Local Columns

Drugs are all around us

Whether you like to recognize it not, there’s a possibility that one of your co-workers has a problem with drugs. And that, according to Don Ogden, can create problems in society in general and in the work place specifically. “About 20 percent of any work force abuses a mood-altering ...

On a mission for a little bit of meatloaf

This is a column about many things. Meatloaf. Cravings. My failure as a cook. My inability to put dinner on the table even once or twice a week when two or more plan to gather. My ability to “bring home the bacon” — at least a few strips anyway — only to cook it, sad to say, to a ...

Guest column/City’s consent decree was a pivotal decision

President Donald Trump recently made remarks before a Suffolk County, N.Y., police department that encouraged police actions that have occurred for decades. Never has a president encouraged this kind of old-school policing. His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, despite his confirmation hearing ...

Guest column/Professor takes issue with defense of transgender rights

The Rev. Erik Breddin’s guest opinion on Aug. 6 claimed to be making a Christian defense of “transgender rights,” when it could better be characterized as an apologia for the homosexualist movement (“Stakes are high in battle over transgender rights.”) In the typical manner of ...

Some really great stories

The world of professional sports is filled with some pretty good storytellers, and one of the best is Steubenville’s Rich Donnelly. I was reminded of that once again on July 28, when Donnelly spoke at he luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Rotary Club. Having spent his entire ...

Taking a ‘trip’ to drink in some nature

One day this past week on my way to the coffee station in the office — a place for caffeine infusions for those of us who still do the morning cup of joe, high test, beverage thing — I took a “trip.” My foot connected with something other than the office carpet, and I did one of those ...

Guest column/Stakes are high in battle over transgender rights

Faith is used often as an excuse for bigotry. Religion can be wielded like a weapon, to put down the humanity of others, and to justify an agenda that coincides with one’s personal feelings on a group of people. One needs only to look at the current debate over the right of transgender ...

Guest column/Why the Rover Pipeline is good for Ohio’s farmers

Ohio’s farmers compete in an increasingly tough global marketplace. Our competition comes not only from other Midwestern states. We go up against farmers thousands of miles away, and all of this competition puts constant pressure on prices. It is extremely tough to keep a farm profitable ...

We’re looking for stars

To be very honest with you, we really didn’t know for sure what kind of response we would receive from residents of the Tri-State Area when the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times launched our Community Stars awards. The concept was simple enough: We were looking for 10 people who were ...

‘I told you so’ and ‘just you wait’

The bad thing about people who say “I told you so” or “you just wait” are often right. I don’t like to admit that. Actually it pains me — very much like those times when Better Half and I are “discussing” something or other, and I think I’m right, and he thinks he’s right, ...