Editorials

Welcoming New Students to Central

Among Bishop Donahue High School’s greatest strengths as an educational institution has been the sense of community among students, parents and many others. A sense of belonging, of being among people who care, has a very real effect on how well a young student does in school. But BDHS is ...

Benefits Undeserved

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was ...

Pence Should Use His Position To Benefit Trump, Party, Nation

Dear Vice President Pence, I hope you’re holding up under the strain. I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who was somewhat reassured by Donald Trump’s decision to put you on the ticket, I feel compelled to ask: What’s the endgame ...

Oil, Gas Production Drive U.S. Economy

By Thomas J. Duesterberg The initial report on first-quarter Gross Domestic Product was weak, but showed encouraging growth in the oil and gas production sector. Capital investment, which has been historically weak since the Great Recession, bounced back to a 9.4 percent uptick, led by ...

Trump Should Order U.S. Embassy Be Moved to Jerusalem

This weekend President Donald Trump departs on his first overseas trip, which will include visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Europe. Trump’s Israel visit coincides with a very special day — the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty ...

Hold Electric Prices Down

Ohioans pay an average price for electricity, $9.66 per kilowatt-hour, that is not far from the national average of $10.33. Clearly, state officials should be doing all in their power — pun intended — to hold rates down. State Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, does not believe that is ...

Learn Why Child Took Own Life

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his ...

Building Coalition Against N. Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Hold Faculty Accountable

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty,” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep ...

Shutting Down W.Va. Pill Mills

We are told often that law enforcement cannot end the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia. That is true enough. Education and addiction treatment need to be part of the solution. But there is plenty of work for police and prosecutors, too. Just last week, the authorities shut down a ...

Prevent College Campus Tragedies

Year after year we see stories about horrific crimes committed on college campuses by members of organizations in the fraternity/sorority system. And every year, school administrators, fraternity and sorority leadership and alumni feign shock that such behavior continues. This time, Penn ...

Make a Decision On Budget, Taxes

Most members of the West Virginia Legislature agreed it was time to call it quits — temporarily — and go home on Friday, May 5. Though they had spent less than two days in session to hash out a new state budget, they were right to leave Charleston when they did. On the table at that ...

Ensuring Elections Are Clean in W.Va.

Not so long ago, one might have expected the executive order President Donald Trump signed Thursday, ordering an investigation into vote fraud and voter suppression, to include the phrase, “And start with West Virginia.” Thanks to still-new Secretary of State Mac Warner, that no longer ...

Honoring Mothers for Their Role as Evangelists

Years ago, I spoke about a woman who once fretted over the usefulness of her life. She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy she invested in her husband and children would make a difference in their lives. At times she got ...

Being Safe With Guns

Most West Virginians and Ohioans who own guns are scrupulous in following safety rules. A few are not, as news stories from both our states illustrated last week: In Stonewood, W.Va., a first-grader took a handgun to school. Fortunately, no harm resulted. It was different in Akron, ...

Pats on the Back:

- To high school students who work hard to gain college credits before graduating from high school, and to the parents and educators who support them. Two seniors at Valley High School in Pine Grove, Rebeckah Barnette and Brittney Ann Rose, received degrees from West Virginia Northern ...

Deciding That If Trump Does It, It Must Be Wrong

A great deal has been said about Donald Trump’s violations of “democratic norms.” I agree with much of it. But the big problem with violating democratic norms — the unwritten customs and practices even political opponents traditionally abide by — is that once you’ve done it, ...

Yates, Rice Performances Raise Hopes for the Future

For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope. Make that two reasons — two women — Sally Yates and Condoleezza Rice. It’s likely neither would prefer to be singled out as women who are brilliant but rather as ...

Justice, Or Trial By Mob?

Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert: Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing. Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes was in Oklahoma last week to stir up trouble as jury selection began in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer ...

Democrats Need to Be More Pro-Choice in Many Ways

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...