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Editorials

Think carefully when buying a furry present

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Setting priorities for local road repair

No doubt officials at the West Virginia Department of Transportation are frustrated at their inability to react positively to each and every request for repairs to secondary roads. Resources are limited and there is only so much they can do at one time. Their frustration is minimal compared ...

New trade deal shouldn’t be political

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democratic lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

All pipeline work to proceed

Beginning in central Maine on a map of the eastern United States, draw a line roughly southwest to northern Georgia. Should the millions of people living east of that line be deprived of inexpensive natural gas from the Appalachian states? Of course not. But a federal appeals court ruling ...

Report on VA hospital safety needed

Earlier this year, it was disclosed that several patients have died under suspicious circumstances at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. The information did not come from the VA but rather, from an attorney suing the agency on behalf of the family of one of the deceased ...

Setting a strategy for PEIA

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last week. His ...

Really investing in state’s future

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

Hope concerning plants remains

Sometimes, we in the Ohio Valley find ourselves understanding children in the back seats of our cars demanding to know, “Are we there yet?” For years, we have been on the road toward construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. We are not there yet. On Wednesday, Ohio ...

Use holiday spirit to help others

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday season with shopping, family get-togethers and other events on our minds these days. And even though the holiday season comes at the same time every year, so many of us procrastinate, waiting until the final few weeks to buy gifts and plan ...

Time to remember

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

Sexual assault victims need some assurances

For many years, victims of sexual assault in West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — has been sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Shop locally first

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 ...

Christmas in the Park has the holiday spirit

Organizers of the annual Follansbee Christmas in the Park event say the holiday season is filled with the spirit of giving. And that’s why they continue to share proceeds from the annual event with members of the community. The festival has been a staple on the October calendar for nearly ...

Solving our foster care problems

Observant West Virginians concerned about children taken into the foster care system have been aware of its shortcomings for some time. So have state officials, who seem to be making a sincere effort to improve the situation. And, not just incidentally, so does the U.S. Department of ...

Practice fire prevention during the 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 ...

Stay positive this holiday season

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 constant hustle and bustle of the holidays ...

Be safe, smart while holiday shopping

The rush for holiday shopping has officially begun. It is a shorter shopping season this year for many who wait until after Thanksgiving to begin their gift buying The constant running that surrounds the holiday shopping season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness ...

Be patient during Black Friday shopping

Pundits and analysts have been pronouncing Black Friday a dying tradition, but pundits and analysts are not in the immediate circles of family and friends who set out today in bargain hunts for the perfect, and affordable, Christmas gift. For many, today represents a memorable, annual, fun ...

Giving thanks for what we have

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It’s many things to many people. It’s a day that has come to stand for food, family and football. And while those traditions are important, we hope that everyone will take just a few minutes to remember all of the good things in our lives, and make this ...

Counting the blessings in our communities

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 ...