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Local Columns

Guest column/Learn about judicial candidates

Two weeks from today, Ohioans will vote in the 2016 primary election to determine the judicial candidates who will appear on the general election ballot.JudicialVotesCount.org, a nonpartisan website that features biographies of court candidates running for judge, can assist voters. Launched in ...

Having faith in our future

Like many young men and women who have grown up in our region during the past 30 or 40 years, John Mascio had no intention of coming home after he graduated from law school.Fate had something to say in his plans."I didn't intend to return to Steubenville," Mascio told those who gathered ...

Guest column/Let the next president choose the new Supreme Court justice

America lost a stalwart advocate for our rule of law system with the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and we now face a tremendous challenge to maintain balance on the court. He was one of America's most revered and admired justices - a strong, articulate defender of the ...

‘Museum’ curator vs. ‘Me-Me-Me Queen’

Never mind all these political debates on television during this presidential election year.We have husband-and-wife-issue debates in our living room all the time.One of them unfolded the other evening when Better Half started questioning my judgment about accepting a piece of furniture that ...

Getting ready for a lion or a lamb

March will be here on Tuesday. Isn't there something about coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, or vice versa? I remember my mother making a statement such as, "Well, it's windy outside, so if March is coming in like a lion it will be going out like a lamb."Some years it was a warm ...

Being prepared for a post-apocalyptic world

I have spent what is probably too much time thinking about post-apocalyptic living.Until recently, I was convinced I would be wonderful at it. There are many reasons I thought I would survive the zombie hordes, including the fact that the Miserable Old Uncle is a dedicated prepper and I could ...

The message center near the coffee pot

I scribbled the note and put it next to the coffee pot before I left for work.That is the understood overnight communication center in the Kiaski household when I need to convey important information to Better Half first thing in the morning.If I want a message to be seen, I park it next to the ...

Of snow, Valentines and clotheslines

It was a better day than expected for Valentine's Day. I think most of us were expecting more heavy snow or something in the way of freezing rain, but it was sunny, although cold as the inside of an icicle if you stood outside for a short time.Churches in Smithfield were canceled for their ...

Some things are inevitable

It seems that there is at least one word that always manages to work its way into every election cycle.That word is inevitability.We've seen it and heard it over and over again. For example, a little more than eight years ago, it was inevitable that Hillary Clinton would overcome her ...

Guest column/Working to help stop Ohio’s heroin emergency

Unintentional drug overdoses claimed the lives of 2,482 Ohioans in 2014.That's nearly four deaths every day, and an alarming jump - more than 17 percent - over 2013's drug-induced fatalities.Heroin infests every county in Ohio. No city, town or village - urban or rural - escapes its clutches. ...