Opinion

Pursue research on e-cigarettes

Editorial

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Getting Loughry off high court

Editorial

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it to ...

President right to issue warnings

Editorial

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

End partisan obstructionism

Editorial

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate has resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Keep signs off state property

Editorial

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Stamping out fraud in Ohio

Editorial

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...

Ohio, W.Va. need to help Florida

Editorial

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Ohio and West Virginia needs to provide whatever help is within their power. Because Florida is a ...

Journalism matters today and every day

Editorial

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners — they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to the powers that be for not painting lines on Annesley Road since the resurfacing months ago. Plenty of time has passed and the job needs completed. THANKS, writes a reader, to area “retired” basketball coaches, Mike Solterbeck, Huck Steffen and Dave Hill for ...

Absentee voting available

Editorial

For many Ohioans, the Nov. 6 election will be more important in many ways than if Buckeye State voters were helping to elect a president. Both on local candidates and issues and those affecting the entire state, critical decisions need to be made at the polls. It is not difficult these days ...