Opinion

Taking our freedoms for granted

Local Columns

Isn’t it terrible how our children are being used and exploited these days? I’m not talking about pedophiles or child porn hucksters, although today’s perpetrators are nearly as despicable. First an instance of child exploitation in our own region. West Virginia teachers recently held ...

Ohioans deserve clean air and responsible development

Local Columns

In the viewpoint published on March 17th Dr. Robert Chase presents a false choice between the economic benefits of oil and gas development and clean air protections for Ohio communities. The truth is that we can both encourage a more responsible energy industry and protect our air. Voluntary ...

Why Kim Jong-un went to Beijing

Local Columns

Kim Jong-un paid an surprise, highly secretive visit to Beijing from March 26 to 27, marking the first time the 34-year-old North Korean leader has set foot outside the Hermit Kingdom since he took power in 2011. Chinese authorities greeted the North Korean leader with an over-the-top ...

Beware of tax scams as deadline draws near

Editorials

Good news: The deadline for filing tax returns is two days later than usual this year. Bad news: This year’s filing won’t reflect the new tax law passed in December (that impacts this year’s tax returns, which must be filed next year). April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, followed by ...

Voters should support Ritter for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

Although in today’s world of quick to react (vicious mentality), I certainly don’t understand why after significant thought and prayer that anyone would choose to run for public office. However, I am certainly grateful for those men and women of character who ultimately choose to run and ...

og warden quick to answer call for help

Letters to the Editor

On March 6, I left a message for Sgt. (Kelly) McGilton and asked if she could please advise on who I needed to contact for help in regards to an animal cruelty complaint. Sgt. McGilton returned my call and after our conversation she informed me that “absolutely we will investigate!” ...

Your vote is your voice, so use it

Letters to the Editor

On March 24, I attended the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. As a retired school teacher, I found the event to be very powerful thanks to the young Americans who want to change their future. These remarkable teenagers are standing up against the gun violence that permeates our ...

Barton for Commissioner on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

I choose to support Jeremy Barton as candidate for Washington County Commissioner. I first met Jeremy while working on campaigns for local and state candidates. I found Barton to be approachable, reasonable, and knowledgeable about Washington County and its residents. Jeremy Barton is a ...

Our schools are better thanks to volunteers

Editorials

It is easy to overlook the contributions volunteers make to our area schools. They come from all walks of life and in all ages. They are professionals in our community, They are the people who attended school many years ago and are looking for a way to give back to the community. They are ...

Letter about nation’s debt missed the mark

Letters to the Editor

The letter about the the debt’s increase was eerily silent about one fact that was ignored. During the last administration the socialists added $7.917 trillion to our debt. Silence was the outburst of the day while this robbery of our nation’s future was occurring. The $7.917 trillion ...

Voters should elect Barton for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Jeremy Barton for commissioner. I have had the pleasure of knowing Barton for several years. I have found him to be an honest and hardworking man that is down to earth. He has a good dose of common sense that will serve him well when dealing with issues related ...

Medical marijuana process has been flawed

Editorials

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...

Be sure to vote Livengood on Election Day

Letters to the Editor

Matthew Livengood is the best Write-in Candidate for Washington County Auditor. As Detachment Commander in the 261st Ordnance Company during Operation Enduring Freedom (2011), Matthew was responsible for over $7 million of equipment and the health and welfare of over 50 soldiers. He was ...

Oil and gas industry won’t police itself

Letters to the Editor

Some people think methamphetamine is harmful. But we don’t need a law or agency to control it. The concerned parties should just hold a meeting and draw up a voluntary document agreeing that they won’t abuse the stuff. Problem solved, right? Let the industry police itself. Oops, I made ...

It’s prom season, make it a safe one

Editorials

Be assured, preparations have long been under way for this year’s area high school proms, as area students have been anticipating a truly magical evening for many months. The first of the local proms is planned for Saturday. We hope each and every student has a wonderful night filled with ...

Join in the ‘race against hunger’ this Saturday

Letters to the Editor

On Saturday, April 7, you can help your local food pantries and the Harvest of Hope, having the most fun of your life! It’s easy! Just pick a theme, don a costume to reflect your theme, then head to the Belpre Kroger and decorate a shopping cart to match, as we bring the “energy” to ...

Containing ISIS falls far short of ultimate goal

Editorials

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Families face tough job digesting today’s news

Editorials

Parents face an increasingly tough job as they watch or read today’s latest news. How do you explain events so children can understand what’s going on in the world around us? You might be scratching your head about news out of Washington about alleged presidential infidelity or misuse of ...

Alcoholism is a family affair

Local Columns

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, a fitting time to talk about the devastation the disease of alcoholism has on families across the globe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older (6.2 percent of this age group) have an ...

Voters should choose Jeremy Barton Election Day

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter in support of Republican candidate Jeremy Barton for Washington County Commissioner in the upcoming election. I’ve known Mr. Barton for about a decade, and I can tell you he genuinely cares for the people of this county. In fact, that is why in my many ...