Editorials

Belpre board right in online crowdfunding consideration

Belpre City Schools’ Board of Education is right to be considering a policy on online fundraising tools such as Go Fund Me, DonorsChoose and Kickstarter, for its employees. Guidance on use of such technology is important as those platforms are sometimes used to raise money for school ...

Take note of measles comeback

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Ohio State, Meyer, fail to do the right thing —again

Add Urban Meyer and Ohio State University to the growing list of colleges and institutions that have failed to take a stand for victims. Urban Meyer lied about knowing one of his coaches had a pattern of abusive behavior. He apparently reported the claims of abuse to his superior, but kept ...

Take time to make the right call

A recent proposal to combine Washington County’s Children Services and Job and Family Services agencies may have promise, but it’s not an agreement we should rush into. As the opioid epidemic rages on, there are more children who need to to be placed and higher costs to do so. Children ...

Victims deserve justice

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Hold all of the guilty accountable

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for it. When ...

Reminder: Drivers be aware as school starts

A reminder to all drivers — be mindful of children and teens as area schools are, or soon will be, back in session. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools or bus stops. And remember, it’s the ...

Address holes in airline security

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

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 ...