Local Columns

Guest column/Grassley-Klobuchar ushers in counterfeit drugs

Congress is poised to consider a bill that would allow Americans to import prescription drugs from Canada. The bill’s authors — Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — label their effort as a bipartisan push to “help Americans who struggle to pay exorbitant prices for ...

Guest column/As hackers get smarter, energy industry shores up defense

America is under attack. Every day, we’re besieged by a group of enemy combatants. Nameless, faceless and spread throughout the world, this group is united by a single aim: To upend American life as we know it. These attackers are not soldiers or terrorists in the traditional sense. They ...

Guest column/National Crime Victims’ Week chance to reflect

It was forty-five years ago. I still think about it. I think about how helpless I was when the three thugs on a city bus robbed me of my valuables at knifepoint as I was coming home from school. My experience pales in comparison to what so many crime victims deal with on a day-to-day basis. ...

Two interesting reads

If you didn’t have the chance to read a couple of articles that were in the March 31 edition, you really owe it to yourself to make some time to check them out. The first dealt with our region’s populations numbers, and as Mark Law and Craig Howell reported in their article “Study ...

Growing up without ‘helicopter parents’

I did not grow up with “helicopter parents” or “snowplow parents,” either. The thought of my mom and dad falling in either category is as amusing as it is absurd. Such parenting styles were topics of discussion I recently had in the wake of the college admissions scandal that’s ...

Guest column/A failure to budget is a failure to govern

I was elected to represent the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio in Congress. For the last eight-plus years, I have worked to protect your freedoms, grow your paychecks and create more job opportunities to improve your quality of life, make America more energy independent, and improve ...

Guest column/JOBS Act will help connect Ohioans with work

With the help of new pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing, and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing both job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Area improvements

Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla has seen a lot of change in the community in his lifetime. Not all of it has been for the better. The steel mills that helped to drive the economy of the Tri-State Area had gone, the city’s once-vibrant downtown was left with too many open storefronts, and ...

Offering an end-of-first-quarter assessment

Today marks the end of the first quarter of 2019. Three months gone. History. I can’t help but think back to New Year’s Eve, remembering in a wincing kind of way how I vowed to do this and do that. Start off the first part of the New Year with a swirl of productivity. But wow, where ...

Guest column/Hearts open in response to volleyball tragedy

I have said repeatedly the Ohio Valley is a special place to live, for when tragedy strikes. the local response is swift and powerful. Tragedy befell an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference volleyball team last summer. Lauren Thomas, a junior for Beaver Local, suffered a stroke July 14 while ...