Editorials

Probe increase in mining deaths

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we know about coal mining. We understand there is risk in the job. We have become accustomed, sadly, to hearing of lives lost in the mines. Still, as Gov. Jim Justice put it during the weekend, a mine fatality last Friday was “especially ...

Show to celebrate our furry friends

The Jefferson County Fairgrounds is going to the dogs this weekend — and that’s a great thing for our area. Canines representing more than 125 breeds and as young as 4 months will be coming to Smithfield to participate in the Friendship Cluster Dog Show. It will be a four-day event that ...

Remember, honor our ‘Rosies’

At 1 p.m. on Labor Day, bells will be ringing at five locations in West Virginia, to celebrate the enormous contribution American women working in industry made toward victory in World War II. We refer to them now by the collective term, “Rosie the Riveter.” But there will be no bells ...

Test scores still a reason to worry

Standardized testing results for students in West Virginia public schools have been released and, once again this year, there are plenty of reasons for hand-wringing as well as head-scratching. On the whole, the numbers are not good. It is possible to draw some conclusions from the ...

Avert trouble at jails, prisons

Corrections officials were relatively restrained in what they said Monday to West Virginia legislators about severe problems in state-run jails and prisons. They stuck to the facts, which are worrisome enough. But their unspoken message was this: Jail and prison overcrowding, with drug ...

Power plant should be allowed

The not-in-my-backyard reaction to development is perfectly natural. Who among us can say honestly that we want a new industrial plant in close proximity to where we live? Understandable too, especially in our region, is concern about natural gas-fired power plants harming the coal ...

Pushing back against the pushers

A special kind of drug pushers are responsible for much of the misery inflicted upon many addicts in West Virginia. They are health care providers — doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others — who have both special access to opioid painkillers and a screen of legitimacy behind which to hide ...

No retreat in Afghanistan

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Justice right on statue

Gov. Jim Justice made his feelings — and, we would note, those of all but a tiny fraction of his fellow West Virginians — crystal clear during a press conference on Monday. White supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in violence in Charlottesville, Va., are “despicable,” the governor ...

Get a look at the coming season

Thursday is the day that fans of high school football across the Tri-State Area have been waiting for since December. It’s opening day, and action will get under way when Brooke meets Wheeling Park at West Liberty University and Buckeye Local travels to Martins Ferry. On Friday, ...