Ohioans, keep up the good work with tipping


A lot of grim economic news is out there lately, and Ohioans are struggling — often a little more than those in other parts of the country. But it is a mark of the kinds of people who live here in our state that a new study shows we are the third best in the nation when it comes to tipping ...

A helping paw for West Virginia kids


West Virginia students are facing challenges most earlier generations simply cannot imagine. Our state is in the same backward-looking economic slog it has been in for nearly 100 years, that’s true; but because of those decades of financial hopelessness, combined with a stubborn clinging to ...

Did the Trump rally help Vance’s chances?

Local Columns

Did former President Donald Trump’s rally recently at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre give a boost to the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican J.D. Vance? Trump criticized U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, the Democratic nominee for the seat, during the event, and had good things to say about Vance. Still, ...

Begging for bookshelves

Local Columns

“I want you to put something in your column so people will donate bookshelves,” my wife announced. “Wait. What? You want me to do what? Why?” Honey has a habit of springing things like that on me, ideas she has fully thought out and decided upon but which to me seem coming out of ...

Bracing for more ‘pain’ from the Federal Reserve


Lest anyone wonder whether unelected government officials can wield enormous power over our lives, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is leaving no doubt while he declares his dedication to what he believes is the Fed’s mission. “Our responsibility to deliver price stability is ...

West Virginia has so much to offer


It appears roads all over the country are leading to West Virginia, as tourists continue to visit the state at an increasing rate. In fact, new numbers show travelers spent more than $4.9 billion in the Mountain State in 2021, a 3.8% increase over 2019 — before the pandemic struck. Research ...