Local Columns

Guest column/Remembering contributions of John Abdalla

July 24, 2017. This is a day that had greatly affected the Jefferson County Democratic Party. This is the day that John M. Abdalla passed away to his eternal rest. Who was John Abdalla? Well, that is quite an accomplished list due to the fact that John spent decades in the civic, business and ...

Guest column/Unimpeded energy markets needed

More and more, key players in the coal industry have had their hands outstretched in search of government support. At the federal level, they are asking for production subsidies and a moratorium on coal plant closures. Here in Ohio, they’ve sought power-plant bailouts. The truth is that the ...

Community stars will shine

There are some tasks that come along every year that you really look forward, and there are some that come along that you know will be tough to complete. What’s rare is when those two types of challenges come along at the same time. A good example of that is our community stars ...

Guest column/For a reliable energy future, Ohio needs a coal fleet

Reliable electricity is something many of us take for granted. From simple light switches to the iPhones that connect us to the rest of the world, we don’t spend much time wondering whether the power will work when we need it. Thankfully, reliable power is not something national leaders ...

Guest column/Investing in safety is good business, OBWC head says

Recent research published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics finds that managers of U.S. companies struggling to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to save on costs and please investors. We at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation believe ...

Eclipse hype brings disappointment

I can assure you that the 69 staff members of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County were pleased to see the August solar eclipse pass on the calendar. For approximately six weeks we answered the phone, and answered in person, the question from the public as to whether we had ...

Chalk it up to participation apathy

Chalk it up to participation apathy. A lot of people like the idea of experiencing moments in history up front and personal — the solar eclipse this past Monday is certainly testimony to that. I mean, it doesn’t happen all the time, so there’s some motivation there to be a part of a big ...

It was an interesting week

Some thoughts about the past week: ¯ It’s a sad reality, but too many of us likely have become too numb to the reports of violence and senseless attacks that have been happening around our country and around the world during the past several months. If that’s the case, we certainly were ...

Racism is alive due to conterfeit Christians

Americans buy at least $20 billion worth of counterfeit goods annually. Unless you’re an unusually suspicious shopper, chances are that you, too, have at one time or another purchased an item that really was a shoddy — maybe unsafe — copy of what you meant to buy. Fast-buck rip-off ...

Guest column/Jefferson County helps lead the way

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C. I believe that when we make government small in ...