Local Columns

Forum an important event

It’s easy to take for granted some of the important work people do behind the scenes to make a difference in our community. Take, for instance, the efforts of the Upper Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club. Among the other work members of the organization have been doing ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...

Do you really know what you want in life?

In 1 Kings 3:12-14, God gave Solomon the opportunity to ask for anything he wanted. Solomon chose wisdom, “So I can govern your people and know the difference between right and wrong.” What an incredible choice he made. I’m going to ask you a question and listen to your answer. Your ...

Guest column/Join day of non-violence

I remember prosecuting a gun case not long after becoming a federal prosecutor in 2005 and thinking about how, at some point, the individual across the courtroom had decided that violence was the best way to settle a dispute. He illegally used a gun to address a personal problem, just like he ...

An interesting weekend

If you need another reminder about the positive things that are happening around our area, you only have to look at some events that were held during the last couple of weeks. One was the 29th-annual Alumni Awards Banquet and Ceremony held Oct. 6 at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, ...

Guest column/Steubenville Rotary has helped in war on polio

As president of the Steubenville Rotary Club, I bring you good news! The end of polio is within sight due to the efforts of the 1.2 million Rotarians in our world, and the 54 members of our local club. Polio was a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease by the 1950s, but the development of ...

Guest column/Why Ohio employers should care about Issue 2

This November, Ohioans will be asked to vote on Issue 2, a statewide ballot initiative that proposes to regulate how state government contracts for prescription drugs. Proponents of Issue 2 claim that the proposed law will protect Ohio taxpayers from the “corporate greed” associated with ...

Help in fighting fake news

National Newspaper Week came to an end on Saturday, but the thoughts brought up as part of the observance are certainly relevant for our industry on a daily basis. The theme was “Real newspapers ... real news,” and it really is appropriate. By making it a topic of discussion, it helps to ...

Jumpstart the day — stay off my nerves

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday — bright blue sky and warmth, a bonus fall day way more like summer. Fabulous. Better Half and I are motoring along, on our way after church and our small group Bible study that’s always a great way to jumpstart the week. Terrific. We are on the ...

Guest column/Real newspapers, real news: Winning combination

“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week, which ends today. Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats. ...