Opinion

Enjoy the Olympics

Editorial

Billions of eyes will be turning toward Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the 2018 Winter Olympics get under way. In the coming weeks, athletes from around the world will compete for glory and honor, representing their home countries in a variety of competitions in an effort to determine who is ...

Put mattress rules to bed

Editorial

Federal agencies enforce a variety of rules regarding bedding. For example, mattresses containing used material must be tagged as such. And, of course, there is the ever-popular mandate that no one except the end purchaser can remove a mattress tag. Incredibly, the state of West Virginia has ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to health care providers for not filling out a VA Disability Form to help a disabled veteran possibly get the benefits he is entitled to receive. SPANKS, writes a reader, to a local business that is putting in more scan-and-go registers. THANKS, though, to those who do ...

Cyberbully bill should be passed

Editorial

A bill approved Monday by the West Virginia House of Delegates may do some good to prevent cyberbullying of minors, if it is enacted. So the measure, HB 2655, is a step in the right direction. State senators should pass it, too. But bullies, regardless of age, are endlessly devious in how ...

Fund the state’s unemployment compensation

Editorial

It is fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days, with unemployment at 4.7 ...

Guarding freedom of beliefs

Editorial

In West Virginia, Republicans and Democrats could teach cats and dogs something about doing battle. On many issues, adherents of the two parties differ greatly. But not on basic human rights, such as not being forced by the government to do something that goes against one’s religious ...

Easing burden of regulations

Editorial

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Rebuilding the country’s infrastructure

Editorial

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Protection needed by responders

Editorial

Unless they are police officers or sheriff’s deputies, first responders can find themselves at the mercy of people who, for one reason or another, turn violent. “Especially in rural communities, when they go on a call, they don’t really know what to expect,” West Virginia House of ...

Students do the right thing

Editorial

The reaction by area students to two recent incidents at local schools needs to be recognized. In the past week, Beaver Local dealt with a “non-functioning” gun and Wellsville dealt with a “threatening” picture posted to a social media site. Neither incident appears to have been ...