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Editorials

We are proud to serve our region

Try to imagine what William Lowry and John Miller saw when they looked out of the windows of their building that sat along North Third Street on June 7, 1806. The Steubenville of their time was little more than a frontier town, itself founded not that many years before. The area was still ...

D-Day sacrifices still remembered

Saturday marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on that day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches ...

Protesters welcome, but instigators aren’t

We’ve seen the scenario play out during the past week in communities across the country: Protesters gather to make a statement about the state of our country after the May 25 death of George Floyd. They are peaceful — they march on city streets, hold events in parks and conduct gatherings ...

Don’t forget our struggle with drugs

Long after COVID-19 is just a bad memory, substance abuse will remain a scourge in Ohio. Years from now, the death toll from it will dwarf the number of fatalities from the virus. We were reminded of the insidious evil of drug abuse last week, when state officials in Ohio added a new drug, ...

Courage, integrity are needed now

Sometimes we wish we could rewind something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred May 25 in ...

Communities stand behind graduates

There’s no doubt this has been a disappointing spring for this year’s high school seniors. They never had the chance to close out their careers in sports. There was no opportunity to perform in one last musical. Annual awards dinners? Nope. There have been no proms, no graduation ...

Perkins deserving of coaching honor

His team might not have had the chance to defend its 2019 Ohio state baseball championship, but that does not diminish the work Brian Perkins, the school’s longtime coach, has done. Those efforts were recognized Thursday evening when Perkins was named as the recipient of the Ohio Valley ...

Brooke 911 levy deserves support

When the 911 phone system for handling emergency calls was set up, it appeared an excellent way of funding them had been devised. Users of landline telephones would pay small fees to support 911 service. Then cellphones became all the rage — and many buyers dropped their landline phones. ...

Looking to find solution for signs

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign “Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind “Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” The lines from the pop song “Signs” are as appropriate today as they were when they were first written in 1970 by Les Emmerson of the ...

Early voting a good option in West Virginia

West Virginia’s primary election is officially two weeks away, with residents set to head to the polls June 9 after voting was rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting by Mountain State residents has been going on for a while now, though, and, beginning today, it is in full ...