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It’s time to celebrate Dads and grads

June 5, 2016 Wow — did I fall asleep and miss the spring season? It seems like we’ve entered summer very early this year. I’m NOT complaining because I enjoy the warmer weathe. more »»

Examples show how socialism works

June 5, 2016 Probably, the most likeable presidential candidate this political season is Senator Bernie Sanders. I consider Mr. more »»

Signs of summer arriving in the valley

May 29, 2016 It feels like summer in the Ohio Valley. After weeks of cool, damp weather that made it seem as if spring would never actually arrive, temperatures are suddenly soaring into the upper 80s. more »»

Celebrating freedom: A man’s role in ending slavery

May 22, 2016 It’s hard for me to imagine living in a society that truly restricts personal freedom. As a journalist, the freedom of speech and freedom of the press are cornerstones of my life and career. more »»

Wacky weather causes spring headaches

May 15, 2016 Today seems like the perfect time to curl up in the corner of the couch with a good book. more »»

Mothers serve as more than role models

May 8, 2016 Mothers are many things to many people, and that is why we celebrate them today. Mothers inspire. They motivate and protect. They nurture, and they discipline. more »»

Democrats speak out on how the state funds local governments

May 8, 2016 As the new chairman of the Belmont County Democratic Party, I was disappointed to see my new counterpart start his tenure on the attack. And a misleading attack, at that. more »»

GOP chairman: Dems should re-learn Mom’s lesson on self-reliance

May 8, 2016 In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to share a story that helped shape my political views. more »»

My Mother’s letters were always priority mail

May 8, 2016 After I married in 1959 and eventually moved to the nation’s capital to study for advanced degrees and to teach there, I decided to keep as many letters from my mother as I possibly could, for I... more »»

Tell Mom how much you appreciate her

May 1, 2016 Spring is in the air, birds are chirping, flowers and trees are beginning to bud. What a great time to honor mothers. Thanks to President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, we have a holiday for mothers. more »»

Yard sales, flea markets are adventures

May 1, 2016 Yard sale and flea market season is upon us. Over the next several months, local residents will open their garage doors or set tables on their porches or lawns to display their wares. more »»

Medical school in Athens 40 years old

May 1, 2016 As a young EMT volunteer, Jesse Frank saw first-hand the need for medical care in rural Marengo in southern Morrow County, 30 miles north of Columbus, Ohio. more »»

The world’s looming disaster with godlessness

April 29, 2016 In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation: “The vast majority of leading conservative writers ... have a secular outlook on life. ... more »»

Are Democrats seeking Va.’s felon vote this term?

April 29, 2016 By CAL?THOMAS Creators Syndicate Thanks to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 200,000 convicted felons in that state may now register to vote. more »»

Republicans respond to Favede press conference

April 24, 2016 As the new Belmont County Republican chairman, one of my duties is to contribute to the public debate. more »»

Trips offer spring cleaning for the soul

April 24, 2016 Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off of our souls. I think he was right about that, and I had the opportunity to remove some of that dust last wee. more »»

Welcome to the early American dream house

April 21, 2016 They demand granite countertops. We don’t. They abhor 20-year-old kitchen cabinets. We don’t notice they’re 20 years old. They want his-and-her vanities in the master bath. more »»

Unequally applied justice equals no justice at all

April 21, 2016 Later this month, one of the most powerful men ever to have served in the U.S. House will face a federal judge to learn his fate. Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty to evading U.S. more »»

Rules aren't ‘rigged’ just because Trump doesn't like them

April 21, 2016 In recent weeks, Donald Trump has been bellyaching that the Republican Party’s presidential nominating rules are unfair. “It’s a rigged, disgusting, dirty system,” the front-runner fumes. more »»

Be a light to those who need guidance

April 17, 2016 The Andrea Doria was one of the most elegant passenger liners in the world, the pride of the Italian Line. more »»



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