Local Columns

Guest column/The rescue of the coal industry must continue

For years, Democrat politicians told us that the coal industry was dying. It was only because they were the ones trying to kill it. Some Democrats told us that rebuilding the American coal industry was impossible. Others bragged that they’d do everything in their power to help destroy it. ...

Guest column/Issue I would remove the consequences of failure

Proponents of Issue 1 believe that Ohio can solve substance addiction by essentially decriminalizing the possession of any drug of abuse of less than 20 grams by reducing possession to a misdemeanor and by limiting jail sentences for probation violations. But the truth is that a drug ...

Know before you vote

We’ve heard a lot of talk recently about the importance of voting, and yes, it’s a duty that all citizens should fulfill. Before you cast your ballot, though, the hope is you will take the time to become an informed voter. There are many ways to do that. During the next couple of weeks, ...

Guest column/Bipartisan efforts work

In today’s polarizing political climate, it may seem like there are few issues Republicans and Democrats can work together on. But on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, we are proving that is not the case. As the Republican chairman and an active Democratic member of this ...

Guest column/Community came together

The Josh Merriman Foundation held its first golf outing on Aug. 19 at the Steubenville Country Club. We are humbled by the outpouring of support for this event. The community’s support from contributors, sponsors, golfers and volunteers was overwhelming and led to a very successful event. ...

Election getting closer

The beginning of October means that the fall election season is really starting to come into focus. We’re two years into the presidency of Donald Trump, and for that reason alone, there’s been a great deal of emphasis placed on the mid-term races at the federal level. Depending on your ...

Family bids fond farewell to ‘Scary Larry’

Some women wear necklaces and earrings as outfit accessories. One look at my sister-in-law “Lala,” a.k.a. Antoinette “Toni” Kiaski Dempster, however, and I realized that’s not the case with all females, especially not her. Instead, Lala’s outfit accessory is typically a kitchen ...

Guest column/Newspaper people are making a difference

I like the idea that National Newspaper Week and Great Books Week both run today through Saturday. Journalism has been famously — and accurately — described as “the first rough draft of history.” The authors of great books must paint complete pictures from the rough sketches that ...

Some odds and ends and observations

Some odds and ends and observations I bring to today’s column space, including a follow-up on wind chimes, those things that make mad music when a gust of air comes along. I had written in an August column about scurrying to find a set of wind chimes that had been sent to us as a gift this ...

EGCC builds on the past

They might be retired, but Laura Meeks and Ed Florak still have a deep affection for and appreciation of Eastern Gateway Community College. That was demonstrated once again to more than 250 supporters from across the region who gathered Wednesday night to help the school celebrate its 50th ...