Editorial

Ease the process for hydro plants

West Virginians and Ohioans are right to be worried their electric bills will skyrocket if President Barack Obama's plan to shut down coal-fired power plants is not stymied. But what if there was a tried and true alternative source of energy that could keep electric bills at or even below what ...

Focus on mine safety hazards

Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration officials have been busy this month, with five mining fatalities - three in the same day, in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia. Those mine workers were killed Aug. 3 while dealing with sand, gravel and gold ore. Two were above ground, one was below. ...

Keeping politics out of education

In retrospect, it seems incredible that Ohio voters in 1953 believed an elected state board of education would keep politics out of the administration of public schools. But enough of them did that the constitutional amendment they approved that year both established the state board and ...

For some, issue is a pot of gold

Pot - marijuana - will prove to be a pot of gold for 10 investors if Ohio voters fall for the most brazen scheme to come down the pike in many years.After a false start with too many invalid signatures on petitions, a group calling itself ResponsibleOhio appears to have found enough legitimate ...

Change to one-way road a smart move

The move to return Boring Lane to a one-way thoroughfare is long overdue.We support those township, city, and school district officials who are making the push - in the name of safety - to correct what has been a troublesome spot for decades.At one point, the roadway - which connects Lisbon ...

Rewriting the history of the atomic bomb

No human being with an ounce of compassion in his or her soul would deny that what happened 70 years ago - the only hostile use of atomic bombs in history - was a horrible event. At least 129,000 people and as many as 246,000 perished when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945, and ...

Penalize jury duty no-shows

Other than that we pay our taxes and obey other laws, our form of government does not ask much of us. Even voting, the republic's very foundation, is optional - and should be, by the way.But we are asked from time to time to sit in judgment of our peers. That is the basic guarantee of justice ...

Modernize Ohio road funding

Ohio seems to do a better job of maintaining highways and bridges and finding money for new ones than some other states. Still, trouble may be on the horizon.During the next two years, the Buckeye State will be $11.6 billion short of what is needed for highway and bridge needs, The Road ...

Recognizing good qualities at WVU

West Virginia University is not the nation's top party school, according to The Princeton Review. In fact, WVU has dropped to No. 7 in the organization's "party school" ratings of colleges and universities.That is good news after years during which WVU was listed at No. 1 or 2 on the party ...

Additional legalized gambling a bad bet

For thoroughbred and greyhound racing to survive in West Virginia - and public opinion on whether that is a priority seems to be mixed - structural changes in the sports themselves will be necessary.A committee formed by the State Racing Commission to look at the issue has recommended some such ...