Opinion

Solution may soon be found for rare genetic diseases

Editorial

Little Charlie Gard has passed away. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was born? Within a few years, ...

Tatiana Myshkin 7-30

Clarence and the Bearded Lady

Local Columns

Clarence Rinehart, president of the Toby Tyler Circus Collectors Club of Castor and Environs, enjoyed a weakness for slim women and big tops, so it surprised no one when he hopped onto the circus train after falling for the bearded lady, leaving his wife and young son in the Shadows. Tatiana ...

Duterte’s threat against children not acceptable

Editorial

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Capitol building should be fixed immediately

Editorial

West Virginia government finances are tight, these days. State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice felt they had to increase taxes and fees by about $130 million a year merely to take care of our roads and bridges. Special interests and government-funded entities have complained vociferously that ...

Let Morrisey’s office handle Medicaid fraud

Editorial

During just three months, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office helped save taxpayers $1.3 million in improper Social Security claims. The work, in cooperation with federal officials, occurred during the second quarter of this year. That amount adds to the millions of ...

Marsy’s Law for Ohio to be on ballot

Editorial

All too often, it seems criminals get more breaks than their victims from “the system.” That could change, at least to some extent, in Ohio. On the ballot in the Buckeye State this fall will be an initiative being referred to as Marsy’s Law for Ohio. The name comes from Marsy Nicholas, ...

Ohio center of civility movement

Editorial

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Keeping safe on the water

Editorial

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries ...

Iraqis able to protect Mosul

Editorial

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Blame game no solution for West Virginia

Editorial

West Virginia has made bottom of the list in yet another of those national rankings of states — this time CNBC’s Top States for Business. Ranking last in the nation has become a regular occurrence, and one most Mountain State residents know does not reflect the reality of doing business in ...