Opinion

Get More Drug Abusers Help

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Think of Financial Independence

Local Columns

What we overlook so often in celebrating Independence Day is that the Founders’ anger with King George III’s government had as much to do with money as personal liberties. London was taking too much of our hard-earned cash. Dumping tea into Boston Harbor was all about taxation. George ...

How to Live A Good Life

Local Columns

I didn’t know “Ed” Lowe, but he sounds like a good neighbor. Ed died Sunday at the age of 87. He was born and raised in Pine Grove, West Virginia. His parents had a pretty sizable family as Ed had five sisters and a brother who preceded him in death. Ed was the last of the siblings to ...

Update on Road Projects Needed

Editorials

“Just give me this summer,” Gov. Jim Justice told a group of Marshall County residents upset about the condition of secondary roads in their county. Summer is nearing the halfway mark. How is the governor doing statewide? Earlier in the season, Department of Transportation officials ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Robert Murray, president and CEO of Murray Energy Corp., has penned this letter to Belmont County commissioners concerning two proposed wastewater injection wells in Richland Township. Dear commissioners: We are writing in regard to an issue a very great concern to our ...

Benefits Can Be More Attractive

Editorials

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Making Second Chance Easier

Editorials

An arrest record, even for a non-violent offense, can be enough to keep a job applicant on the rolls of the unemployed. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a change that would help some of those folks continue to move forward. A bill passed by the House of Representatives and under ...

Thinking About Our Freedom

Editorials

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us ...

Change Housing Aid Restrictions

Editorials

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Aiding Young Trauma Victims

Editorials

Here in West Virginia and Ohio, we are all too familiar with the effect various types of trauma can have on children. Much of it during recent years has stemmed from the drug abuse epidemic. Last year, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, teamed with a bipartisan coalition of ...

Rewarding Effort To Save Elephants

Editorials

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Guard Against Overzealousness

Local Columns

The health care industry, ranging from pharmaceuticals companies down to physicians, certainly has contributed to the substance abuse crisis. Overwhelmingly, however, health care practitioners did so involuntarily. They believed drug company assurances that there was only a minuscule risk of ...

Curb Bullying In W.Va. Schools

Editorials

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to ...

Taking a Dip in Pool, But Doing It Safely

Editorials

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Helping NAS Babies in W.Va.

Editorials

Health care researchers in West Virginia have become experts on neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. Unfortunately, in-state expertise is necessary. Our state’s incidence of NAS is very high. NAS is a condition of newborn babies whose mothers abused opioid drugs. In effect, the infants ...

Making Elections In Ohio Secure

Editorials

Oh, no, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Not another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge of ...

Moving Beyond 250 in Wheeling

Editorials

Interpreted carefully, history can help us make the best of the future. So, what can Wheeling’s first 250 years as a community teach us? A variety of events focusing on the city’s first quarter-millenium have taken place this year, with more to come. A 40-page magazine inside today’s ...

Reducing Infant Mortality in Ohio

Editorials

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...

Providing New Pathway to Higher Education in Ohio

Local Columns

What do iTunes, Amazon and Paypal all have in common? They entered longstanding industries —music, retail and banking — and used technology to lower prices, expand consumer choices and fundamentally transform the user interface. Consumers quickly embraced these changes, and others in the ...

Seven Days of Baseball and Attractions Highlight Trip

Local Columns

I doubt if anyone has ever heard of an association between baseball, curling and a bird cage (a giant one). Well it happened, and it involved a total of 53 individuals, the majority of whom were from the Upper Ohio Valley. The makeup of the group of baseball enthusiasts on a Uniglobe ...