Local Columns

Guest column/Why Ohio employers should care about Issue 2

This November, Ohioans will be asked to vote on Issue 2, a statewide ballot initiative that proposes to regulate how state government contracts for prescription drugs. Proponents of Issue 2 claim that the proposed law will protect Ohio taxpayers from the “corporate greed” associated with ...

Help in fighting fake news

National Newspaper Week came to an end on Saturday, but the thoughts brought up as part of the observance are certainly relevant for our industry on a daily basis. The theme was “Real newspapers ... real news,” and it really is appropriate. By making it a topic of discussion, it helps to ...

Jumpstart the day — stay off my nerves

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday — bright blue sky and warmth, a bonus fall day way more like summer. Fabulous. Better Half and I are motoring along, on our way after church and our small group Bible study that’s always a great way to jumpstart the week. Terrific. We are on the ...

Guest column/Real newspapers, real news: Winning combination

“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week, which ends today. Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats. ...

Good music, great food

Interesting weeks: ¯ Events put on by the Ohio Valley Music Guild are never disappointing — that’s something I was reminded about once again on Sept. 23, when the organization held its annual jazz event at the Steubenville County Club. “Jazz After 6” was the title of the ...

Two decades of special stars shining

Two decades is a pretty good stretch for an event to endure. That’s been the case for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times’ Community Stars program that started way back in 1998, hard as that is for many of us staffers to wrap our brains around. Great earth! Where have the years ...

Guest column/Ohio’s family farmers should be a priority

As state senator for Ohio’s 30th Senate District, I have seen firsthand the positive economic impacts that NAFTA has had on Ohio’s agricultural economy. Commodities, such as corn, have increased in exports to Canada and Mexico seven-fold since the mid-1990s. Last year alone, the United ...

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 ...