Editorial

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 ...

Disclose the facts in case vs. bishop

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Controversy needs kept on library shelves

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. Blatant ...

Problem not always solved with money

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...