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Letters to the Editor

Laws must be updated

To the editor: On Feb. 4, 1887, Congress passed a law that kept states from being able to prevent one state from shipping commodities to another state, Such as Idaho not allowing another potato grower from selling their goods to Idaho. This law grew from a railroad issue to broader areas.. ...

Laman party a success

To the editor: The 41st-annual Ray Laman Children’s Christmas Party, held Dec. 14, at Wintersville Fire and Rescue, was another great success. All attending enjoyed the sing-along with guitarist Kenny Wells and son and danced with Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch and Mrs. Claus before the ...

Treat your pets with kindness

To the editor: Anyone with a pet in his or her household should make sure they care for their animals. If you have a pet, you should treat it almost like family. Animals can only do so much for themselves, so you have to do the rest, like getting their food and water and having a good ...

Urban Mission extends thanks

To the editor: On behalf of the Urban Mission, its staff and board of directors, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Ohio Valley for the loving generosity it demonstrated toward the care of so many people throughout 2019. “Love Works” was the Urban Mission’s ...

Here’s how to make America great

To the editor: The words of one man have changed the outlook of so many. As we reflect upon the past year, in honest truth, we have allowed ourselves to either be offended by, or prideful to defend, a four-word phrase. How easily our attention has been diverted by simplicity. The fact ...

Think before you click

To the editor: The legitimate news media remains under attack, and that should scare you. That’s why I propose we stop using the term, “fake news.” It keeps us from knowing the facts and hampers those who are trying to bring you information. Ever wonder how journalism got maligned? ...

Congress, not seniors, the problem

To the editor: I am very offended when someone infers that the senior citizens of the United States who are drawing Social Security benefits are a drain on the rest of the country. On Wednesday, the Herald -Star published a column written by Patrick Buchanan (“Today it’s France — ...

Candidate stands for all citizens

To the editor: Like many Ohioans, I’m concerned with the direction the political leadership of our state is taking us. Both parties are too preoccupied in owning each other that they have lost focus on being public servants. I personally can’t recall the last time an elected official has ...

Choose freedoms over fears

To the editor: Jan. 6 marks the 79th anniversary of the address to Congress by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which he articulated four goals, known as the “Four Freedoms.” The four freedoms he outlined were freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from ...

Parade was special event

To the editor: As mayor of Steubenville, I want to thank all those who were involved in this year’s Christmas parade. Even though the weather was inclement, the spirit of the season was alive and well on Fourth Street. I am so very grateful to TEAM Automotive Group and the Teramana family ...