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Editorials

Toronto changes make real sense

Residents of Toronto will have the chance to change the way members of City Council are elected when they go to the polls on Nov. 5. They are being asked to vote on a proposal that would change the terms of City Council members to four years, while also establishing a system of staggering the ...

Library deserves support for levy

The system operated by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County is a true asset to residents from around the region. One of the reasons it can provide the multitude of services it does is money generated from its 1-mill levy. The five-year issue, which brought in $1.3 million ...

Speaker series a plus for our area

For the last seven years, everyone associated with the Herald-Star Speaker Series has worked hard to ensure area residents had access to quality presentations from noteworthy individuals. That tradition will continue Wednesday, when we welcome Matthew Charles for his 7:30 p.m. presentation in ...

Edison voters should say ‘yes’

Voters in the Edison Local School District will have the chance to invest in the future when they vote in the Nov. 5 election. They are being asked to approve a 2.1-mill, seven-year emergency levy that will provide the money needed to centralize the district’s sports and school facilities ...

Hahn has earned a second term

Steubenville residents will face an interesting choice when they vote for council at large in the Nov. 5 election. Republican incumbent Kimberly Hahn is being challenged by nonparty candidate Michael Johnson and Democrat Michael Walenciej for the seat. Each is campaigning on a platform that ...

Area chambers promote region

It was fitting that members of the Jefferson County and Follansbee chambers of commerce gathered earlier this week for their respective annual dinners. Both events were held Wednesday, which was National Chamber of Commerce Day. Celebrated each year on the third Wednesday in October, it’s a ...

U.S. should not promote opioids

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...

Sharing resources a smart way to go

Not so many years ago, it seemed feasible for small local governments in our area to strive for freestanding street maintenance departments. That era is just a fond memory now. Officials in three towns — Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville — realized months ago that a new piece of street ...

Area residents deserve recognition

We’re glad members of Steubenville City Council recognized a couple of area residents whose knowledge and quick thinking helped save the life of a decorated Vietnam veteran. Dan Wilson and Patrick McLaughlin were singled out during the Oct. 8 meeting for their efforts to revive Jack Ernest. ...

W.Va. training session important for firefighters

We rely on the skills and training of our firefighters to protect us, our families and our homes in the event of structure fires, vehicle crashes and even medical emergencies. It is a dangerous job and requires them to be on the top of their game and to undergo years of training. During the ...