Editorial

Speed aid to NAS babies

If you know the right people, a phone call can hook you up with a supply of heroin within minutes. Getting the government to take decisive action to help babies harmed by the opioid crisis can take years. Last fall, first lady Melania Trump visited Lily’s Place in Huntington, W.Va. It ...

Ensuring our schools are safe

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

Find ways to make travel by rail safer

Two crew members were killed last Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. This was the third ...

Cleaning Great Lakes important

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal is both right and wrong when it comes to an ongoing project to clean up the Great Lakes. Trump proposes to slash federal funding for the project by about 90 percent. That could jeopardize progress already made in dealing with pollution, invasive ...

Saving our students from tobacco

If you are an adult who, while a teenager, broke the rules by smoking tobacco on school property, raise your hand. We’re guessing there are a lot of hands in the air. But there might be more except for the fact some people who picked up the tobacco habit while young were killed by it. ...

Finding a solution for drug crisis

Ohio officials had the right idea in developing a global technology challenge for ideas to fight the opioid epidemic. Now the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge has announced the five projects that will receive $10,000 to move into their next phase. * Judson Brewer, of Massachusetts, is working ...

Enjoy the Olympics

Billions of eyes will be turning toward Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the 2018 Winter Olympics get under way. In the coming weeks, athletes from around the world will compete for glory and honor, representing their home countries in a variety of competitions in an effort to determine who is ...

Put mattress rules to bed

Federal agencies enforce a variety of rules regarding bedding. For example, mattresses containing used material must be tagged as such. And, of course, there is the ever-popular mandate that no one except the end purchaser can remove a mattress tag. Incredibly, the state of West Virginia has ...

Cyberbully bill should be passed

A bill approved Monday by the West Virginia House of Delegates may do some good to prevent cyberbullying of minors, if it is enacted. So the measure, HB 2655, is a step in the right direction. State senators should pass it, too. But bullies, regardless of age, are endlessly devious in how ...

Fund the state’s unemployment compensation

It is fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days, with unemployment at 4.7 ...