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Opinion

Treat your pets with kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Anyone with a pet in his or her household should make sure they care for their animals. If you have a pet, you should treat it almost like family. Animals can only do so much for themselves, so you have to do the rest, like getting their food and water and having a good ...

Urban Mission extends thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the Urban Mission, its staff and board of directors, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the Ohio Valley for the loving generosity it demonstrated toward the care of so many people throughout 2019. “Love Works” was the Urban Mission’s ...

Here’s how to make America great

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The words of one man have changed the outlook of so many. As we reflect upon the past year, in honest truth, we have allowed ourselves to either be offended by, or prideful to defend, a four-word phrase. How easily our attention has been diverted by simplicity. The fact ...

Guest column/Alcohol regulation in Ohio — what’s legal?

Local Columns

A free market in alcoholic beverages has never existed in American history. A 1970 U.S. Supreme Court decision noted that, in 1660, “the precursor of modern-day liquor legislation was enacted in England, which allowed commissioners to enter, on demand, brewing houses at all times for ...

Guest column/Opportunity zones can work for business, too

Local Columns

It is almost as though you can’t pick up a newspaper or go to a media website without reading about opportunity zones. Those articles, for the most part, deal with the pros and cons of opportunity zones and focus on real estate developers and multi-family housing. There is another side to ...

Church leaders must be serious

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be in a ...

Death penalty discussion needed

Editorials

This year, Ohio could join the 21 other states that have written the death penalty out of their criminal codes. It would be understandable if Buckeye State legislators make the move. Putting someone to death legally has become more and more difficult. Ohio permits only lethal injection as ...

Get tested for cervical cancer

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2020. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Here’s hoping 2020 is a very good year

Editorials

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2020 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. There should be good things in the year ...

Think before you drink

Editorials

New Year’s parties are about to get under way, and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...