Opinion

Politics don’t have to be involved in everything

Local Columns

It used to be we didn’t know what elected officials’ thoughts on an issue were unless they issued some sort of statement in a press release or interview. Now, with social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are some politicians out there who feel it is necessary to comment on every ...

Dealing with PEIA challenge

Editorials

If you remember the last year that went by without talk of reducing benefits under West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency or increasing taxpayer subsidies — or both — you have a pretty good memory. The PEIA has been a financial problem for many years. Tens of thousands of ...

Honor our Polish Americans

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, October has been declared Polish American Heritage Month. In 1981, this national celebration of Polish history, culture, and pride was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, Polish people have been an ...

The problem with cable television

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A George Will column, "Steep cost of cheap speech." Forty-five words in the Constitution give one the privilege of freedom of speech to everyone, not to those groups that think they only have a right to it. How cable TV destroyed true journalism. Cable TV has created a ...

Family Connections appreciates support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Family Connections Auxiliary Committee would like to thank everyone who participated and attended our Quarter Auction at the Follansbee Community House. Our entire organization appreciates the support from the community and the many individuals who have always given so ...

Stand for the pledge

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I thought that this would be appropriate to post since we have somewhat no direction in this world of ours. I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the Republic, for which it stands. One Nation under God. Indivisible with liberty. And justice ...

Don’t give in to the fear

Editorials

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

Alter ACA piece by piece

Editorials

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this ...

Insurers also have a responsibility

Editorials

Many heroin users become addicted to opiates not out of choice, but because they became dependent on painkillers prescribed to them originally for legitimate reasons. Given the history of prescription opiates, it is no wonder many of their users got hooked on them. For years, drug companies ...

Rebuilding will be important for Puerto Rico

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...