Local Columns

Bash remembers Jackson

While summer does not officially begin until 12:24 a.m. Wednesday, the first day of astronomical summer, many of us prefer to say the season starts on June 1, or the first day of meteorological summer. No matter what side you fall on, our area’s activities really start to heat up in the late ...

‘Vacation’ days turn out OK, but …

I wasn’t in this space last Sunday with good reason. I took a few “vacation” days, happy to host family get-togethers driven by the arrival of my oldest sister Linda and her husband, Bob. They were making their annual trip in to Richmond from Clover, S.C., and that means time to call ...

Guest column/Building on our expectations

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain made that observation years ago when jokingly offering his philosophy on what it takes to stay healthy. Obviously, his expectations for lasting health ...

Facing Father’s Day as a father, not as a son

This year is a unique year for me, because I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that somebody in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become a ...

A chance for city to shine

Summer is a time when things get to be a little more relaxed, a time to enjoy being outdoors and a time to renew some annual traditions. We’re reminded of all of that as we head into the middle of June, which means Steubenville once again will come alive with several events that will draw ...

Guest column/Let’s keep our elderly safe

The Jefferson County Department of Job and Family Services works to protect the unprotected, and that includes the elderly members of our communities. June is recognized as Elder Abuse Prevention Month, and it is the perfect time to check on elderly friends or family members. Older adults are ...

Guest column/10 brainteasers to celebrate Martin’s birthday

Dean Martin, who was born on June 7, 1917, in Steubenville and died on Dec, 25, 1995, in Beverly Hills, Calif., was an Italian-American singer, actor, comedian and film producer. He was one of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century. This past week marked ...

Guest column/Democrats played big roles as commissioners

I attended my first Jefferson County commissioners’ meeting in 1988 and found three Democrats holding office: Chuck Klasic, Albert Olexia and Ed Swiger. I spent the next 22 years sitting across from the various players and learned a lot, and sometimes was even inspired. Today I am inspired ...

Guest column/Destroying records wrong

As a lobbyist for the Ohio News Media Association, I sometimes see things in politics that make me want to cry, but I’ve only teared up once in seven years. That happened April 26 at a hearing of the House Community and Family Advancement Committee. A young African-American man from ...

Guest column/Health care has a lot to lose

As jobs keep getting harder to come by in Jefferson County, more and more residents are finding work in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and directly in the homes of patients who need care. So much so, that in 2015, 23 percent of Jefferson County’s work force held private ...