Opinion

Ohio bill causes concern

Editorial

Oops. Ohio legislators inadvertantly created a mess when, in a bill they passed last year, they created a new agency in state government. Designed to improve use of technology in state government, education and job placement, it is called InnovateOhio. New Gov. Mike DeWine has said he plans ...

SB 81 should be enacted

Editorial

West Virginia state law already requires that adult motorists safeguard youthful passengers by using safety harnesses and, for the very young, child seats. Why not also protect them against another danger — secondhand smoke? The health risks of breathing in tobacco smoke from someone ...

Keep a level head on pipelines

Editorial

In the wake of a gas pipeline explosion that forced members of a Noble County family from their homes, national environmental organizations seized the opportunity to call for decommissioning all gas pipelines in the region. One wonders how those representing organizations such as Beyond Dirty ...

Where the immigrants are not

Editorial

Famed mid-20th Century bank robber Willie Sutton is alleged to have been asked once, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money is.” Someone should ask House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she understands where the illegal immigrants aren’t. Obviously ...

Did lawmakers made a bad bet?

Editorial

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a mult-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much state ...

Law should bite back at someone

Letters To The Editor

Editor: In August 2018 a volunteer dog walker at the Columbiana County Dog Pound was severely bitten. Personnel from the nearby county jail provided first aid and filed a sheriff’s report. The victim was transported to an out-of-county hospital and required emergency surgery for repair of ...

Spite does not show leadership

Editorial

It is understandable that some West Virginia legislators are annoyed that teachers and service personnel who shut down schools for nine days last year were paid for that time. They were so irritated that a provision in a major education bill calls for docking teachers’ pay during a work ...

Grand-slamming

Letters To The Editor

Editor: Reading newspaper coverage of Lisbon council meetings, it is evident that Councilman Peter Wilson gets slammed nearly every time he brings up a suggestion for saving the village money or for improving the town. Most recently, according to news accounts, Mayor Roger Gallo accused ...

Take the bitter cold seriously

Editorial

Polar vortex. Dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Temperatures that rival the South Pole. A Siberian Express. We’ve heard these terms bandied about quite a bit lately. Normally, the more cynical among us laugh off the weather warnings as something that others worry about. You know — ...

Enough is enough, it is time to end government shutdown

Letters To The Editor

The government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 and has now become the longest one in U.S. history, is having a devastating effect on the federal workers who are not being paid. We’ve heard stories of federal workers who have been forced to rely on food banks and food stamps to feed their ...