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Editorials

Calling a Truce In War on Coal

President Donald Trump’s order that the government take “immediate steps” to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants was opposed by the oil, natural gas, solar and wind power industries. That tells American consumers something. None of those big-business entities disagree with the ...

Flight 93 Memorial Is Hallowed Ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Pine Grove Needs Help From State

What does a municipal official do if his or her town stinks — literally? Ask Pine Grove Mayor Barbara King and members of her city council. As we have been reporting since last year, Pine Grove has extremely serious problems with its sewerage system. For many months, some residents have ...

PSC Right to Think About Consumers

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity ...

Disciplining Young Children in Schools

Ohio state senators have approved a bill banning public schools from sending young children into out-of-school suspensions for commiting minor infractions. Is such a law really needed? Judge for yourself: During the past two years, about 35,000 Ohio elementary school students have been ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To St. Clairsville Police Officer T.J. Weyand, for his role in saving a 70-year-old woman from a fire at her home last week. And to the unidentified passerby who attempted to alert the woman of the blaze. ∫ To the Snapchat social media user who got involved after seeing videos ...

Get Medicinal Marijuana Right

Ohioans who enjoy tomatoes, potatoes, corn and other produce out of their own gardens may not be the only people hoping for a good growing season this year. There is that marijuana crop about which to worry. Buckeye State residents suffering from more than 20 medical conditions are ...

Mistake Not Cause To Expel Student

A Paden City High School student did something really stupid on Tuesday. He should not be expelled from school for it. As we reported, another student noticed the butt of a shotgun behind the seat of a pick-up truck on school property. Quite properly, that youngster told the school resource ...

Partnering With Habitat Initiative

Habitat for Humanity is among the most worthy causes around. It offers people a hand up, not the handouts from government that sometimes inhibit self-reliance rather than improving it. Now, Habitat seems primed to undertake an initiative in Steubenville. Members of Steubenville City ...

Investigate ECOT Secrecy Payments

Much more remains to be learned about the fiasco that was the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. Among issues that need to be investigated thoroughly is whether ECOT officials relied on taxpayers for hush money meant to quash reports of scandal. ECOT, founded in 2000 as an online ...

State Aid May Be Necessary

During April and this month, the Jefferson County Health Department has received 77 complaints about odor from the Apex Landfill. By any reasonable standard, that is a problem. It is nothing new. Complaints about unpleasant odors emanating from the landfill have been heard for years. On ...

Punish Bigotry By Public Figures

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career ...

Accountability Over RISE Vital

West Virginia legislators upset about the slow pace of dispersing nearly $150 million in federal flood recovery funds are right to have decided now is not the time to reset the process entirely. That decision should not be taken as a stance that there is no use crying over spilled milk, ...

‘Buckwild’ Sequel Not Welcome Here Not

Remember “Buckwild?” It was the MTV television series a few years ago that at times seemed to glamorize bad decisions by young people. It was filmed in West Virginia. “Buckwild” came to an abrupt end when one of its stars, a young man named Shain Gandee, died of carbon monoxide ...

Avoid Mistakes On Sports Bets

Ohio officials are being urged by some to jump on the sports betting bandwagon. Actually, though, there are multiple routes to permitting wagers on athletic events, not just one. In other words, there are several bandwagons. Hopping on the wrong one would be a mistake. Earlier this ...

Don’t Let Threat Of Shutdown Rule

Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Overseeing Magistrates

A recommendation that Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder be punished for her handling of a case in which two dogs were euthanized is a reminder of two things: First, irreversible outcomes — in this case, the deaths of two pets — need to be handled with special care at any level of ...

Sugar Tariffs Far From Sweet Deal

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Honoring Those Who Died for Us

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our Ohio Valley hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their ...

Army Sappers First on, Last Off the Battlefield

If you’ve ever seen a truly world-class performance, you know it The extraordinary talent, the physical capital expended, and the dedication to perfection stands out so clearly that you know you’ve witnessed something special. I just had such an experience, and it’s worth ...