost quite decisively? Sadly, however, he ...

Give residents bailout

Editorials

Many Ohioans struggle to pay the bills during normal times. This year COVID-19 has made the task tougher, perhaps for millions. Far from getting a break from state government, every electric consumer in Ohio may see higher utility bills, beginning in January. They are being ordered to ...

Protect nursing homes

Editorials

Just a few days ago, we wrote that COVID-19 seemed to have surged once again into nursing homes. At the time, public health officials reported active outbreaks of the disease at 65 long-term care facilities in West Virginia. An update just a few days later put the number at 78. Just 45 ...