Editorial

Attack reminds us to be alert

It was a year ago to the day that the attacks by terrorists in Belgium were followed upon by an attack on tourists and the Parliament in London. The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an ...

Avoiding secrecy in political giving

Telling Americans they cannot contribute money to political candidates or causes amounts to infringing upon their First Amendment rights. That is something proponents of so-called “campaign finance reform” don’t like to talk about. But requiring that recipients of such donations say ...

Teaching students about the media

Students at some schools benefit from discussions, usually on the spur of the moment in classes on history or civics, about what has come to be referred to as “fake news.” A few school districts understand that helping young people navigate the ever-changing world of “the media” ...

Fund transition process for RESAs

It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” The state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the ...

Restore the local control of education

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Deter theft of military medals

To the thief who stole from Joseph L. Brown of Wellsville in December, part of his haul meant nothing but a few bucks he hoped to get by selling the items — small pieces of metal on colorful ribbons. To Brown, they meant a lot more. They were the medals we as Americans awarded to Brown in ...

Social workers make life better

Social workers are in the community every day helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is “Social Workers Stand Up.” There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their lives ...

Bill on parental notification needs enacted

Many West Virginians probably believe that if an abortion is performed on a minor, her parents or guardians must be informed in advance, unless there is some compelling reason for that not to happen. Such is not the case. State law allows physicians to perform abortions on minors without ...

Don’t let services die

West Virginia state legislators seem determined to kill the regional education services agency program. Services provided by the RESAs would be folded into the state Department of Education. Some of the eight RESAs may not function well, but RESA 6, serving the Northern Panhandle, does an ...

Weirton leaders add weapon in drug battle

You may want to think twice about being high in Weirton. Courtesy of City Council, it’s illegal. On Monday, council made Weirton the first municipality in West Virginia with an ordinance establishing the new criminal charge of “appearing in a public place or automobile in a drug induced ...