Editorial

Lower prices doesn’t equal unqualified boon

Figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and studied by the Tax Foundation, show money goes a little further in West Virginia and Ohio than it does in most of the rest of the country. The analysis adjusted the value of $100 to find out how much it would purchase in each state.It will come ...

IRS doing less with more money

Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame - you guessed it - budget cuts.But Congress did not cut IRS spending for the current year. According to the agency itself, it had $11.97 billion to ...

Chester teapot volunteers deserve praise

Residents of our Ohio River communities deserve to be boasting a bit based on recent stories of volunteerism and fundraising appearing within the pages of this newspaper.One in particular deals with a popular symbol of Chester, located along Carolina Avenue and visible to many who travel ...

Protect coal mine retirees

Tens of thousands of retired coal miners in West Virginia and Ohio rely on a pension program perilously near to insolvency. Fortunately, there is a way to save it, if only temporarily.Like so many good retirement programs provided to industrial workers for decades, the United Mine Workers of ...

Wins in the classroom are important, too

Too often it seems the attitude about public schools in West Virginia is that winning is everything - at least in athletics. When academics comes up, well, let's just ignore the fact many schools have higher percentages of wins on the football field than they do in the classroom, as measured by ...

GED process should be more affordable

Sometimes it seems as if government does all it can to increase dependence on it rather than to encourage people to improve themselves. Ohio's GED program, granting successful applicants the equivalent of high school diplomas they failed to earn while younger, is an example.Between 2000-13, an ...

‘Hellhole’ label still a hindrance

West Virginia lawmakers made strides this year in addressing the climate that has led national publications to label the state a "judicial hellhole." The road ahead is still a long one, however. Forbes magazine said recently that the Mountain State has "the worst lawsuit climate" in the ...

Changing the education policy imperative

Insanity is defined as trying the same thing over and over again, even though it fails, and expecting different results the next time. U.S. Reps. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) were right to reject that approach regarding public schools.The two, who represent our regions of ...

O’Malley barely dents college cost

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made his bid for college student support in his campaign for president - and as so often is the case with claims by politicians of all ideological persuasions, it collapses under scrutiny.O'Malley, a Democrat, laid out his plan during a visit to New ...

Leave Iran arms embargo in place

Iran's extremist, militant leaders are well on their way to being told, in effect, to go and sin no more. And oh, by the way, no one will be watching very closely for misbehavior in the future.Emboldened by U.S. officials' capitulation on several issues regarding their nuclear weapons program, ...