Local Columns

Concert season nears

Thoughts on an Easter morning: The warmer temperatures and sunny days we’ve been experiencing in the Tri-State Area serve as reminders that we’re going to be spending a lot more time outdoors during the coming weeks and months. Another hint came in a story we ran in our April 6 edition ...

On running late into a beautiful sunrise

I had slept in. You know how that goes, especially when the day’s agenda before you is ambitious and arduous, not the kind of day that needs a tardy start. I hate to have to send an “I’m-running-late” text. “Be in ASAP.” Oh, to be human, and double oh to be an adult, not ...

Guest column/Affordable broadband key to development

During the last two years, Congress has put in place pro-growth policies that are growing our economy, creating jobs and raising wages for families across Ohio. Ohio’s unemployment numbers are low and wages are up overall. Yet, I’ve also seen firsthand that parts of Ohio haven’t ...

Guest column/Details about Ohio’s license reinstatement explained

Often, a major barrier to employment is the lack of a driver’s license. And for individuals with a limited income and money owed on reinstatement fees to the BMV, it can be nearly impossible to have a valid driver’s license. Without a valid driver’s license, individuals are forced to ...

Time to do a countdown on Kiaski clocks

The absence of a clock in one room led to a discussion about and a count of how many timekeepers are in other rooms in the house we call home sweet home museum. This topic came up yet again when Better Half and I were watching television in the living room, long referred to as “the piano ...

Apathy in local politics

While there’s an awful lot to be positive about in our region, there are a few things that raise a few concerns. One of the biggest appears to be a growing sense of apathy in local politics. If you need some examples, all you have to do is look at Weirton’s most recent election results. ...

Guest column/Grassley-Klobuchar ushers in counterfeit drugs

Congress is poised to consider a bill that would allow Americans to import prescription drugs from Canada. The bill’s authors — Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — label their effort as a bipartisan push to “help Americans who struggle to pay exorbitant prices for ...

Guest column/As hackers get smarter, energy industry shores up defense

America is under attack. Every day, we’re besieged by a group of enemy combatants. Nameless, faceless and spread throughout the world, this group is united by a single aim: To upend American life as we know it. These attackers are not soldiers or terrorists in the traditional sense. They ...

Guest column/National Crime Victims’ Week chance to reflect

It was forty-five years ago. I still think about it. I think about how helpless I was when the three thugs on a city bus robbed me of my valuables at knifepoint as I was coming home from school. My experience pales in comparison to what so many crime victims deal with on a day-to-day basis. ...

Two interesting reads

If you didn’t have the chance to read a couple of articles that were in the March 31 edition, you really owe it to yourself to make some time to check them out. The first dealt with our region’s populations numbers, and as Mark Law and Craig Howell reported in their article “Study ...