Opinion

Aid flood victims here and there

Editorial

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Houston, Texas, area because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. At this writing, it was still raining there. Some parts of Texas were expected to record more than five feet of precipitation in less than a week’s time. We have ...

Kicking the debt can on down the road

Editorial

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Ending retreat from terrorists

Editorial

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Security in lower courts vital, too

Editorial

As Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. continues to recover from being shot Monday morning, the thoughts of many local officials continued to focus on courthouse security. Though no amount of it would have prevented the judge’s shooting — which occurred outside the ...

Get outside, and Poke around!

Local Columns

Pokemon Go, have you heard of it? Last summer the “augmented-reality cellphone game” was the talk everywhere, not only in this country, but around the world. People — adults and children — were seen walking aimlessly around neighborhoods, city streets, businesses and landmarks focused ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the city’s Design Review Board for censoring a local business for its lively and artistic storefront. Who sets the standards? THANKS, writes a reader, to Bill Wiseman, who helped me to my car when I was walking and fell in Tomlinson Run Park. What an ...

Slow down, pay attention, be safe

Editorial

Recently, four Amish residents of Belmont County were hurt when their buggy was struck from behind by a car on a county road near Barnesville. All four were injured badly enough to require hospital treatment. Then, on Monday night, four Amish people were injured when a car hit their van near ...

Don’t provide enemy any encouragement

Editorial

Whatever President Donald Trump decides to do about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, it should not be described as an “exit strategy.” Such an announcement would be just what the Taliban and other Islamic extremists want to hear. More than 2,300 Americans have been killed in and near ...

Better drug policy an urgent need

Editorial

Jim Johnson needs to hit the ground running in his new job. Lives depend upon it. Johnson has been named director of West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, it was announced last week. Under supervision of the state Bureau for Public Health, the office’s role will be to battle ...

Violence can’t continue to grow

Editorial

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...