Opinion

Time to move on highway corridor

Editorials

When you look at a proposed 160-mile highway project, 47 miles might not seem like a lot. But when completed, that overall length of highway — roughly 30 percent of the route — could be the key to increased economic growth across our region, according to the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor ...

Companies should be forced to pay

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are ...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

DeWine’s proposals should be debated

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

A week of making some varied discoveries

Local Columns

There’s a scene from the movie “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet that came to mind for me this past week. It’s near the end of the movie when Rose, Winslet’s character, has been rescued, and she’s on board the Carpathia. It’s raining a bit, and she looks up ...

Many more questions

Local Columns

When it comes to looking for ways to prevent gun violence, state Sen. Frank Hoagland says he has a clear idea of where we should be heading. “We need to be proactive, instead of being reactive,” Hoagland, the Mingo Junction Republican, explained Wednesday morning. “We can’t do enough ...

Jefferson County Fair a chance to enjoy life

Editorials

A good, old-fashioned piece of Americana will be renewed for the 148th time this week at Friendship Park in Smithfield. It’s the Jefferson County Fair, and it continues to serve as a way of connecting what was good from days gone by with what’s good about today. It’s reassuring to ...

Amsterdam embraces outreach of mayor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: June 28 was the date — Rogers Park in Amsterdam took on a new life. The beautiful setting enjoyed by local residents exploded with fun and activities, as more than 600 people of all ages came together for a nostalgic afternoon with family and friends. Bouncy houses, music, ...

These men are not victims

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Quick — someone get me a violin so I can start the pity party for all of the pedophile priests who are the “neglected victims” (“Priests accused of abuse turn to under-the-radar group,” Aug. 3.) Why just molly-coddle the priests? What about all of the other pedophiles ...

Time to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s time to declare August as “setting the record straight month” here on the Herald-Star’s letters page. Barry Bardone’s letter of Aug. 4 (“Progressives have nothing to offer”) states that members of the Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Coalition ...

Guest column/Convincing young people to stay in region

Local Columns

As students get their minds around returning to school this time of year, here at the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, we are concluding one of our favorite programs — the Community Leader Internship Program. Established in 2012, the program, formerly known as the Civic Leaders ...