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Opinion

Rough draft of history

Local Columns

It’s a simple phrase, but like many simple phrases it carries a great deal of truth. “News is only the first rough draft of history.” No one is quite sure who first came up with that gem, but it is one of those sets of words that has stood the test of time, repeatedly proving itself ...

Still time to choose a star

Editorials

If you have not nominated a friend or neighbor to be among those who are considered for selection as a 2020 Community Star, we hope you will take to heart this reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. After ...

People always make the difference

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Having recently retired from ministry here in the Ohio Valley, it occurred to me that a thank-you was in order. Twenty-eight years ago, going on 29 now, our family relocated from East Fairfield where we had spent most of our lives and were quite at home. What we discovered ...

Biden can’t really relate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Bumbling basement buffoon Joe Biden recently stated on CNBC, “I have a record with 40 years, I’m going to beat Joe Biden.” “I’m going to raise your taxes.” “I relate to the working man, I’m from Scranton.” He hasn’t lived there for 65 years, He’s ...

Just wear your mask

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a recent interview for AXIOS on HBO, Donald Trump again reiterated his argument that the reason the U.S. has so many coronavirus cases is we do so much more testing. Then, when confronted by the fact that the U.S. has the most COVID-19 deaths per capita, his argument shifted ...

Mail-in voting will work

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For 15 years Ohio has had “no-excuse” absentee and mail-in voting. Ohio is one of 38 states that have no excuse absentee voting — it is a safe and secure way for Ohioans to exercise their right to participate in our democracy. I have voted absentee by mail many ...

Area is blessed by providers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Before retiring from professional practices in Steubenville and Columbus, I frequently advised clients and colleagues to never take for granted high-quality services they received. We Americans know how to complain quite well. We should find ways to voice praise when receiving ...

Socialism should be feared

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Everyone should be fearful of socialism in an American society. Socialism implies more government control of goods, services and energy resources and less individual freedom and responsibilities. Money and government are in the hands of a few government bureaucrats. It is not ...

Innovation is happening

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently, a reader opined that our world is awash in plastic, the viability of fracking leading to new jobs in the Ohio Valley is in serious doubt and that we must innovate by supporting research (“Our survival’s on the line,” Aug. 2.) Yet, it seems as if the only ...

Trump works hard for Americans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We have something in America that is more deadly than any COVID-19 Virus. It’s called anarchy (a state of lawlessness and disorder and the lack of common-sense government authority.) No person, place, neighborhood or infrastructure is safe. It has the ability to turn a ...