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Local Columns

January’s creeping closer

We're just heading into the heart of the pennant races of Major League Baseball, and it's way too early to even begin to predict how far the Pirates will play into the postseason.That doesn't mean, however, that it's too early to start to look at what could lie ahead in the postseason. While ...

Guest column/Teachers are most critical part of education system

It's the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted.Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity. But the sheer size of the undertaking is mind-boggling. Here in the United States, our K-12 public ...

Guest column/We’re working to defend the rule of law

John Adams once coined a phrase which perhaps best personifies the American form of order: "A government of laws, and not of men." His meaning behind this phrase was quite clear. Laws should be broad, they should apply to everyone and they should never be narrow. Above all, the law should never ...

A banner year for carrots in the ears

I'm not sure what the problem is, if Better Half and I are growing a banner crop of carrots in our ears or what, but our communication ways of late seem to be waning.With some frequency, we are falling into this ongoing occurrence of not hearing what the other person is saying altogether or ...

4-H events eyed on threshold of fair

The 144th Jefferson County Fair officially begins on Tuesday, but there are 4-H events that have to be completed today and Monday before the events get under way.Today is when work done these past many months will be rewarded at the 4-H Awards presentation and along with this is a style review ...

Time to go for a little spin

I don't ride amusements that spin.I will ride things that rotate - the carousel and the turtle are fine.But I won't ride anything that spins.This is a rule.The Long Suffering Husband and the children know this, and often torture me by asking if I would like to ride something that spins, knowing ...

Good reads stand test of time

There has never been a shortage of material written about sports. Sports in general also has served as the subject of countless movies - of the theatrical and made-for-television varieties.Very few of those numerous books and movies stand out, though. There certainly are a few exceptions. For ...

Guest column/President’s carbon plan bad for Ohio, bad for America

Last week, the Obama Administration and its radical EPA decided to fundamentally change our energy grid, putting all Americans at risk. The so-called "Clean Power Plan" will be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on our electric power sector, with a projected price tag of $366 billion or ...

Guest column/Walk reveals how far some sections of city have fallen

On July 19, I had the privilege to walk with the Steubenville Big Red Band in its annual march-a-thon. As we started out on our 4.5- to 5-mile trip, I began to look around, and to say I was appalled is an understatement. Our city officials should be ashamed of themselves for what has happened ...

Of odds and ends in the grocery cart

When the kids were little, and we'd all go grocery shopping as one big moderately happy consumer family, it wasn't unusual for unexpected odds and ends to wind up in the shopping cart.These were discoveries that weren't made until we got to the checkout line, of course, and started unloading ...