Editorial

Breach of security, and trust

Why is City Hall continuing to muddy the waters with misstatements instead of providing basic information to the public about the October security breach at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport that involved key staffers of the Frank Jackson administration? The silence and stonewalling ...

Stop the piggyback pay raises

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits for ...

Clout counts in nation’s capital

Everything in Washington revolves around politics. Everything. So if you believe federal money is distributed solely on the basis of need, you are sadly deluded. That is not to say officials such as those in the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not try hard to ensure that when disaster ...

Welcome back the Delta Queen

Say the words “Delta Queen” and anyone who has lived along the Ohio River in our area will regale you with stories of the many times they have viewed the majestic steamboat paddling through the waters as it made its way to and from Pittsburgh. Crowds would line the riverbanks in ...

Do not cut the counties short

State Board of Education members are considering changes in West Virginia’s public school funding formula. Needless to say, that has some educators in the 55 counties concerned. Board members have a variety of initiatives on which they would like to spend more money. They range from paying ...

Make it a day well spent

Parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed Wednesday as West ...

Stay out of the FEMA doghouse

Sometimes, it does make sense to cry over spilled milk, so to speak. Knowing what caused the spill to occur in the first place can keep it from happening again. State officials, especially legislators, find themselves in that position regarding the scandal over the state’s flood recovery ...

Nature needs just a little help

Those concerned with the health of our environment can be quick to point to drastic, instant-result “solutions” that do more harm than good. Their sense of urgency often leads them to bypass ideas that are perhaps slower, but provided by the planet (and smart humans who study it). Here in ...

What would we have done if he was not a ‘nice kid?’

A case pending in East Liverpool Municipal Court has attracted considerable attention from the public, not because people believe the defendant is guilty, but because they believe him innocent. That will be a decision up to the judge, but the reasons being aired on social media by the ...

Loughry had no option but to quit

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business Monday. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...