Editorials

Terrible lack of values shown on social media

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One “promposal” in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the degree ...

If your precinct is open, cast your vote

Tuesday’s primary election won’t affect many voters, but it is still important those who can vote head to the polls. Only seven of the 71 precincts in the Jefferson County will be open on Tuesday. There is a contested election in Toronto, where four candidates filed in the Democratic ...

Training program a plus for region

Industry and development officials say the Ohio Valley will be in need of approximately 3,500 skilled welders in the coming years in order to meet the needs of a growing natural gas industry. The problem is there currently are not enough residents to fill those prospective jobs, even if ...

We can never forget Holocaust horrors

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tell about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Crack down on the bad doctors

It would be strange indeed to find someone who does not owe a debt of gratitude, perhaps for life itself, to health care providers. They see “do no harm” as merely a starting point in tireless efforts to make our lives better. But every profession has within it a few bad apples, often ...

Special Olympics a chance to shine

Area residents will have the opportunity to cheer on hundreds of competitors when the 43rd-annual Ohio Area 9 Special Olympics Qualifier is held at the track complex behind Steubenville’s Harding Middle School. A sea of friendly faces will greet the athletes when the event gets under way at ...

Library another positive for city

It might be the newest structure in downtown Steubenville, but it has familiar touches that will make longtime patrons as well as first-time visitors feel right at home. That’s the impression area residents will get when they see the newly renovated main branch of the Public Library of ...

Day of Prayer chance to reflect

Americans of all faiths will gather Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer. Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation. The annual event has been held nationally ...

Portman, Brown stand up for Ohio

Some political scientists say Congress has become a cesspool of partisan politics. Democrats and Republicans view every issue strictly from their party leaders’ viewpoints, it is said. Constituents’ best interests take a back seat. Not when U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sherrod ...

Keep your guard up for campaign promises

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...