Opinion

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to whomever decided to change the outside mailbox at the post office in East Liverpool. SPANKS, writes a reader, to fans at an area junior high basketball game for laughing at an injured referee and also for the language used, especially considering it was in front ...

Remove roadblock on pipeline

Editorial

A major natural gas pipeline serving our region will be built as a result of a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $4.3 billion Rover Pipeline should ease the problem of gas “locked in” to West Virginia and East Ohio because there is no way to ship it. But the ...

60 days not enough?

Editorial

Balancing the state budget and reforming public schools are just two of the major issues with which West Virginia legislators must deal this year. Either one could take up the entire 60-day regular session. Too often in the past, important legislative matters have not been handled well simply ...

Keep marijuana illegal in state of West Virginia

Editorial

Arguments for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia boil down to two factors: cash and compassion. Neither holds up under prudent scrutiny. As state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice struggle to balance the state budget, the claim legalized marijuana would result in an infusion of cash in ...

Keeping an open mind on Gorsuch

Editorial

The reaction of some U.S. Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice can be summed up in two words: Hell, no. That is not putting it too strongly. Gorsuch, who has distinguished himself as a federal appeals court judge, will be ...

Finding a new leader for W.Va. schools

Editorial

It has been four months since West Virginia state school Superintendent Michael Martirano announced he plans to leave his post in June. Yet as of last week, state Board of Education members had not begun searching for a replacement. Martirano, whose wife passed away last year, said he plans ...

Riding coattails

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: At riding on coattails, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is the epitome of that political idiom. Sen. Brown rode into Congress in the wake of “Bush bashing,” Obama hysteria — and what an easy ride it was. His entire career in Congress has only showcased his staunch support and ...

Ohio Opinion

Editorial

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The (Canton) Repository, Jan. 29 Ahead of the November election, Ohio’s 16 congressional races were deemed noncompetitive and lopsided. One newspaper called them “a snoozefest.” This was ...

A Salem retail clothing store that has gone out of business donated the last of its apparel to area schools this week. East Palestine received more than 150 dresses to add to its Eppy’s Attic boutique for students. (Submitted photo)

Dresses donated to school boutique

Local Columns

EAST PALESTINE — A new clothing boutique at the East Palestine High School has received more than 100 new dresses from a Salem business. East Palestine Superintendent Traci Hostetler said the Eppy’s Attic boutique received the semi formal and formal dresses as a donation from Dress 2 ...

Veterans Agency needs big reforms

Editorial

U.S. senators may want to consider rejecting one nomination by President Donald Trump, that of David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. In remarks prepared for delivery to senators questioning him about the post, Shulkin has hinted he does not see a need for dramatic ...