Editorials

Drive safe with school in session

Area motorists, be alert! School children are heading back to Tri-State Area classrooms, and drivers need to heighten their awareness in the coming days. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools ...

Better drug policy needed now

Let us hope and pray that Jim Johnson hits the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced Thursday. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role ...

Keep voter records current

Attempting to ensure everyone who votes in an election is doing so legally is a good idea, despite the folks who cry “voter suppression” whenever public officials try to do so. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and county election officials throughout the state have been working ...

Hall a good pick to aide governor

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he has named state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, as his new chief of staff. From the standpoint of dealing with the state budget, it would have been difficult for the governor to make a better selection. Hall is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and ...

Put a lid on violence

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Crossing the fine line of the First Amendment

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Keep our military out of Venezuela

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Reaching for the community stars

If you have been waiting to nominate a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2017 Community Star, here's a reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That's when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

Withholding funds not the way to go

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently threatened to withhold ...

Radioactive waste storage plan needed

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people in our region probably did not notice. Given Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a ...