Editorials

More help needed for hardest hit areas

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...

Too much political jockeying

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill ...

Remember to give this holiday season

The shopping, gift-giving and holiday party season is upon us now, and it's showing no signs of slowing. As a result, many probably have begun to get wrapped up in holiday school events, cookie baking and family outings, among other events, which consume so much of our thoughts and time this ...

Your great idea could save lives

Much of the technology that has made our lives longer, more productive and more enjoyable did not come from professional researchers. It came from tinkerers — people like you — who had great ideas. Our states certainly could use some of those, to deal with the substance abuse epidemic ...

Don’t make tax burden heavier

Last-day haggling over the tax reform bill approved in the wee hours of Saturday by the U.S. Senate resulted in a serious error. A measure intended in part to help companies create new jobs could cost thousands of them. As was reported earlier this week, Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, ...

Words still hold power

The words President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 76 years ago. Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked ...

We’ve waited long enough

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Limiting free speech bans it

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton, Ohio, campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of ...

EPA actions should be investigated

Most of the time, politicians tend to let bygones be bygones in the wake of elections. No matter how many of the rules an opponent may have broken, it is viewed as good form for the winner to forget about them. That should not be the case now, as more and more evidence of wrongdoing by former ...

EPA actions should be investigated

Most of the time, politicians tend to let bygones be bygones in the wake of elections. No matter how many of the rules an opponent may have broken, it is viewed as good form for the winner to forget about them. That should not be the case now, as more and more evidence of wrongdoing by former ...

Let’s ensure quality of water in the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Needed: Some real tax relief

Is it possible to have a tax cut worse than no tax cut? It may be. Leave it to Congress to find a way to make Americans look a gift horse in the mouth. Republican leaders in the Senate are scrambling to ensure they can muster a majority when their chamber votes on a tax reform bill, sometime ...

Help in battle against drugs desperately needed

Remember when training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver were the big things in health care? When automatic external defibrilators and first aid kits were the in-demand equipment? You don’t hear as much about them as you did for years. Something new, naloxone and ...

Blankenship not wanted in Senate race

Once two very strong contenders have entered a political race, lesser names throwing their hats into the ring tend to muddy the waters. Few have any realistic chance of winning. Their influence is only to pull votes away from leaders in the contest. Two very good candidates have begun running ...

Question: Where is the justice?

In 2010-2011, Ona, W.Va., resident Michael Joe Adkins had sex with an 11-year-old girl, apparently multiple times. He impregnated her. Later, Adkins and his then-wife, Amanda, forced the girl to have an abortion, in an attempt to cover up the crime. Adkins will not spend a day in prison for ...

Keep credit in tax reform bill

When West Virginia legislators boosted the state’s tax credit for those who repair and rehabilitate historic buildings, they did so in the knowledge it could accomplish enormous good, when coupled with a similar program available throughout the nation. But that good, coming in the form of ...

Remember to shop local for the holidays

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season can wear thin on some people, and they might become tired of having to battle the crowds of all those other people who are searching for that perfect gift. Many of those people have given up — and decided it is better to purchase gifts ...

Be wary of fires during holidays

Winter is the peak season for home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration. Cooking and home heating are the leading causes of fire during the winter months. Candles, decorations and Christmas trees are another cause of fires in December. The ...

Depression can bring the holidays down

The pace of the holidays is starting to speed up. Some people revel in the spirit of the holidays, humming Christmas songs as they go about the holiday preparations. But those already stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dim ...

Be safe while holiday shopping

Holiday shopping has officially started. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season. Thieves look for the opportunities the season ...