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Opinion

Taking steps to cover children

Editorials

It appears there are more avenues than ever for states to ensure as many children as possible are covered by health insurance. So why were nearly 12,000 fewer Ohio youngsters covered in 2018 than in 2016? Gov. Mike DeWine is among those disturbed by the report, published in the Columbus ...

There’s still time to get a flu shot

Editorials

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Figure you’re young and strong and wouldn’t have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Well, if you come in contact with older people, children or anyone else for whom flu is serious — perhaps deadly — business, shame ...

Voters will decide the fate of sheriff

Editorials

Misbehavior of the type in which Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer was caught is precisely the reason why the work of the West Virginia Ethics Commission is important. Palmer’s misdeed was relatively minor — but still serious. He broke faith with voters who elected him in ...

Program in need of area mentors

Editorials

Steubenville’s Parks and Recreation Department is launching a new program designed to improve the lives of the city’s young people. Using a $111,000 grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association, local officials plan to establish a network of adult mentors whose main job will ...

Elect judges on merit, not party

Editorials

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a ...

It’s a good time to check detectors

Editorials

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You might have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Have you checked your smoke and carbon monoxide ...

Spelling bees under way

Local Columns

While we might be just a few days into the new year, the Tri-State Area’s winter schedule already is starting to heat up. Among the events that many people look forward to every year is the Jefferson-Harrison County Spelling Bee, which is presented by the Herald-Star. It’s an event that ...

Rediscovering all the wonders of duct tape

Local Columns

Less than a week into the new year, and I’ve discovered a few things or been reminded of what I already knew. That would include the wonders of duct tape. You might be inclined to give up things because it’s a new year, and that might be fine and dandy, but my advice is to never try to ...

Let’s do something about national debt

Editorials

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Laman party a success

Letters to the Editor

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 ...