Editorial

Innovation may be the answer

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Making Christmas merry

For thousands of Columbiana County residents, Christmas morning brings with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous hearts. We refer, of course, to those who have done what they could to ensure that our needy neighbors enjoy some of the material joys of Christmas. Hundreds ...

Silent night, holy night

For some time now, many Christians have felt as if their faith is on the defensive. Adherents to some other faiths mock ours. A few claim their differing beliefs justify murdering Christians. Even here in the United States, where the vast majority of people are Christians, the faith has been ...

One bad apple sent to prison

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for embezzling ...

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 ...