Local Columns

Completing Carnegie’s library

In the 1890s, Andrew Carnegie began funding public libraries in several Pittsburgh suburbs, as well as the city itself, many with auditoriums, gymnasiums, bowling alleys and shower facilities for the workers in his steel mills. There was some indication that his generosity would extend beyond ...

Disasters: Maybe it’s not God who’s the jerk

During the last few weeks I have spent a lot of time in prayer for people being affected by natural disasters. Earthquakes in Mexico, hurricanes in Texas, Florida, throughout the Caribbean. So much damage, so many lives lost, so many people’s lives turned upside down and inside out. I have ...

That would be 71 years, not 51 years

Better Half and I were sitting on the back porch when I mentioned it was Mom and Dad’s wedding anniversary. It was Sept. 20th, I pointed out. They would have been married 51 years. He gave me that look — very similar to the look I get when he is reviewing the checkbook, trying to make ...

Election letters welcome

By now, it’s pretty apparent that the election season is in full swing. And, if past voting cycles are any indication, that means we likely will see an increase in the number of letters to the editor that we receive. Submissions by our readers are important — they offer a chance to show ...

Guest column/It’s time to eradicate landmines in Vietnam

In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58, 000 Americans, and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate landmines and unexploded ...

What you reel in when you fish for praise

We had pulled out of the driveway and were heading up the road, on our merry Kiaski way. But not before Better Half made an observation. “Boy,” he said with animated enthusiasm, “it sure does look nice over there. I wonder who takes care of all that?” I glanced over at “all ...

Race for governor is on

Connie Pillich says she understands what residents of Eastern Ohio have been experiencing during the last several years, and that, she explained, makes her a good candidate to be our state’s next governor. “As I travel the state, everything I see reminds me of my childhood,” Pillich ...

Guest column/Just how much do you really know about our Constitution?

The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey reveals some disturbing facts concerning knowledge of our American government. ¯ More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally do not have any rights under the U.S. ...

Guest column/Ohio Valley health care insecurity slows economic growth

Whether insured or not, affordable health care is increasingly difficult for people in the Ohio Valley. In the town of Steubenville, where I grew up, poverty is a daily reality. Today, in 2017, more than 51 percent of my friends and neighbors who remain in my hometown live on the edge of ...

Where are you in your life today?

Whatever position in life God has for us is important. He needs no working on it. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?” If your position is everywhere, your momentum is zero. If you’re here, there and everywhere, you’ll ...