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Opinion

Let’s reflect on the Constitution

Editorials

Today we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

First responders now have shorter detour

Editorials

Residents in the Bergholz area who have been concerned about the problems created when a bridge along county Road 53 was closed received a bit of good news last week. Officials with Jefferson County 911 and the Bergholz and East Springfield fire and emergency medical services worked out a ...

Pretty cool having Aunt Betty as my neighbor

Local Columns

It’s pretty cool being next-door neighbors with Aunt Betty. That’s a definite perk of returning to my roots and living in the family homestead where my father was born, where Houts have lived continuously since the house was built in the 1880s, and where my dad lived in his adult married ...

Powerful thoughts, words

Local Columns

Having a strong faith, believing in others, being thankful for the gifts in your life, never forgetting to help others and remembering the impact a single person can have on the life of another are things for everyone to remember. Reminders about how important those qualities are came ...

JMHA continues to move forward

Editorials

The Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority got more good news Thursday, when it received a $250,000 grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money, the most that was available under the HUD program, will be used to improve security at the authority’s ...

Abdalla has earned thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The evening of Sept. 8 always will be a night to remember in Jefferson County history. That’s when hundreds of people packed the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus hall to honor their hero, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. The sheriff’s supporters from all around ...

Johnson supports city residents

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In less than two months, the citizens of Steubenville will go to the ballot box and decide the next councilperson at large. To me, the choice is easy — Michael R. Johnson is the right person for the job. I attend council meetings on a regular basis. Since I regularly ...

Ron Ferguson will fight for area

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ron Ferguson of Jefferson County has decided to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He has been interested in political issues for a long time. I have done volunteer work for him on several issues in Jefferson County and Ohio. Ferguson’s leadership and ...

We will face consequences

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many people, including me, believe that the “war on police” in our country began when President Obama declared that “cops are stupid.” We have seen escalating attacks on police officers including violence and murder. Where do people get their information about the ...

Guest column/Border home of a real, humanitarian crisis

Local Columns

Recently, I visited America’s southern border with Mexico at the El Paso crossing, which is the second busiest port of entry along our southern border. In every aspect, the reality on the ground is much different than how the national media and cable TV talking heads portray it. Here’s ...