Editorial

Hancock County shines with fair

There is certain to be some oldtime fun found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history ...

Voters should think about job creation

It is ironic that Democrat candidates for governor in Ohio are saying they want to focus on job creation. That and complaints about incumbent Gov. John Kasich dominated a debate among four Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tuesday in Martins Ferry. Our region of the state once was an ...

Helping our other fellow Americans

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Company’s lapse increased the danger

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Control dogs of any breed

More needs to be known about a reported dog attack in St. Clairsville, Ohio, before too many conclusions are reached. One thing seems apparent, however: After a woman’s dog bit a man, she left the scene. City police were called earlier this week to the Veterans Affairs clinic in St. ...

Employment data can be misleading

The national Labor Day holiday is an occasion on which many hard-working Americans get a day off and, perhaps, reflect on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

Accountability sorely lacking

As another round of investigations winds down in the search for fault over West Virginia’s tardiness, three years in a row, in turning in statewide audits of every agency, the likelihood that any “heads will roll” in the matter diminishes. The investigations also are getting less ...

Interesting Labor Day

Google “Labor Day 2017” and you’re as likely to find tips on holiday weekend sales in the stores, travel tips or end-of-summer barbecue recipes. While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on ...

Foster parents are rescuing children

Amid the devastation wrought by the substance abuse epidemic that has swept across Appalachia, truly innocent victims — children — are adrift in a world where parents are being arrested, or dying, and other family members are often unable to take them in because addiction has poisoned the ...

Safeguarding free speech

A reasonable person might suppose that college and university campuses are havens for exchange of and debate about ideas. Too often, that is not true. Faculties at most institutions of higher learning are weighted toward people with liberal social, economic and political views. Many are ...