Opinion

Rethink rules on disaster aid spending

Editorial

Perhaps if local and state governments had just been less thrifty in their response to the massive snowstorm that hit much of West Virginia in January, Uncle Sam would have been more charitable toward the state.Mountain State officials had sought disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency ...

Be careful with the new fireworks law

Editorial

Mountain State residents will be able to buy more powerful fireworks than were permitted in the past, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last week. It was a clear case of the state's money trouble overruling concerns about safety.In the past, fireworks sales in the state ...

Too much to risk with open burning

Editorial

On Thursday afternoon, Liverpool Township firefighters were on the scene of a brush fire on Clark Street.The New Manchester VFD responded to three brush fires, all within a matter of days, last month.Such calls are becoming common place these days as departments on both side of the Ohio River ...

Baseball fans rejoice as its Opening Day

Editorial

Today is one of those rare times when all things seem to be possible. It's opening day for Major League Baseball.That means fans of all 30 teams are looking ahead to the long schedule and are sure that, with the right break here or there, their team will have the chance to contend for spot in ...

Trump talks way into trouble again

Editorial

There he goes again: Once again, Donald Trump has made an emphatic statement of what his policy would be if he is elected president and once again he has been forced to retract it.How long will Trump get away with shoving his foot in his mouth before he starts losing Republican Party primary ...

Find school leader ready for challenge

Editorial

What if you needed a new state superintendent of schools and no one had applied for the job?That might be a good thing.Ohio has had an opening since Dec. 31, when former Superintendent Richard Ross retired. Associate Superintendent Lonny Rivera has been filling in, but has said he does not want ...

Paradise on the Ohio

Local Columns

The Main Stream Real Estate Development Co. confirmed today it is completing options to acquire Babb's Island for creation of the nation's newest plush residential subdivision, expecting it may outclass Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale.Promotional literature will describe the development as ...

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Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those non-essential work vehicles that line Lisbon Street where the traffic is limited to one lane due to slippage of the roadway and the nearby hillside. An already congested area worsens with these vehicles parked on the tight roadway.Longs Run Presbyterian ...

Bus routes need altered due to safety concerns

Editorial

Balancing the issue of safety sometimes can be a tricky situation - thus is the case along Lisbon Street in East Liverpool, where roadway slippage has forced residents there to leave their homes.If the city deems the homes there unsafe due to visible damage and potential slippage, should our ...

Big government still unpopular

Editorial

Despite the often sincere efforts of legislators and governors to curb growth in government, state bureaucracies have a way of creeping up on taxpayers. So it appears to have been in Ohio.When Gov. John Kasich took office a few years ago, he and members of the General Assembly had to make tough ...