Local Columns

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 ...

Election season heats up

As the nights become a little cooler, area politics is certainly starting to heat up. A reminder came Wednesday night when the Jefferson County Federated Democratic Women held a meet-and-greet event for its party’s candidates in the Nov. 7 General Election. It’s the first of many such ...

Vacation — a mandate to eat out

I made myself perfectly clear as I began what was a lovely, long stretch of vacation time away from the newspaper. (You missed me, yes?) I told Better Half that we would be eating out every day, that it was my vacation, and no way was I going to go near our dusty stove unless there was a ...

Guest column/Judge, family offer thanks to our community

I and my family wish to thank the community for the kindness shown following the shooting incident that occurred on Aug. 21. We offer a special thanks to the probation officer who reacted immediately and placed my safety above his own. We will be forever grateful. Next, we thank Common Pleas ...

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 ...