Editorials

Patriotism Not Really the Issue

If you are looking for a nice display of American flags this Fourth of July, you may want to visit Chelmsford, Mass. LAER Realty Partners in that community has the banners, along with a good dose of good old-fashioned independence. A few weeks ago, LAER ran afoul of local government for its ...

Check for Bias In Health Study

We may never know whether a drink a day keeps the doctor away. That is unfortunate. Especially because the number of people who enjoy moderate consumption of alcohol is substantial, learning whether that has health benefits is desirable. But the reason we may not get that information is ...

New Rules Good For Our Children

Beginning with this past school year, West Virginia public schools required new students entering pre-K or kindergarten, and students entering 2nd and 7th grades to show proof they have had dental examinations and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examinations before entering school. This is in ...

Getting Congress Moving in August

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ...

Banning ‘Puppy Mills’ in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers are to be applauded for their passage of a bill that significantly “strengthens the standard of care for breeding dogs,” according to the Humane Society of the United States. In fact, the Humane Society was so satisfied with the language of the bill that it put an end to its ...

Rethinking Rules Aimed at Equity

So-called “gender equity” rules have been adopted in some places with the specified goal of getting rid of good old boy dominance in politics. Sometimes they backfire. In Pennsylvania, two women who should have won election to the Democratic Party Central Committee in Philadelphia are ...

Accountability Critical in Policy

Blatant, willful misconduct by school employees in their relationships with children often is easy to spot and take action against. Even in less clear-cut situations, adult offenders usually know what they are doing is wrong. Still, Ohio County Schools officials are right to be updating ...

Helping Problem Children in Ohio

When a child’s emotional and behavioral challenges become so great that there is geniune fear he may harm himself or someone else, the too often is removing him from his home. Institutionalization or a series of foster families await many such youngsters. That need not occur in every ...

Making Difference In Students’ Lives

Throughout the Ohio Valley during the past few months, special events have been held to honor high-achieving students. It appears the best of such programs may have been saved for last. Last week, a ceremony was held at Wheeling Park High School to recognize the top Ohio County Schools ...

Fiscal Outlook Far From Rosy

With just a few days, West Virginians will learn how much of a recovery state government has made from the “Great Recession.” At the same time, Gov. Jim Justice and state legislators will get some guidance on how freely they can spend in the future. West Virginia’s fiscal year ends ...

Reveal Secret Data On Pain Pill Sales

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths ...

Surpluses Will Not Continue

Jason Haught, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s chief financial officer, had good advice for all of us in the Mountain State last week. It came during a PEIA Finance Board meeting at which it was reported the agency, which provides health insurance for as many as ...

Reject Harassment As Political Tactic

Florists and bakers who decide their religious beliefs are not compatible with selling their wares to gay couples planning weddings are derided roundly by liberals. That, the liberals insist, is intolerable discrimination. Refusing to serve a restaurant customer because she happens to work ...

Razing Buildings That Are Hazards

Old, dilapidated buildings such as those found throughout many Ohio Valley towns and cities can stand strong for generations, then collapse with little or no warning. That makes it especially important that when there is reason to worry about a structure’s stability, something be done about ...

Travel Ban Ruling Recognized Reality

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban this week made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the ...

Another Failure Not an Option

“It was a promising experiment that failed in the implementation.” That was Ohio State University spokesman Chris Davey’s assessment in an email to The Columbus Dispatch as he explained why OSU was shutting down its Sexual Civility and Empowerment program and firing four of its ...

Following Water Safety Precautions

With really hot weather on the horizon, many local residents will decide the best way to cool off is to head for the water, whether it be a swimming pool, a lake or the river. That may mean trouble, if history is any guide. Deaths by drowning remain a regular occurrence in our area. Just a ...

Farm to School Worth Support

West Virginia public schools, including some in our area, are getting a whole new appreciation for the old question about whether the chicken or the egg came first. The twist on it this time involves a worthwhile program called Farm to School. It is intended to help Mountain State farmers ...

Artillery a Critical Issue on N. Korea

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

Move Slowly On Loughry

Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature have started down a road that could lead to impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry. Going beyond laying the groundwork for impeachment may be premature. Loughry, who has been suspended from his post, was indicted by ...