Local Columns

Humpty Dumpty is falling and Republicans are to blame

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.” The reason we teach impressionable children ages-old wisdom is because they will need it later on. Very few eventually learn that an ...

Lungs, marijuana, and cancer

Common sense says that putting smoke, aerosol, vehicle exhaust, asbestos, coal dust, silica, or any inhaled (deliberate or not deliberate) chemicals into your lungs is going against self-preservation and a healthy body. But, humans demand study results before they’ll say what common sense ...

The “Peace Olympics”: Will the rapprochement last?

A sudden detente, anchored by the leaders of the two Koreas, has brought a welcome de-escalation of tensions on the Peninsula. Korea watchers are calling the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics the “Peace Olympics.” “The big story of the 2018 Winter Olympics has been the participation of ...

Social Studies Night at Putnam

Putnam Elementary staff, with support from our PTO and some community members, will be having a social studies night on Feb. 27. This will be an opportunity for Putnam students and families to participate and enjoy activities, demonstrations and see some displays together. Over the past several ...

Ohio kids need programs

Growing up in East Liverpool, I have to take care of myself a lot of the times. Both my parents struggle with addiction, which is all too common in our area. It has been up to me to get myself breakfast, lunch and dinner, to make sure I go to the doctor if I was sick, and to make sure I have ...

Tax cuts make the leap from recovery to prosperity

In an economy like ours, tax cuts go to work for the American people. Ohio makes it plain to see. And fortunately, our leaders in Washington recognized that. They finished out 2017 with a landmark tax bill that’s now bringing well-earned relief across the state-and across the country. To ...

Tax reform helps create more opportunity for Marietta families

For too long, our tax code has held back rather than helped middle-class families. Expenses have gone up—healthcare being the biggest expense—and wages have been flat for more than a decade. With the new tax reform law, we are making the American Dream more than just a dream for ...

Economic status, and the opioid crisis

The Appalachian Ohio region spans from the periphery of Cincinnati to the edge of Cleveland, following the Ohio River. The 32 counties of Ohio’s 88 counties are considered Appalachian. The Appalachian Regional Commission monitors, compares, sums, and averages the economic status of these 32 ...

GOP tax reform bill is a big favor to the middle class

Philip W. Sturm was West Virginia Professor of the Year in 2000 and has been Professor of History for 50 years at three different institutions of higher education in the U.S., but that does not obscure the fact that he is a liberal Democrat, and is in fact no expert on United States tax ...

Trump’s Greatest Mistake: Winning

“The Presidency is an MRI of the soul” — David Axelrod That includes the president’s voters, too. Trump voters are in for a big surprise come judgement day. My recent horoscope said: Writing matters. Pour your soul out as ink onto paper... Most people would blow that off. But I’ve ...

House Bill 214 champions equality for the unborn

In December of 2017, legislation providing protections and equality for unborn children was signed into law by Governor Kasich. Also known as the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, House Bill 214 was one I was proud to support, as it makes great strides in the fight for the rights and ...

S. Korea’s President defuses tensions with the north

North and South Korean teams are to match together under the “Korean Unification Flag” at the XXIIIWinter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 9. The Korean Unification Flag, designed to represent all of Korea with a blue silhouette of the Peninsula in the ...

Good Samaritan law is clarified

What is Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law? This law allows qualified persons who would otherwise be subjected to arrest for a minor drug possession offense to not be arrested if they seek or obtain medical assistance for themselves or another individual (Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.11, Possession ...

Engineer’s son knows facts behind sewer dispute

My name is Joseph A. Helm III. My late father, Joseph A. Helm Jr., graduated from North Carolina State University in 1957 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Engineering remains a strong place in the country at N.C. State, but it was near the tops in the nation when my father graduated in ...

City Schools and Read Aloud Day

Reading is a very important skill! For those of us who can read, it is difficult to imagine life without reading. Think of any job or career – some reading is required, varying only in the quantity and level of difficulty. Think of the countless ways in your personal life that reading is ...

Historic opportunity for Chinese students

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put forth an ambitious development plan for northern China. China’s State Council announced in April that it would establish a third special economic zone (SEZ), the Xiong’an New Area, in the northern province of Hebei. The Xiong’an New Area, according to ...

Mental health, next steps

Thank you to all the mental health levy supporters who made it to the polls Nov. 7. By doing so you helped to give thousands of people in Washington County a renewed hope for a better future! The Washington County Behavioral Health Board (WCBHB) is honored by the generosity and faith ...

House Republicans made good on tax reform promise

House Republicans promised we would send tax reform legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature in 2017. We delivered! Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit all Americans and their families. For the first time since ...

Even so, come Lord Jesus

Are you, as am I, weary of all the political nonsense; of all the endless and meaningless rhetoric of self-consumed politicians. Weary of all the anger that courses throughout our government? Weary of politicians fighting for political control instead of fighting for we, the people? Weary of ...