Editorial

Fund infant mortality effort

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ninth-worst ...

Don’t ignore maintenance needs

There are lots and lots of ways to spend taxpayers’ money, West Virginia legislators are learning as they get their annual 60-day regular session moving. Unfortunately, making up for money not spent in the past has to be viewed as a priority. State Division of Corrections Commissioner Betsy ...

Is art beyond Democrats’ reach?

Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

Trump should stay on schedule

As much as she may wish she could, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot muzzle the president. Her stunt in suggesting President Donald Trump postpone his scheduled Jan. 29 State of the Union speech is meaningless, except in a political context. Pelosi, D-Calif., a few weeks ...

More for the youngest victims

Throughout West Virginia, some teachers were seen recently outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in our public schools: We are not doing enough for the ...

Ohio’s medicinal marijuana law is in full implementation

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Joan Caleodis of Martins Ferry, Ohio, earned the distinction of being the first person in modern times to purchase marijuana legally in Ohio — at least, in the eyes of state officials. The substance remains illegal under federal law. But Caleodis was not ...

RISE should have done better

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed ...

A bellwether of bad health

It’s not much fun being the distant early warning system for the rest of the United States. According to a recent report by The Associated Press, the Mountain State is the testing ground for anything negative that will eventually impact the health and well-being of Americans as a whole. ...

Welcome, Judge Bickerton

It took her 216 years to get here, but Columbiana County has finally welcomed the first woman to fill the Common Pleas Court bench. Megan Bickerton of East Liverpool was sworn in last week to replace longtime Judge C. Ashley Pike. A first-time judge, Bickerton had previously served as an ...

Don’t just leap into legal weed

Rest assured that what interests state legislators most about the potential to legalize recreational marijuana in West Virginia is a number: $250 million. That is how much Colorado government is expected to have raked in last year from taxes and fees on marijuana sales. In all likelihood, ...