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Guest Columnists

West Virginia partners with ARC for improvement

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. For every home improvement project, big or small, you need the right tools to get the job done. That's one way to ...

Combat dysfunction with a county charter system

The fundamental problem we have is the antiquated statutory structure of our three-member board of county commissioners. Having served on a three-member board as a Weathersfield Township trustee during the 1980s, I experienced how volatile and dysfunctional a three-member board can be. We can ...

Partnership taps Appalachia’s potential

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. The hit country song "Mountain Music" by the band Alabama may recount fond memories of many Alabamians growing up in ...

We must hold property owners to higher standards

I was pleased to read in the July 15 Tribune Chronicle that Warren is moving forward with demolition of St. Joseph Hospital and the Mahoning Avenue motel. This is a great start to blight cleanup in and around the city. Warren must take a more proactive approach on derelict owners, especially ...

Building better future for Appalachia

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. With a low cost and high quality of living, itás no surprise more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the ...

DeWine’s fireworks bill veto misses mark on safety

Five days after the rest of the country celebrated Independence Day with backyard gatherings, cookouts and yes, consumer fireworks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed Ohio Senate Bill 113. This bill would have made Ohio the 49th state to allow consumers to legally discharge fireworks. That is ...