Helping to rebuild once-broken lives


When West Virginia state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns (R-Wheeling) attended a White House conference on drug abuse last week, he clued attendees from throughout the nation in on the cold new idea for helping former addicts. Ferns, who represents the Northern Panhandle, including Hancock ...

Kavanaugh needs judged only on facts


There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Protecting elderly Ohio residents


The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Drug abuse crisis worsens in Ohio


Imagine the entire population of Wellsville being wiped out in a year. Or Liverpool Township. Or either Yellow Creek or Madison townships. Now you have an idea of the devastation being wrought by the drug abuse epidemic in Ohio. The communities mentioned each have populations ranging from ...

Growing up amid violence


No doubt psychologists, sociologists and other experts on behavior could provide theories in attempts to explain what happened one week ago in nearby Steubenville. But how is it possible to understand, by any human reasoning process, why someone would shoot a 2-year-old child and her mother? ...

No one asked me

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Regarding the latest news that West Virginia ranks last in happiness ... No one asked me. Did anyone ask you? I have had enough of this business. If you object, speak up. Linda McNeil New Cumberland

Speak up, listen

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: John Maxwell said: “Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.” As we begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we turn our thoughts to victims and survivors of violent, abusive relationships. What empowers a victim to take a stand, to take a ...

Paying for new pain-relief ideas


Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to certain residents in Chester, W.Va., who have overgrown and unkept yards. They should take more pride in their community and have respect for their neighbors. THANKS, writes a reader, to the employees of Bob Evans and the good samaritan who responded to a medical ...

Decisive police action earns praise


Your cellphone may have awakened you recently in the early morning hours. If you checked it, you learned an Amber Alert had been issued in connection with the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy. But within hours, law enforcement agencies had found the child. His mother, her parents and her ...