Editorials

Decision to resign rather than be heard is puzzling

Many West Virginians are angry at the three remaining members of the state Supreme Court, we suspect. Allegations against them paint a collective picture of high court justices on a spending spree with taxpayers’ money, eager to circumvent state law and dismissive of ethics rules that guide ...

Attacks of ‘fake news’ must end

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Leaders lack the will to watch spending

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of revenue that is collected has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was ...

All of our Korean vets must come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Don’t be so quick to applaud revenue growth

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice offered the state a big pat on the back last week, during the announcement that it ended fiscal 2018 with a surplus of $36 million. The Mountain State has experienced revenue growth, and that is fantastic news. But lawmakers were right to be leery of Justice’s ...

Head back to school safely

Many of our local schools resume classes next week and with the start of the school year will come the rush to get to school on time. Safe Routes to School National Partnership estimates that as much as 20 to 30 percent of all morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to ...

Food a concern for too many

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

We need focus, not a force, in space race

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a “Space Force.” That is ...

It’s almost fair season, enjoy it!

There’s no glitz, glamour or full-scale high-tech wizardry used to awe which seems to be needed — or felt it is needed — in this day and age of providing entertainment. There are no fancy 21st century version whistles, horns or gimmicks involved. Fairs provide plain old fashioned ...

Stalling runoff order is short sighted

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission is supposed to look out for all Ohioans by making sure Ohio's precious natural resources aren't squandered. Those resources include, prominently, Lake Erie, a state jewel. Instead, by hastily shelving Gov. John Kasich's recent executive order ...

Take advantage of tax holiday

Ohio welcomes back-to-school shoppers with a tax holiday on most school supplies and some clothing. The tax holiday began Friday and runs through Sunday. State and local sales and use taxes will be waived on clothing of $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less ...

Keep the pressure on Kim and North Korea

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Talks with Taliban must be about peace

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from ...

Opioid sale information should be released

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities. Yet a federal judge is ordering ...

Summer sun is still dangerous

As we become busier outdoors these days as soccer practice spectators, football practice observers, backyard pool lifeguards and gardening aficionados, let us all remember the dangers of the sun. It’s a fact: Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, ...

Tourism up in the Mountain State

Creativity, energy and hard work do, indeed, pay off, and West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby should receive a great deal of credit for dedicating hers to bringing more people here to experience Almost Heaven. According to statewide hotel occupancy figures reported by global hotel ...

We all have a role to play in drug fight

What are you willing to do? That was the final question posed to those attending the last of three forums recently called to discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on our community. Roughly 75 people attended the Marietta session representing addicts, their families, health care ...

Local fight against drugs needs state’s help

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Civil rights case must be solved

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

FDA milk crackdown misplaced

Surely, the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation that ...