Editorial

Kavanaugh needs judged only on facts

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Protecting elderly Ohio residents

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Drug abuse crisis worsens in Ohio

Imagine the entire population of Wellsville being wiped out in a year. Or Liverpool Township. Or either Yellow Creek or Madison townships. Now you have an idea of the devastation being wrought by the drug abuse epidemic in Ohio. The communities mentioned each have populations ranging from ...

Growing up amid violence

No doubt psychologists, sociologists and other experts on behavior could provide theories in attempts to explain what happened one week ago in nearby Steubenville. But how is it possible to understand, by any human reasoning process, why someone would shoot a 2-year-old child and her mother? ...

Paying for new pain-relief ideas

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

Decisive police action earns praise

Your cellphone may have awakened you recently in the early morning hours. If you checked it, you learned an Amber Alert had been issued in connection with the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy. But within hours, law enforcement agencies had found the child. His mother, her parents and her ...

Practice safety during fall, winter months

After months in which the bedtime drill was to ensure the air conditioning was set for comfortable sleeping, the fall/winter heating season is upon us. Already, local residents have received a sharp reminder of the need to take precautions to keep our families safe. On Saturday, two pipeline ...

Keeping our schools safe for children

Life was much simpler for high school students in the past. They and their parents had to worry about keeping up in class, how they were doing in extracurricular activities and what was on the hot lunch menu. Add safety to that list for modern-day students. Beginning today, those in the ...

Keeping miners safe

Contrary to what some of our fellow Americans may think, West Virginians’ top priority regarding the coal industry is not ensuring as many miners as possible are working. It is keeping them safe. The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training may be able to do a better job of ...

Drug-dealing doc merited a long term

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, in Jefferson County, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book ...