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 ...