Opinion

Precautions must be taken with pipelines

Editorials

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Drawing firm line on conflicts

Editorials

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Foundation making a difference

Editorials

The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation continues its efforts to make a difference in our local communities, lending a hand to several area organizations working to benefit others. Recently the foundation awarded almost $49,000 to 23 area groups. These funding allocations have ...

Political change requires courage

Editorials

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no one ...

Ho, ho, ho and a merry, hairy Halloween

Local Columns

One column about needing a Santa Claus beard warrants a follow-up column about getting one. As I mentioned in last Sunday’s space here, I had a game plan to dress up as Santa Claus for our church’s annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween, because I’d come across a sweet Old St. Nick suit at ...

We must let the investigation play out

Local Columns

This time last week, we were listening to much speculation after news broke that the first indictments had been issued connected to the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. On Monday, we learned indictments had been issued against ...

Don’t miss out on a good bet

Editorials

West Virginia did not have to be put in the position of playing catch-up to other states on an excellent money-making opportunity, legalized sports and online gambling. But as of this week, that is where we are. It has been suggested for years that the Mountain State, which already permits ...

Trunk or Treat a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Spooky creatures of all ages, braving the cold and rain, came out to the Tomlinson Run State Park Foundation's second-annual Trunk Or Treat event on Saturday October 28 at the park's swimming pool parking lot. Local businesses and organizations sponsored trunks and passed ...

Ignore the time wasters of life

Local Columns

Isn't it amazing what makes people quarrel? It used to be, folks would argue over which brand of car was best. My dad was a Plymouth person and would tell Ford owners that the letters of their vehicle stood for Fix Or Repair Daily. if they drove a GMC, that stood for Got a Mechanic ...

Where are the levy funds?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On July 1, 2016, the Hancock County Commission assumed responsibility for operating the county animal shelter. The commissioners refused to negotiate a new contract with a nonprofit which had been operating the animal shelter for over 20 years. The nonprofit had also raised 90 ...