Editorial

Alcohol and teens not a good mix

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Refusing to play by Kim’s rules

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to avoid ...

Taking a stand against bullying

Exactly what triggered the murderous rampage on May 18 by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

U.S. needs more spies in the field

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, strengthen ...

Changing view of STEM skills

Young people in West Virginia (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than their peers in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome we can imagine. But West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee knows something all the ...

Analysts, politicians wrong about W.Va.

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead-up to the state’s primary election. They do not. Plenty of know-it-alls both inside and outside the state decided before the election that Don ...

Bringing elk back to W.Va.

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near Logan, ...

Don’t be fooled by threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Clinton right on North Korea talks

Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action from ...

Providing kids with alcohol can be deadly

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...