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Focus on Health, Not Bureaucracy

February 12, 2016 If they had $150,000 lying around, Belmont County Board of Health members probably could put it to good use. That much could cover a couple of new public health nurses, for example. more »»

Kasich Making Important Points

February 12, 2016 With the pace of Republican decision-making about a nominee for president picking up, the direction of the process may be taking a good, much-needed turn. Ohio Gov. more »»

Teen Court Idea May Have Limits

February 12, 2016 Some teenagers seem to have a problem understanding actions can have unpleasant consequences. more »»

Out-of-State SNAP Use Not Avoidable

February 12, 2016 Many West Virginians like to see their tax dollars spent close to home, benefitting state residents and businesses. more »»

Address National Park Maintenance Backlog

February 12, 2016 New is good if you are a politician. You like to be able to announce new programs and new facilities such as recreational areas. more »»

Adults Have Responsibility

February 11, 2016 A law enforcement report about what happened on an Ohio County school bus Jan. more »»

Avoiding Closed Council Meetings

February 11, 2016 One reason people often are shocked to hear their towns, cities, counties and school boards are in financial trouble is that public officials too frequently discuss fiscal concerns behind closed... more »»

Ensure Pushers Are Punished

February 10, 2016 Appeals court justices are supposed to interpret laws as they are written, not as someone claims legislators meant the statutes to be rea. more »»

Stop North Korean Weapons Buildup

February 10, 2016 Any nuclear war, even if it involves a limited exchange of, say, 10 warheads on both sides, would be a terrible thing. more »»

Enact New Drug Testing Program

February 10, 2016 The need to fight drug abuse with every weapon we have in West Virginia has become so clear that on Tuesday, a bill that once was very controversial passed the state Senate by a 32-2 vote. more »»

Diversifying Our Economy in W.Va.

February 10, 2016 It is tempting to look for rays of hope in data that show West Virginia’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last year. more »»

Alleged Assault Must Be Pursued

February 9, 2016 Rumors about what happened on a bus carrying Wheeling Park High School basketball players Jan. 26 ran rampant after initial reports of sexual misconduct. more »»

Use Funds Wisely Against Diseases

February 9, 2016 If $1 billion in new money makes a “moonshot” against cancer, as President Barack Obama has termed a plan for using that much to fight the disease, what will $1. more »»

Restoring Trust On Ohio Charters

February 8, 2016 Charter schools, touted by some as one of the keys to ensuring more children have access to quality educations, have become a scandal of sorts in Ohio. more »»

Basic Economics Key Issue in Race

February 8, 2016 With the nation’s first primary election of the 2016 presidential campaign coming up in New Hampshire this week, it is safe to say the college-student vote will go primarily to Democrat candidate... more »»

Deterring Unsafe Acts by Industry

February 8, 2016 As court proceedings involving the infamous Freedom Industries chemical spill into a West Virginia river wind down, it is worth assessing whether what happened will deter other companies from... more »»

Smoke Detectors Really Do Save Lives

February 8, 2016 A tragedy Friday in Powhatan Point could have been much worse had the family involved not been protected by working smoke detectors in their home. more »»

Students Would Be Victims of Strike

February 7, 2016 Differences between the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education and the district’s teachers’ union are substantial enough that the threat of a strike has been raised. more »»

Turnpike Toll Funds Important to W.Va.

February 7, 2016 Tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike should be eliminated after 2019, when bonds used to improve the highway are retired, a state legislator believes. more »»

More Treatment Funding Needed

February 6, 2016 West Virginia legislators are in no mood to hear requests they spend more money. more »»

Need for School Reform Is Clear Need Is Clear

February 6, 2016 Evidence basic reforms are needed in how West Virginia public schools educate our children was abundant long before the truly awful results of a new standardized test were released last summe. more »»

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Shades of winter

December 21, 2015 As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I never have to look far to see the handiwork of our Creator. more »

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