Local Columns

Guest column/Let’s stop opioids from claiming another generation

Opioid abuse is one of the greatest challenges facing our state and nation. Lives are cut short every day. Whether by heroin or prescription painkillers, opioids do not discriminate. These senseless deaths occur across all segments of the population. Youth are particularly at risk, as they ...

It really is the most wonderful time

December is like a l-o-n-g tunnel, and it can seem as though there’s no hint of light at the end of it. Or as I was laughing with a group of friends recently — most of us exasperated by schedules accelerated and compounded courtesy of the holiday season — it’s like a box you’re ...

What about electric football?

It’s Christmas Eve, and that means the attention of a large number of area residents will be turned toward thoughts of toys. For the younger readers among us, that probably means a heightened sense of anticipation, as the arrival of Santa Claus gets closer. For the adults, that likely means ...

Interesting numbers

A glance at the calendar shows that there’s about a week left until Christmas, and that means the race is on for all of those last-minute items that we always find that we need. If you’re like most area residents, you’ve likely set a budget for your holiday spending. And, if you’re ...

Experiencing pangs of decision remorse

“Are we still good or are you having decision remorse?” It was Dec. 13 when Better Half and I had this conversation, 12 days before Christmas when I posed the question after I’d eaten some dinner. I was feeling grumpier before that, having an empty stomach and all. Now I was properly ...

Guest column/Memories of Christmas before cell phones

Christmas on the American frontier was a much different affair than it is today. For most pioneer families, like my five-time removed great-grandparents Daniel and Mary Pegg Higgins, the birth of Jesus Christ was marked each year with a quiet, simple celebration. There were no fancy lighting ...

Prince of Peace came to bring salvation, peace

In this day and time, peace is a precious commodity and for many people it’s a rare one. Everyday our eyes, ears and hearts are bombarded with headlines of doom and gloom; anything but peace. This is one of the reasons that Jesus the Prince of Peace came to this world to bring salvation to ...

Making a real difference

Getting caught up: ¯ The majority of people who live in our region appreciate the impact on our community that is provided by the Franciscan University of Steubenville. We’ve seen the economic studies that show the millions of dollars the school helps to put into the region’s economy ...

Closets can make a lot of a.m. ruckus

Squeak, squeak is the sound the bedroom clothes closet doors make when I’m rolling them open. A squeak, squeak that’s there no matter how fast or how slow I try to open the doors, despite my efforts to will them to silence at either speed. Then comes the repeated sound — the word to ...

Ohio’s extensive library system

One of our “good library users” — meaning that they use the library often enough that we recognize them by name — was chatting with me about their grown children and their families. Both families now live in distant cities, and the purpose of the conversation was to share their ...