Editorials

Address odor problem

Complaints about foul odors emanating from the Apex Sanitary Landfill in Jefferson County are nothing new. Though the company has taken steps to address the issue, it is a continuing headache for the Jefferson County Board of Health. Resolving the problem may require intervention by the ...

Protect owners’ rights

Officials in many cities are frustrated at owners of buildings who allow them to deteriorate instead of tearing them down and making the land available for development. When structures become safety and/or health hazards, local governments can order owners to do something about the ...

Politicians take notice

The eyes of Ohio will be on Martins Ferry today as the four Democrats who hope to be our next governor gather here for a debate. Set to take the stage at Martins Ferry High School at 7 p.m. are the four current candidates who have declared their intent to run so far — former congresswoman ...

Lives in our own hands

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related ...

Ohio’s political future is taking shape

If you care about the future of the Buckeye State, pay close attention to what happens in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. That is when some of the people who hope to become Ohio’s 70th governor will hold the inaugural debate of the campaign. The Ohio Democratic Party is hosting the event, slated ...

A ‘purrfect’ cause

Recent developments in Belmont County have brought bad news and good news for our feline friends. Due to budget concerns and space constraints, the Belmont County Animal Shelter has stopped accepting cats. Officials there are seeking homes for the cats already housed there, Dog Warden Lisa ...

Get connected for safety

It seems we are all connected to one another all the time these days. People of all ages have cell phones in their pockets everywhere they go. Children carry them at school, their parents carry them at work, and their grandparents take them shopping or out for the daily walk they enjoy during ...

On the lookout for kids

Most schools are back in session across Eastern Ohio, and those that haven’t yet started classes for the 2017-18 academic year soon will. That means elementary, middle and high school students will be walking to and from classes and bus stops each weekday morning and returning home from them ...

Get finances in order

What else hasn’t been handled properly in Bellaire municipal government? That question may be on the minds of some residents — as it should be, in view of news from the Village Council meeting last week. It was revealed during the meeting that for 15 years, no one in the water ...

Ensure leaks are stopped

Two serious chemical leaks within two weeks at St. Clairsville’s wastewater treatment plant constitutes an emergency. Just two weeks ago, a sulfur dioxide leak at the plant forced evacuations of some people living near it. Personnel from several fire departments responded. Then Monday, ...

Spurring innovation

You would be hard pressed to think of a product invented just because an innovative thinker or a company with big research laboratories wanted to do something nice for humankind. If there isn’t any money in it, it probably is not going to be developed. That is why Ohio Gov. John ...

Learning to share

We are all taught at a very young age that we must share with others. So why is it sometimes so difficult for us to apply that lesson as adults? It seems that municipal leaders in the villages of Belmont and Bethesda remember that lesson better than some others. After many years through ...

County money well spent

Every year the Belmont County Board of Commissioners allocates $20,000 to a local nonprofit, and that appears to be a good investment. Last week commissioners recognized the role of Harmony House Child Advocacy Center while presenting the organization with its annual allocation of county ...

A step toward safety

The village of Bellaire has reached a rather dubious milestone, but the people who made it possible should be commended. Since community installed bright yellow receptacles two years ago, the village has collected and properly disposed of about 2,500 used hypodermic needles, according to ...

Costs of incarceration

Unfortunately, the most valuable assets convicted drug dealers have often seem to be controlled substances. Obviously, the authorities cannot auction them off to help pay the bills for incarcerating the pushers. Those bills got out of hand years ago in Eastern Ohio. County officials reacted ...

Doing the right thing

If there is one thing certain to get the hackles of East Ohioans and West Virginians up, it is telling us that trying to do the right thing is, well, wrong. Two of our U.S. senators are being accused of just that. It has proved so difficult to repeal and replace the Obamacare health ...

Enforcing an old law

Enforcing an old law already on the books may be a step in the right direction for the village of Bellaire. Village leaders recently met and discussed ways to deter illegal drug use and trafficking in the community. One step they debated was implementation of some sort of nuisance law that ...

End the statute of limitations on child sex crimes

Former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert cut a pitiful figure this week as he left federal prison in Minnesota and his wheelchair got stuck on a bump in the sidewalk. His wife, fumbling at his side to manage his aluminum walker and other items, wasn’t immediately able to help him over ...

‘System’ should serve all

All too often, it seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot in the Buckeye State this fall will be an initiative being referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, ...

Deter abuse of children

Rarely does a month go by without us having to publish a police or court report involving an adult who has victimized a child sexually. Earlier this month, in fact, two men were indicted in Jefferson County, one for an offense involving an 8-year-old and the other for conduct with a ...