Editorial

Rewriting the history of the atomic bomb

No human being with an ounce of compassion in his or her soul would deny that what happened 70 years ago - the only hostile use of atomic bombs in history - was a horrible event. At least 129,000 people and as many as 246,000 perished when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945, and ...

Penalize jury duty no-shows

Other than that we pay our taxes and obey other laws, our form of government does not ask much of us. Even voting, the republic's very foundation, is optional - and should be, by the way.But we are asked from time to time to sit in judgment of our peers. That is the basic guarantee of justice ...

Modernize Ohio road funding

Ohio seems to do a better job of maintaining highways and bridges and finding money for new ones than some other states. Still, trouble may be on the horizon.During the next two years, the Buckeye State will be $11.6 billion short of what is needed for highway and bridge needs, The Road ...

Recognizing good qualities at WVU

West Virginia University is not the nation's top party school, according to The Princeton Review. In fact, WVU has dropped to No. 7 in the organization's "party school" ratings of colleges and universities.That is good news after years during which WVU was listed at No. 1 or 2 on the party ...

Additional legalized gambling a bad bet

For thoroughbred and greyhound racing to survive in West Virginia - and public opinion on whether that is a priority seems to be mixed - structural changes in the sports themselves will be necessary.A committee formed by the State Racing Commission to look at the issue has recommended some such ...

Some died needlessly

This week marks a grim anniversary for many Ohioans. It was 10 years ago, on Aug 3, 2005, that a single ambush in Iraq took the lives of 14 Marines. Eleven of them were with Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. Many were Buckeye State residents.Had they been riding in an ...

Diverting attention from real threat

Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. But the government of Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, is doing all it can to divert attention from the real ...

Firing VA officials who let vets down

Since a scandal erupted last year over military veterans being forced to wait excessively long for health care appointments at government facilities, things have changed, U.S. Rep. David McKinley (W.Va.) found in looking into the problem.They got worse, he learned, despite pledges by the ...

Protecting Ohio children at risk

After 5-month-old Erin Warfel died in March 2013, the authorities in Medina, Ohio, decided her cause of death was "undecided." Everyone involved moved on with their lives. Erin's mother already was pregnant with another daughter, who would be born later that year. She was named Ember.On July ...

Music will play on at Oak Glen

Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson has been on the job as superintendent of Hancock County Schools only a short time, but it's apparent she's not easing into her new assignment.On Monday, as parents prepared to voice their concern, they received some welcomed news from the district's new leader: The ...