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Local Columns

Guest column/Gas, oil association will speak with one voice

Our two companies differ — in size, in approach to drilling for natural gas, in well size and in geographic reach. But when it comes to the future of our industry, we speak with one voice. And that’s why we’re thrilled to be a part of the Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia, which ...

What happens when you move downstairs

My daily “aerobics” workout has changed quite a bit. It used to be that my co-workers and I had three flights of 28 steep steps to climb to get to the second-floor newsroom, to make our way to our desks and our newspaper environment. And, no, there’s no elevator to take. Imagine ...

Some happy motoring

As more and more people get their COVID-19 vaccinations, people are looking to resume their lives and spend some time away from their homes. That means we are returning to the highways. And it follows there is no shortage of surveys and statistics that remind us about the importance of ...

History in the Hills: Titanic local connections

It’s funny how some things from childhood stay with you into adulthood. I hear often folks talk about things they were into once upon a time, usually an activity, interest or book that brought them joy as a child but doesn’t seem to resonate any longer. I think that is natural. Tastes, ...

Will the condiment cops be coming after me?

I don’t think of myself as a “little packet condiment hog or hoarder,” but sometimes I probably am — not necessarily by choice or my own action. Sometimes I’m a victim. This accumulation/overabundance just happens, much like the weather. I did a little gasp earlier this week ...

Election cycle continues

Sometimes, it seems, the election gods just seem to get it right. They know when it’s time to give all of us a break. That’s good for our psyche, but it probably is not, in the long run, good for our democratic form of government. We’re going through what is, probably, the most off of ...

Guest column/Renewals of Issues 1, 2 are important

It is time again to ask the citizens to renew Steubenville’s .7 of 1 percent and .3 percent of 1 percent tax issues, Issues 1 and 2 on the primary ballot this spring. Every five years since the mid-1980s these issues have been renewed by the voters and have provided the funds necessary to ...

Guest column/Southern border situation a travesty

It seems to me that this country went seriously awry when voters elected a Democrat administration that rejects the fact that we’re a sovereign nation. I’m an immigrant. Let me illustrate how immigration to the United States used to work: ¯ In the fall of 1964 I applied for an ...

Guest column/CARA 3.0 will help Ohioans beat addiction

For years, the United States has struggled to overcome an epidemic of addiction that has devastated communities in Ohio and across the country. Unfortunately, recent data suggests that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least ...

Needing that Saturday devotional experience

Although my Saturdays have their own rhythm and routine from which I rarely deviate, I still look forward to them just the same as a special day of the week. Part of that’s because I’m off on Saturday as a rule and that means I can have some leisurely morning time before I head down to ...