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Editorials

Concern Over Landfill Valid

It is easy to understand why many Jefferson County residents oppose a New York company’s proposal to reopen the Crossridge Landfill. In essence, they wonder why they should give a regulatory framework that failed them once a second chance to get it right. For years, landfill owner Joseph ...

Pursue Talks

Brooke County commissioners and school officials should continue talking about use of sheriff’s deputies as school resource officers, despite the failure of months of talks over the issue. Board of Education members have agreed to set up a new system of hiring experienced law enforcement ...

Predators Are Threat Locally

Sexual predators are not merely a faraway threat to children in general. To judge by arrests made in Amsterdam, the menace is local. Police in Amsterdam, a small town in northwest Jefferson County, have reported arresting four men on charges of soliciting sex acts. Two are from Amsterdam, ...

Approve Aid Package in Ohio

Ohioans are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economic challenges that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, initial claims for unemployment compensation have risen for the third week in a row. For the week ending Oct. 3, 18,592 Ohioans filed jobless claims, an ...

Approve School Levy in Bellaire

During nearly a decade of state-declared fiscal emergency, Bellaire Local School District officials made many difficult decisions. Spending on day-to-day operation of schools needed to be reduced dramatically, and it was. School officials — and Bellaire students — were rewarded in 2017 ...

Holding Martins Ferry Taxes Down

Like so many local government officials, those in Martins Ferry have been looking for ways to reduce spending and increase revenue. They were right last week to reject a proposal that would have increased the burden on taxpayers. An ordinance that would have slashed the city income tax ...