Editorials

Precautions still needed in cyberspace

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

AMT should not be part of tax bill

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Rebuilding Navy a critical task

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on the ...

More help needed for hardest hit areas

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...

Too much political jockeying

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

Remember to give this holiday season

The shopping, gift-giving and holiday party season is upon us now, and it's showing no signs of slowing. As a result, many probably have begun to get wrapped up in holiday school events, cookie baking and family outings, among other events, which consume so much of our thoughts and time this ...

Your great idea could save lives

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Don’t make tax burden heavier

Last-day haggling over the tax reform bill approved in the wee hours of Saturday by the U.S. Senate resulted in a serious error. A measure intended in part to help companies create new jobs could cost thousands of them. As was reported earlier this week, Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, ...

Words still hold power

The words President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 76 years ago. Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked ...

We’ve waited long enough

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...