Editorials

Exercise patience with the gifts of pets

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 ...

Innovation may be the answer again

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Rethink priorities in Brooke schools

Perhaps it is time for Brooke County public school officials to rethink their priorities. That was suggested to them recently. During their meeting last Monday, board of education members heard from two upset students and an equally unhappy teacher. Sarah Ross, a senior at Brooke High ...

There’s still time to give this Christmas

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Steel on its way back to the Ohio Valley

Our region is poised to return as an important steel production center, area residents learned during Wednesday’s annual breakfast meeting of the Jefferson County Port Authority. That opportunity will come from JSW Steel USA, which plans to invest more than $500 million at the site of the ...

Law enforcement brightens the holidays

It seems that news has been full of interactions between police and civilians that have gone disastrously wrong. That is why our area police forces’ Shop With a Cop events are such a breath of fresh air. It is a relief to see police interaction in a positive light. For the most part, our ...

Keep up fight against black lung

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Enact Weld’s plan for veterans court

State Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld is right in his desire to establish — or, rather, resume — a special type of court in West Virginia. His fellow legislators and the state Supreme Court should embrace his initiative. Weld, R-Brooke, plans to introduce legislation to establish a ...

Work remains on PEIA problems

Early last spring, thousands of West Virginia public school teachers stayed out of classrooms and took to the picket lines. They wanted and got higher pay. They also demanded someone “Fix PEIA.” Whether that will happen remains a question. PEIA stands for Public Employees Insurance ...

Safeguarding our elderly residents

One should take those national ranking stories with more than one grain of salt. Too often they are based on quick looks at statistics, not in-depth examinations needed to tell a story accurately. Still, a new report from the WalletHub organization is interesting. It looks at how well states ...

Use state’s education money wisely

State Board of Education members are considering changes in West Virginia’s public school funding formula. Needless to say, that has some educators in the 55 counties concerned. Board members have a variety of initiatives on which they would like to spend more money. They range from paying ...

Passing on our history and heritage

Here in the Mountain State, parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed ...

Festival spreads the Christmas spirit

For 16 years, the annual Christmas in the Park event held in Follansbee has offered residents of the Tri-State Area the chance to get an early start on the holiday season. Held in October, the festival provides a fun time for area families and celebrates the holiday season’s spirit of ...

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 ...