Local Columns

Guest column/Community leaders united against Issue 1

On Nov. 6, the voters in Jefferson County and across the state will face an important issue that will affect not only our response to the current opiate epidemic, but will have long-term detrimental effects on our legal system and on the places we call home. The importance of this issue ...

Guest column/Working as a team keeps chamber strong

When the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce held its 110th-annual Awards Dinner and Meeting Wednesday, the nominees in each category represented a diverse group of local businesses, organizations, educational institutions and individuals from throughout the Tri-State Area. It was exciting to ...

One too many ‘Whatever you say, dear’

Stay-cations are tough on a spouse. Having just had a week of October off — the one that was wildly warm and wonderful — I noticed this weighing heavily on Better Half. He just didn’t seem quite like himself, which is not to say he’s not a super nice guy and all, but he was ...

Sharing your thoughts

If you have been waiting to send a letter to the editor regarding the Nov. 6 election, know that you are running out of time. The deadline for submissions related to candidates or issues is noon Thursday, and those letters will run Friday, Saturday or Sunday, depending on the volume. After ...

Guest column/Let’s help Rotary in eliminating polio now

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by ...

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. ...