Editorial

Priorities against terrorists wrong

France's reaction to terrorist attacks that killed 129 people in Paris was an air strike against Islamic State positions in Raqqa, Syria.America's response was to release five terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.Of course, leaders of both nations, along with many others, ...

Reduce premature births

West Virginia has one of the highest percentages of children covered by health insurance in the nation. At the same time, the March of Dimes has given the state a D grade for the number of premature births.The Mountain State did something about one threat to children's health. Surely it can ...

Helping addicts get off opiates

For years, a standard treatment for those addicted to heroin and other opiates was to give them methadone and Suboxone. The idea was those two drugs, mimicking the effects of opiates on the brain, could help people kick heroin habits.But many did get off heroin - only to become addicted to ...

Reform asset forfeiture laws

Few people would argue against allowing police and prosecutors to seize assets owned by criminals and either used in crime or obtained through it. But that good idea, implemented many years ago, somehow morphed into government taking cars, homes and other goods from people with only casual ...

Intolerance growing on some campuses

Many people are annoyed from time to time with journalists, who are viewed as too nosy, sometimes insensitive and occasionally biased.But with all the flaws, most Americans throughout our nation's history have recognized the importance of a vigorous, unfettered press. The truth may not always ...

Steering juveniles away from crime

In some ways, juvenile offenders should be handled with kid gloves. Opportunities to redirect their lives away from crime should not be squandered.Their families often are priceless, unique support systems for such efforts. It seems obvious that helping families have as much contact with ...

Veterans owed enormous debt

On this date a century ago, millions of soldiers from France, England, Canada, Germany, Austria-Hungary and a host of other nations still hoped for a quick, relatively bloodless victory in what would come to be called World War I. The conflict had just begun. Wholesale slaughter, often ...

Credibility critical in Ohio schools

Ohio's next superintendent of schools may have to put educating children on the back burner for a while.Instead, he or she may want to consider requiring a crash course in honesty for adults who oversee public schools.Superintendent Richard Ross, 65, revealed Friday he will retire from the post ...

Children need to know about ‘off’ button

Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of "the boob tube" that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern.Now the kids have television, computer games, social media and the Internet in general to distract them.A new study ...

Detecting breast cancer early

Better safe than sorry when it comes to your health. Most people probably feel that way.But the American Cancer Society, in formulating new recommendations for how women guard against breast cancer, seems to have adopted a new motto: Better to take chances than to be unduly worried for a few ...