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Opinion

Candidate stands for all citizens

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Like many Ohioans, I’m concerned with the direction the political leadership of our state is taking us. Both parties are too preoccupied in owning each other that they have lost focus on being public servants. I personally can’t recall the last time an elected official has ...

Choose freedoms over fears

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Jan. 6 marks the 79th anniversary of the address to Congress by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which he articulated four goals, known as the “Four Freedoms.” The four freedoms he outlined were freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from ...

Guest Column/History in the hills: New year, old history

Local Columns

A new year is fast approaching, and in a few days 2019 will be history. History is what these articles have been about after all. The past leads the future, and it is clear that our future is greatly impacted by the past! I must say that it helps that historians have the gift of hindsight. ...

Agreement good for area education

Editorials

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, often in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and Wheeling ...

Ol Lang Syne, a time to remember and to dream

Local Columns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. (First verse and chorus by Robert Burns, 1788) “Auld lang ...

A new year, will bring new obstacles to share the gospel

Local Columns

This is the beginning of a new year with new obstacles to overcome. As most of you know, I lost my husband, Paul, who normally wrote these articles. I was up half the night with this article rolling through my head so I believe the Lord has commissioned me to carry on where Paul has left off. ...

Plans for rest areas on target

Editorials

Ohioans may wonder a bit about the state’s attempts to better market itself to travelers — more than one online commenter believed the child-like “Ohio: Find it here” signs installed about a year ago were a joke — but the folks in Columbus seem to be truly working on making a better ...

This bowl season has our interest

Editorials

There was a time not that long ago when the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Year’s Day. That’s changed since the playoff system was established, but that doesn’t mean that this time of year is any less exciting — especially if you are among the ...

Merry Christmas

Editorials

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

Spirit of season remains alive

Editorials

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...