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Editorials

Church leaders must be serious

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be in a ...

Death penalty discussion needed

This year, Ohio could join the 21 other states that have written the death penalty out of their criminal codes. It would be understandable if Buckeye State legislators make the move. Putting someone to death legally has become more and more difficult. Ohio permits only lethal injection as ...

Get tested for cervical cancer

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2020. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Here’s hoping 2020 is a very good year

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2020 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. There should be good things in the year ...

Think before you drink

New Year’s parties are about to get under way, and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

Remembering those we have lost this past year

It’s likely that you lost a cultural icon who meant something to you during 2019, whether from the world of politics, art or sports. We were reminded this past year of the importance a single person can make through the loses of a couple of giants from the world of politics in U.S. Rep. ...

DiLoreto served our region well

There will be a familiar face missing when Steubenville City Council resumes its regular meeting schedule on Jan. 7. Gerald “Yonk” DiLoreto, a fixture in city government for more than 50 years, will not be sitting in his familiar spot, advocating for residents of the city’s 1st ...

Agreement good for area education

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, often in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and Wheeling ...

Plans for rest areas on target

Ohioans may wonder a bit about the state’s attempts to better market itself to travelers — more than one online commenter believed the child-like “Ohio: Find it here” signs installed about a year ago were a joke — but the folks in Columbus seem to be truly working on making a better ...

This bowl season has our interest

There was a time not that long ago when the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Year’s Day. That’s changed since the playoff system was established, but that doesn’t mean that this time of year is any less exciting — especially if you are among the ...