Opinion

Hard work pays off for our area

Editorials

It’s not every Monday that Jefferson County residents can look to Columbus and find more than $300,000 coming back to serve their communities. That happened July 9, when the Ohio Controlling Board, which approves a multitude of state budget expenditures every time it meets, approved more ...

Words to think about

Local Columns

There are some phrases we have become all too familiar with that, quite frankly, can make us wonder just where our country might be headed. We’re told, for example, that the media can’t be trusted, because too many of its members are purveyors of “fake news.” We’re told that the ...

Planning doesn’t always make perfect

Local Columns

Planning is never a guarantee that everything proceeds without a hitch. I was reminded of that when my aunt came for a recent visit, flying in from Chicago’s O’Hare to Pittsburgh. My aunt is a very organized person, a do-ahead planner and plotter who actually mailed a box of clothing way ...

Shut up, listen and then decide

Editorials

Reading tea leaves is a sport in Washington that surfaces every time a justice nominee is picked for the Supreme Court. The sport of setting fire to the tea leaves is something on display heavily during the Trump administration, but not unheard of, even in recent history. One needs only to ...

Thanks for help with dedication

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is a humble, heartfelt thank-you when words are never really enough. Before cancer took her life, our daughter, Air Force Staff Sgt. Yvonne Marie Fair, served her country and community with honor, love and compassion. She was a bioenvironmental engineer who worked with ...

Cera ready to open campaign

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s an election year, and a very important one, not just on a national level but right here in the Ohio Valley. Our very own Jack Cera is running for re-election as our representative in the Ohio State House. Cera, D-Bellaire, has worked tirelessly to help bring money back ...

Your health care is in jeopardy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Republican Congress is again trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It’s using the distraction of children being separated from their families, the civility “controversy” and whatever else the Trump administration can come up with to fly under the radar and finally ...

Guest column/See the best of your community: Visit a fair

Local Columns

We’re blessed in Ohio. Be it our natural resources, our climate, our places or our people — we are lucky to live where we do. This summer and fall, each of us has an opportunity to see firsthand the best of each of Ohio’s communities by visiting a fair. Ohio’s 94 county and independent ...

School numbers raise questions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Ohio Department of Education releases a ranking of all public school districts in the state of Ohio each year. The schools are ranked by an overall performance index score. There are 608 school districts in the state. Below are the rankings of three local high school ...

Turn taxes upside down

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over the years, I have often thought about tax collection turned upside down, meaning local communities receiving the greatest amount, states the next greatest amount or equal to local and the federal government the least. The stewards of the abundance of local tax revenue ...