Opinion

Many questions surround Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I have some things on my mind regarding President Donald Trump that I want to talk about. On July 16, watching Trump on TV at a news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump's comments were alarming: "I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and ...

Never stop finding ways to grow

Local Columns

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 ...

Doing it his way

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Trumpmania: From a "Dennis the Menace" cartoon by Hank Ketcham. Trump knows the alphabet, but does not know how to work it yet. Trump is like Putin. Back in the 50s, Russia had a team of scientists researching mind control. Trump is a product of their success. Putin ...

It’s derby time in West Virginia

Editorials

The attention of fans of thoroughbred racing around the world will be directed toward Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for today's 49th running of the West Virginia Derby. The derby, a grade III event which carries a purse of $500,000, will be contested as part of a nine-race ...

Santoro earned the valley’s respect

Editorials

To a generation of United Steelworkers of America workers, the name of Santo Santoro is synonymous with standing up for workers, for steel, for communities, for people. To a generation of his friends and family, youth he coached in sports and countless friends, his name brings a smile, ...

Support Kavanaugh

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democratic senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh. Give Manchin credit for his stance of ...

Release opioid sale information

Editorials

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Some thoughts on Canterbury’s Tales

Local Columns

It was anticipated that Thursday’s testimony by Steve Canterbury, former administrator for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, before the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing would be a day for popcorn munching. While Canterbury, fired by then-Chief Justice Allen ...

Protect your skin

Editorials

As we become busier outdoors these days as soccer practice spectators, football practice observers, backyard pool lifeguards and gardening aficiandos, let us all remember the dangers of the sun. It's a fact: Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, ...

Crepe making means no more dusting

Local Columns

We “borrowed” the crepe maker months ago. M-o-n-t-h-s. And there it sat on the kitchen bar for weeks and weeks and weeks to the point where it needed dusting, so that didn’t exactly endear it to me. Every time I looked at it I was reminded of two things: 1.) Better Half and I had ...

Work to chronicle our communities

Local Columns

One of the coolest things I’ve found in my various explorations of our local history — usually spurred on by assignments involving our area museums — has been the opportunity to see the various photographs of our Ohio Valley. There’s, obviously, not much beyond the early 1900s, ...

Subsidies not long-term fix

Editorials

A White House plan for $12 billion in subsidies to aid farmers through the initial impact of a trade war with China seems fair, but only for a time. Over the long haul, the best solution for farmers who grow pork and soybeans in America's heartland is to let them sell the work of their hands ...

Defend behavior at your own peril

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, You can't tell the players without a scorecard. The scorecard for the Trump administration is essential and exhausting. It reads like a who's who in Russian politics, and Russian politics is steeped in oligarchs, former KGB agents and Russian mafia figures. You know that it ...

Kavanaugh fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

Local Columns

On July 9, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and in the coming months, the Senate will vote on this important nomination. As a senator, I take my responsibility to evaluate presidential nominees very seriously. That is ...

A sweet treat

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Okay, I'm not a wizard in the kitchen. But my wife and her nurse friends think so. There was to be a little get together of nurses who just retired, or went on to other jobs. My wife, Jeanie, wanted to take something to the party. I told her that I had an idea that might work. ...

Football action is back in the valley

Editorials

High school football returns to our region this evening when the 73rd edition of the Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football Charity Classic is played. This year’s game, which is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., returns to Wheeling Island Stadium. It once again will ...

How to react if Kim is lying about deal

Editorials

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Keep up the fight against black lung

Editorials

Black lung disease, known formally as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, is making a comeback, according to a study linked to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is — or should be — unacceptable. Too many West Virginia and Ohio families are all too familiar with ...

Moving over can save lives

Editorials

Many drivers, spotting an emergency vehicle ahead of them on the berm, instinctively edge to the left in their lane or, if on a multi-lane highway, scoot over to the left lane. It just makes sense. In West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, it also happens to be the law. All three states are ...

What is court trying to hide?

Editorials

West Virginia legislators considering whether to recommend impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry are scheduled to tour the court’s offices this week. But you will see no pictures or video of the tour, unless something changes. As we reported, court officials ...