Editorials

Do more to fight the opioid epidemic

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was right to express his frustration about what some in the media refer to as an “extraordinary” federal campaign against abuse of opioids and other drugs. “I don’t understand why more resources aren’t flowing to help out a rural state like West ...

Pay attention in road work zones

Motorists who stop for a break at the West Virginia welcome center along Interstate 77 in Wood County may notice an unusual memorial. It features a life-size bronze statue of a man. In one hand, he carries a traffic control cone. In the other, he has a stop sign.. Below him are the names of ...

Keep Halloween safety tips in mind

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout the Tri-State Area during the next few days, we ask parents to put safety first this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Parents should always accompany young ...

Pursue campaign against terrorists

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Giving Americans needed tax relief

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Accounting system needs fixing

West Virginia taxpayers already have spent about $150 million on the wvOasis computer accounting system, and the meter still is running. One might expect that for that amount of money, the Oasis system would make coffee for its human handlers each morning, in addition to dealing efficiently ...

Change culture of government

Good for West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for identifying and cleaning up some of the waste of taxpayers’ money in West Virginia. Unfortunately, government is a fertile field for such efforts. Residents of our area had every reason to expect good things from Leonhardt. ...

Trump should take Manchin’s suggestion

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump's plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead the ...

Obesity prevention is common sense

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

Coping with our own terrorists

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Defense of free speech is critical

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

Bergdahl was the problem

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Making sure the promises are met

Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area. Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to state Route 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock ...

Standards lower for government

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Reacting slowly to the drug crisis

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Small-town America is still alive

Anyone living in the Weirton-Steubenville area who read the New York Times Economic Scene column by Eduardo Porter, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones Are Being Left Behind,” should be angry at its tone and tenor. First, because it portrays the local metropolitan area as being mired ...

Why did it take so long?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Celebrate Christmas a little early

While a look at the calendar shows that Christmas is more than two months away, the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the holiday spirit this weekend. It will all be a part of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 ...

Chili cookoff to be a hot contest

Chili connoisseurs are encouraged to make their way to the Weirton Event Center Saturday for the annual Red Hot in Hancock competition, set to feature cooks from across the country. The contest, to take place from noon to 4 p.m., is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, with proceeds ...

Better late than never

It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, ...