Editorials

The new year shows promise

By the time you are settling in to read this, the new year will have started. Like every year, 2018 brings with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. Look for good things to happen across our region in the ...

Remembering those we lost

If you are among the readers who count themselves in the Baby Boom generation, you are likely aware that many of the men and women who have shaped that time period have died in the past year. While the losses were felt across all segments of our lives, it's tough to pinpoint one that stands ...

Make safe choices this New Year’s Eve

New Year's parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

Implementing plan for growth

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...

College football is in the spotlight

Fans of college football find themselves in what always is considered a special time of the year. This week is the heart of bowl season. And, while much has changed about the college game during the years, the period between Christmas and the first week of the new year means football is at ...

Change in plan seems prudent

Former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wanted badly to help southern West Virginia residents hurt disproportionately by the war on coal and affordable electricity that raged for eight years. A native of Logan County, Tomblin understood his neighbors needed really big economic development ...

Cigarettes going up in smoke

West Virginia residents are tired of being told, year after year, they are among the unhealthiest folks in the country. The factors used in creating such reports are often politically motivated, and incomplete indicators of health. One measure often cited, however, is smoking. West ...

The reason we celebrate the season

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

The spirit of Christmas remains alive

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Taxpayer funds not for payoffs

One might think that when our money is used to pay the price of wrongdoing in Congress, we taxpayers would be entitled to the names of those who ran up the bill. But no. Apparently, that is not how it works. From 2008-12, the House of Representatives Office of Compliance paid out $342,000 ...

Making online classes work

Educators need all the tools available to ensure every student gets what he or she needs from school. Good for Hancock County Board of Education members for pulling another tool out of the box. On Jan. 16, the county school system will add another classroom, this one virtual. Beginning that ...

Protect miners from black lung

East Ohio and Northern Panhandle residents know too much about black lung disease to be happy about talk in Washington of watering down protections against it for coal miners. In some areas, black lung is making a comeback, despite decades of regulations meant to curb it. Officials of the ...

Natural gas taxes are unreliable

Easy come, easy go. Officials in some Northern Panhandle counties are learning the old warning could have been coined to describe tax revenue from the natural gas industry. It has fluctuated wildly during recent years, dropping drastically between 2016 and 2017, as we reported last ...

Practice patience on bridge prospect

The Lee Avenue Bridge in Weirton has been shut down for several years now. After numerous repair projects failed to meet the needs to keep it safe, and continuous collisions from trains and other equipment, the decision was made to close it until another solution could be found. Many ...

Think carefully about pets as gifts

It's the time of year when trips to area shopping centers and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines ...

Macron’s science may not be solid

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

It’s the season for caution

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who may be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning for folks to protect their personal ...

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 ...