Editorials

A day of infamy

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 77 years ago. Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that Japanese forces had attacked ...

Trying again on drug abuse crisis

Gov. Jim Justice had it right Monday in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He is ...

He was a good man

When former President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Unmasking more predator priests

Thursday’s release of a list of predator priests who served in West Virginia is only a beginning for the Roman Catholic Church, in many ways. One of them is that the shocking, disturbing revelations in the list may — and should — make the list longer. Church officials say that was one ...

Lights help brighten the Christmas season

Nobody really looks forward to it. Thanksgiving rolls around and you grab the aluminum extension ladder out of the garage, climb into the attic and haul down boxes of lights and decorations and then freeze outside trying to figure out why one strand of lights won’t work. But, once it is ...

‘Tis the season of giving

At this time of year when we’re bombarded with reminders of what the biggest and the brightest gifts for the holidays are, it’s easy to get gift-wrapped ourselves. We become so busy with the bustle of the season that we put blinders on, and we don’t see that while some of us struggle to ...

Remember safe winter driving tips

We’ve been reminded during the past week about the concerns that pop up when snow begins sticking on the road. And, while we’ve enjoyed a couple of milder days, drivers have to get a grasp on basic winter driving skills. Law enforcement reports driving too fast for conditions accounts ...

Easing the burden on businesses

Government ought to be a reliable, friendly partner to businesses, especially those just getting off the ground. For too long in both state and national capitals, that has not been a guiding philosophy. Fortunately, the climate is changing in West Virginia. State legislators are much more ...

Showing how to handle elections

After a canvass of votes in the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis was named the winner over challenger Tommy Ogden, by a count of 5,064 votes to 5,054. But the 10-vote margin was close enough that Ogden thought it was worth a try to request a recount. Most ...

Battling pain, opioids at WVU

People experiencing severe, chronic pain have been victimized in two ways by opioid drugs. Good for West Virginia University researchers for concentrating on giving them some relief. Widespread use of opioids for pain relief during a period of several years resulted in some people ...

The cases against Nancy Pelosi don’t hold up

For loyal Democrats, it must be painful to realize that so much of the criticism of your party turns out to be true. No better Democrat ever drew a breath than the late congressman from Arizona and presidential candidate Mo Udall, who candidly observed, “When Democrats organize a firing ...

Support your local businesses

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 ...

Take precautions with holiday fire hazards

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 ...

Stay positive through the holidays

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 who already are stressed can feel a little overwhelmed at the holidays. The constant hustle and bustle ...

Be safe this holiday shopping season

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers need to 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 ...

Be safe and enjoy your holiday shopping

One thing about many holiday traditions is that they eventually evolve into, well, new traditions. Consider the time-honored tradition of Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving that was said to make or break the holiday season for shoppers who were eager to snag a particular gift at a very ...

It’s a day for us to give thanks

There are two ways to approach today’s holiday, all contained in the simple one-word name we give to the fourth Thursday in November in the United States: Thanksgiving. We can be thankful. Yes, the world is a tough place, economically, politically, religiously and racially. Yes, there are ...

Coming together to give thanks

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings. And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need. These dinners ...

We love a community Christmas parade

There are few things in our lives that can take our minds off of the many troubles we face in our day-to-day world better than a Christmas parade. It’s impossible to see the smiling faces of all of the participants and not get caught up in the holiday spirit. From the musicians in area bands ...

A message which still holds meaning

The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863, when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that year in which Union forces had ...