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Opinion

Region receives some good news

Editorials

Area residents were minded last week that there will be life — and, in all probability, prosperity for many — after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. News from regional officials was very good. First, it was revealed that three local government entities will be receiving enormous ...

Remember: Common sense must come first

Editorials

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...

Strange days, indeed

Local Columns

These are some very strange times. Normally at this time of year, the calendar of events being held across the region would be full. There would be fundraisers for local charities, annual dinners held by various organizations and other year-end meetings. We’d be getting notice of all ...

Feeling just a little out of sorts mentally

Local Columns

Better Half read me the poll question in the newspaper, then waited for my response. “Do you feel the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your mental health?” I frowned. Yes and no. I have felt a little distracted, maybe more so than usual. Extra stressed, I suppose if the truth be ...

Trail numbers looking good

Editorials

We received another reminder about our region’s potential for growth a little more than a week ago in the form of a feasibility study prepared by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The work, which covers 89 pages, concludes that the completion of the Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland trail corridor ...

Trump not winning at all

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Before you go off the wall and claim there are some undeserving people who will benefit from the bailout that’s just about to hit American families across this country, first think about this: We need to act now… not only to save lives but make no mistake about it, this ...

Thanks go to the students

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the operator of Hounds’ Haven animal shelter, I meet a lot of pet parents, advocates and animal lovers. But when I encounter young people with that special compassion for animals, it is easy to see that their love and concern is genuine. That was never more apparent than ...

Festival collaboration good for community

Editorials

Not too long after he learned that Dean Martin had died on Dec. 25, 1995, then-Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci announced that the city would find a way to honor one of its most-beloved native sons. That led to the formation of the Dean Martin Committee, which would organize what would ...

We shouldn’t have been surprised

Editorials

We knew it was coming. When we learned Wednesday night that a Jefferson County resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and then discovered Thursday a Hancock County resident had tested positive as well, the news was less a shock than a stark reminder of the necessity for all of us to do ...

Remember those who need help

Editorials

Even during normal times, there are many area residents among us who rely on nonprofit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing offered by several area ...