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Gem, island mark holiday with program

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will be presenting “Christmas with the Blennerhassetts” starting this weekend. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28, from noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, from noon-3 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 13, from ...

Give thanks to Chosin Few

Seventy Thanksgivings ago, Pfc.Warren Wiedhahn was 21, far from home and freezing. During a winter of record cold, nighttime temperatures were more than 30 degrees below zero in the North Korean mountains. The day after Thanksgiving, as Wiedhahn peered at the ridge across the valley from his ...

Return of the competents coming January 2021

Thanksgiving is a mixed blessing for many Americans this year, as most are adjusting to smaller gatherings and lesser spreads, while more than 258,000 families will assemble without loved ones lost to covid-19. As always in America, however, there are reasons to be thankful: The shouting is ...

Fly Fishing Film Fest to debut in Ohio

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is debuting in Ohio next week, but due to coronavirus that debut will be virtual. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, the festival will feature 10 films, 6- to 16-minutes in length, from all corners of the globe showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly ...

Culture war off to slow start

Like horses at the starting gate, the better conservative pundits are galloping off to the next thing, which is really an old thing: the culture wars. But what a nice change from having to negotiate between traditional conservative doctrine and Donald Trumpian mobs threatening them for frowning ...

The coming anti-COVID restriction backlash

The backlash is coming. It already seems clear that the first major political and culture eruption of the Biden years will be a roiling populist backlash against the next round of COVID restrictions. We saw this sentiment play out in sporadic anti-lockdown demonstrations last spring and it ...

The unraveling of Trump’s case

The Trump legal team’s move over the weekend to distance itself from attorney Sidney Powell as it seeks to overturn the November 3 election results is a major blow to the president’s attempt to win a second term. Powell, whose 2014 book, “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the ...

The Boy Scouts’ ‘perversion files’ tell the tale

There are now nearly 90,000 men who say they were sexually violated as young boys while participating in Boy Scouts of America programs. The absolute shame of it comes with the realization that, with a little vigilance, the ranks of victims would never have gotten that massive. Back in the ...

China launches mission to bring back material from moon

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. Chang’e 5 — ...

DeWine warns of rising virus hospitalizations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Ohio because of the coronavirus is growing rapidly and raising the possibility that elective procedures could be postponed, hospital officials and Gov. Mike DeWine warned on Monday. More than 4,300 people are currently in the ...

As the students teach

It’s not my habit to write about readers’ hate mail, which is as much a part of daily life as toothbrushing, and just as boring. Hate mail comes with a columnist’s job. After 18 years of doing this, I know that nothing riles a certain percentage of readers — universally right-wing and ...

Searching for a bit of hope during dark times

Last week, on my syndicated radio program, I told my listeners that even though there was probably fraud in the election, it would not be enough to overcome the margin of Joe Biden’s victory. Joe Biden is President-elect. I think there probably were some acts of fraud. In Pennsylvania, ...

Refusing to concede election

WASHINGTON — There seems to be no end to the stupidity of Donald Trump. In his ridiculous and unproven claim that the election was rigged, he again only compounds the evidence of his incompetence and moral bankruptcy after nearly four years of narcissistic and venomous misrule. The voice ...

To the end, Trump’s presidency is all about him

“Despite the Left’s attempts to undermine this Election, I will NEVER stop fighting for YOU,” President Trump assured me in a fundraising email. I don’t take campaign fundraising emails seriously (never mind literally). They’re all pretty stupid. But this one was obviously different, ...

DeWine vows veto of health order limits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine — after promising a veto — failed to convince lawmakers Thursday not to pass legislation that would limit the powers of his administration and health officials as the virus’ spread across Ohio reached new peaks. At hand was a Senate ...

Was gun waving worst part?

Some of the sickest images to come out of our recent turmoil have featured Americans waving guns at other Americans -- not in self-defense but to provoke fear. The worst showed armed thugs threatening Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the state capitol steps over her anti-COVID regulations. ...

Mich. county fails to certify vote; outcome stalled

DETROIT (AP) — Republicans in Michigan’s largest county blocked the certification of local election results in a 2-2 vote along party lines that could temporarily stall official approval of Joe Biden’s win in the state. The practical effect of the move may be a delay in ultimately ...

DeWine orders 3-week curfew for businesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a three-week retail curfew running from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. DeWine said this measure, effective Thursday, is needed to reduce cases and stop the ...

Sen. Grassley, 87, says he tested positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Grassley, 87, had announced earlier Tuesday that he was quarantining after being exposed to the ...

In court, Giuliani argues to block Biden win

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, returned to federal court Tuesday after a long hiatus to accuse Democrats in control of big cities of hatching a nationwide conspiracy to steal the election, even though no such evidence has emerged in the ...