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Opinion

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 ...

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 ...