Local Columns

Guest column/Tax cuts offer a way to invest in American Dream

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered. Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Guest column/BWC to push wellness, workplace safety in 2018

The new year is almost here, and many of us are thinking about resolutions that include working out, eating healthier and getting in shape. We have our own resolutions at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation: We resolve to help more employees get home safe and sound every day. That is ...

A year of budgeting and planning

We are to the end of 2017, and as the administrator of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, I am always evaluating where we have been as a local government entity and where we will be going in the upcoming year. 2017 was a budget year for the state of Ohio, so anyone ...

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 ...