Opinion

A shameful moment for our country

Editorials

The hearings are over, the confirmation complete, but there is still much we can learn from the weeks that followed the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. After the accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, the process became a political boxing match for which ...

Thirty years long overdue

Letters to the Editor

It has been 30 years since the city has had a pay raise, commonly known as an income tax increase. Our mayor and this present body of council members and members of the administration team are now asking you for one. First adopted in 1962 at 0.6%, taxpayers in a 25-year span approved on four ...

Political moderates called to act

Letters to the Editor

A recent article in Atlantic Monthly by Professor Tom Nichols of the U.S. Naval Academy deserves a notice. Professor Nichols who admits to being one for almost 40 years proclaims in the article that he is no longer a “Republican.” What he is and maybe has always been is a ...

Mad or mindful?

Letters to the Editor

I’m hearing the prediction that the mid-term elections will be decided by who is madder. I find that statement deeply disturbing. As citizens, we shouldn’t be motivated solely by partisan anger or red-button reaction. Instead, our votes should arise from our commitment to shared national ...

Milleson’s campaign efforts surpasses expectations

Letters to the Editor

I submitted an opinion piece to this newspaper in April endorsing the candidacy of Dan Milleson for the Ohio House of Representatives for the 95th District. That piece was premised upon my positive experiences with Milleson through nearly 20 years of friendship, and my steadfast confidence in ...

Now more than ever, journalists are needed

Editorials

“Journalism matters. NOW more than ever.” For 78 years, National Newspaper Week has reminded readers each year of the value to our communities and our democracy in maintaining a vigorous free press. The theme for this year’s observances is focused on the challenges of the ...

Behavioral Health news clarifications

Letters to the Editor

The news article on Oct. 5, “Commissioners approve money for new Behavioral Health leader,” stated that the executive director of the Behavioral Health Board, David Browne, is retiring at the end of this year. That is not true. It also suggested that the board or the executive director ...

Competition: The new normal in U.S.-China relations

Local Columns

For decades, the U.S. administrations had mumbled about welcoming China’s “Peaceful Rise.” What, in fact, the previous administrations really meant was that Washington did not know how to stop Beijing from becoming a great power, great enough to challenge America’s global ...

Mental health partnership in local schools much needed

Editorials

Schools used to worry about reading, writing and arithmetic when it came to meeting students’ needs. Today, some schools are facing the problem of providing clothing and hygiene products, food, after-school care, some basic health care and mental health services to their students. “If the ...

Volunteer to help with River Trail maintenance Oct. 13

Letters to the Editor

What can a bunch of volunteers do in a couple of hours to help clean up and maintain the River Trail? Let’s find out on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. The trail is used literally thousands of times each month. Without the trail, where can moms with strollers safely walk their little ...

We must do better to get DNA in databases

Editorials

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Vets’ Hall of Fame is a special recognition

Editorials

On Nov. 1, the Washington County Veterans Service Commission will hold its first Veterans Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The men and women in the first class of inductees displayed not only a willingness to serve their country in the military, but to continue serving upon their return to ...

Register to vote, it’s so important

Editorials

There are only a handful of days left to register to vote in Ohio ahead of the Nov. 6 election. We hope those who haven’t already gone through the simple process will take a few minutes to do so and have their say in who will be making decisions in their county, state and country. The ...

Ohio needs Keith Faber as auditor of state

Letters to the Editor

It has been my distinct pleasure to represent southeast Ohio in the state legislature for the past eight years. Every day, whether in Columbus, or back home in my district, I’ve fought for the best interests of our communities – for low taxes, reduced regulations, economic growth, college ...

STEAM programs add art to the lessons

Editorials

Some teachers and administrators made an important shift when they turned STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into STEAM — the A stands for “arts.” Programs like Artsbridge, which brings classes, performances and demonstrations to local schools, show perfectly the ...

It’s well past time to protect our elderly

Editorials

Ohioans already know they need to look out for the wellbeing of children; and the law caught up to that reality years ago. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. ...

Plan for school security would leave some lacking

Editorials

Sometimes “fair” is not smart. A plan for distributing safety and security funds to Ohio public schools is an excellent example of that. State officials plan to distribute $12 million that has been set aside to improve school security. A few days ago, the state attorney general’s office ...

Publishing list a good start in regaining trust

Editorials

The Steubenville Diocese, which includes some parishes in Washington County, has made an important and welcomed announcement. It will publish the names of priests in the diocese against whom credible allegations of sexual abuse have been made, and who have been removed from active ...