Opinion

Drug-dealing doc merited a long term

Editorial

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, in Jefferson County, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to those responsible for not repairing the potholes along Dresden Avenue near the entrance to Walmart. SPANKS, also, for potholes within the plaza that have yet to be repaired. THANKS, writes a reader, to an area high school athletic department for charging senior ...

Disclose the facts in case vs. bishop

Editorial

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Controversy needs kept on library shelves

Editorial

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. Blatant ...

Problem not always solved with money

Editorial

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Constitution question in W. Virginia

Editorial

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Diminished dreams

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: In response to the article of the closing of the coal-fired electric power plants, these workers, plus the others from trucking, mining, railroading, and large hauling, probably means well over 1,000 more jobs gone. The bad days of the closings such as Crucible (5,000 jobs) and ...

‘Yes’ on State Issue 1

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Starting at 17, I battled addiction for nearly a decade, and during that time I was in and out of county jails and state prisons without getting any real help for my problem. Local police officers, who knew me and my family, wrote me off as a lost cause and said that I would be ...

Oldtime fun at Hancock County fair

Editorial

Some oldtime fun will be found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history and community ...

Don’t rush medicinal marijuana

Editorial

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...