Editorial

Sunshine Week about openness

March 11-17 marks the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week is ...

Don’t get hopes up on North Korea

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Forcing DC to join war on drugs

It should not have required a lawsuit to persuade federal officials to do their job in stemming the flow of opioid pain pills into West Virginia. Apparently it did, however. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Drug Enforcement Administration to rethink its ...

Saving lives by issuing citations

Years ago, a West Virginia woman tells friends, a law enforcement officer spotted her mother in a car and noticed she had not buckled up her safety belt and shoulder strap. He handed her a citation. Upset at having received the first ticket in her life, the woman began buckling up. Within ...

Jesse Owens Park good for Ohio

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in East Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new Ohio ...

Making up for lost days

As it became apparent the strike by West Virginia school personnel was over on Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice suggested efforts should be made to ensure children do not have to attend classes any longer than absolutely necessary this spring. Agreed. But students have missed nine days of school ...

Community response appreciated

Students in Hancock County Schools, absent from the classroom since Feb. 21, appear to be headed back to school. On Tuesday, a deal was reached among state legislature and union representation that means teachers throughout 55 counties in West Virginia will return to the job, one they walked ...

Don’t degrade water quality

Many residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality standards for ...

DUI law change shelved again

Motorists convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should be dealt with harshly. But what of those accused of DUI but not convicted? Does “innocent until proven guilty” mean nothing in West Virginia? As the law stands now, a person accused of DUI but not ...

Spaying, neutering part of owning pet

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...