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Bridgeport Residents

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorI was elected the mayor of Bridgeport back in November 1998 to serve all the people of our village.Over the years we have done a lot of good things in our community. We have had multiple good council members, employees and volunteers helping our town. Yes, at times there were ...

Saul Alinsky

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control today of our nation today. Recall Hillary Clinton did her college thesis on his writings and King Obama writes about him in his books. Saul Alinsky died June 12, 1972 and was a well know ...

Planned Parenthood

Letters to the Editor

Dear EditorI must put in writing today how I feel after hearing that Planned Parenthood is not only killing babies by abortion but also selling baby parts from the aborted babies. Federal law absolutely states no parts can be sold from aborted babies. It is hard to believe that our tax dollars ...

‘So long, ladies,’ says Republicans

Columns

It's nice to already know the Republicans' strategy as they lurch toward the long and bumpy road to someone else's presidency. Removes the mystery.Their new mantra, in GOP-speak: So long, ladies.I'll give them this: They're no longer pretending to care about us. Yay for them for ending that ...

Democratic presidential hopefuls woo labor in Iowa

Columns

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential contenders wooed Iowa union members Thursday with talk of raising wages and protecting jobs. But front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has drawn scrutiny over her positions on trade, skipped the event because of a scheduling conflict.Former ...

Beefed-Up Effort

Editorials

FIGHTING THE drug problem is a challenging task. The Belmont County Drug Task Force, spearheaded by Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland, has done a superb job of getting illegal drugs off the streets and having traffickers placed behind bars.Harrison County has now taken a huge step in ...

Kentucky’s 1st GOP presidential caucus would be March 5

Columns

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's proposed Republican presidential caucus would be March 5 and candidates would only need 5 percent of the vote to qualify for delegates as the state seeks to woo the large field of contenders and their millions of dollars amid Rand Paul's sluggish campaign.State ...

Trump-inspired debate drama highlights unsettled GOP field

Columns

CLEVELAND (AP) - It took just one question for chaos to erupt in Cleveland."Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person," asked ...

Suit revived vs. Christie allies over bridge lane closings

Columns

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A lawsuit against several allies of Gov. Chris Christie in connection with the George Washington Bridge lane closings was refiled Thursday, several weeks after a judge dismissed an earlier version.The amended complaint, a putative class action that combines two lawsuits ...

Mackey Community

Editorials

THE MACKEY Community Association has a long and rich tradition ingrained within the city of Martins Ferry. It is also an organization unfortunately battling for survival.The Mackey Community Association -- housed in cinder block building known as the Mackey Community Center -- is running low on ...

Economists dump on Trump boast to bring jobs back

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House.Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took ...

Clinton tries to break through Trump surge with GOP attacks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ten Republican candidates for president in 2016 will debate Thursday for first time. Spend any time listening to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton this past week, though, and it would seem like only one really matters: Jeb Bush.As billionaire businessman Donald ...

Aides to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential camp charged

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors have charged several top aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, now working to help his son Rand Paul win the Republican nomination, with conspiring to buy the support of an up-and-coming state senator in the days just before that year's Iowa ...

Camera Protection

Editorials

THE CATCHPHRASE for an old television series was: "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."That, however, won't be the expression on the faces of those for whom surveillance cameras are being installed in area parks.The cameras are geared to cut down on unruly actions, including vandalism in some ...

Democrat McGinty running for US Senate in Pa.

Columns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Katie McGinty, the former top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf, said Tuesday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a 2016 Democratic primary showdown over Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's seat in a state Democrats see as crucial to their goal of recapturing a Senate ...

State workers’ suit against Duckworth spills into Senate bid

Columns

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) - A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the most competitive 2016 Senate races.The complaint alleging ...

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

Columns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement ...

Betty Zane Days

Editorials

SCHOOL BELLS will be ringing in the very near future for Eastern Ohio students, some as early as next week. The resumption of classes signals the end of the summer season.That being the case, an ideal family-oriented way to wind down the season unfolds in Martins Ferry this week. The annual ...

Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) - They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff.But the jam-packed Republican field will be narrowed considerably for the first formal debate of the 2016 primary season later in the week. Today, Fox News announces which 10 presidential hopefuls can ...

Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

Columns

MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally."Finding ...