Editorial

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 ...

Guarding freedom of beliefs

In West Virginia, Republicans and Democrats could teach cats and dogs something about doing battle. On many issues, adherents of the two parties differ greatly. But not on basic human rights, such as not being forced by the government to do something that goes against one’s religious ...

Easing burden of regulations

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Rebuilding the country’s infrastructure

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Protection needed by responders

Unless they are police officers or sheriff’s deputies, first responders can find themselves at the mercy of people who, for one reason or another, turn violent. “Especially in rural communities, when they go on a call, they don’t really know what to expect,” West Virginia House of ...

Students do the right thing

The reaction by area students to two recent incidents at local schools needs to be recognized. In the past week, Beaver Local dealt with a “non-functioning” gun and Wellsville dealt with a “threatening” picture posted to a social media site. Neither incident appears to have been ...

How did they get away with crimes?

The most unsettling aspect of the case of David and Louise Turpin — and it should be disturbing — is how they managed to victimize their children for so long. Not until their 17-year-old daughter managed to escape from the Turpins’ house of horrors did anyone even notice what had been ...

Keep politics from judiciary

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill should have stepped down from the bench when he announced he was running for governor. But he did not. Instead, he continued campaigning, expressing opinions on various issues. We Americans have a tradition of discouraging such behavior, simply ...