Opinion

Don’t get hopes up on North Korea

Editorial

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Forcing DC to join war on drugs

Editorial

It should not have required a lawsuit to persuade federal officials to do their job in stemming the flow of opioid pain pills into West Virginia. Apparently it did, however. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Drug Enforcement Administration to rethink its ...

Protect teen health, safety, learning

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Teen substance abuse, car crashes, obesity, low graduation rates, and school-based violence — chronic sleep deficiency increases risk for every one of these national concerns. Because too-early middle and high school start times make adolescents especially vulnerable to sleep ...

Historic step for W.Va. education employees

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Back in 1990, West Virginia made historic steps by participating in the first statewide teacher strike that lasted for 11 days. Here we are 28 years later and West Virginia made history again by staging a work stoppage for all education employees. You read about school ...

Saving lives by issuing citations

Editorial

Years ago, a West Virginia woman tells friends, a law enforcement officer spotted her mother in a car and noticed she had not buckled up her safety belt and shoulder strap. He handed her a citation. Upset at having received the first ticket in her life, the woman began buckling up. Within ...

Jesse Owens Park good for Ohio

Editorial

It has been known for nearly a year that state officials were negotiating with American Electric Power to create a new state park in East Ohio. During his State of the State speech this week, Gov. John Kasich made it official. Kasich also put some icing on the cake, revealing the new Ohio ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

SPANKS, writes a reader, to St. Clair Township for the dim lighting along state Route 170 in Calcutta. It’s hard to see when it’s dark, and especially when it’s dark and rainy. Brighter bulbs would be nice. SPANKS, as well, to East Liverpool for its lack of highway lighting, which makes ...

Making up for lost days

Editorial

As it became apparent the strike by West Virginia school personnel was over on Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice suggested efforts should be made to ensure children do not have to attend classes any longer than absolutely necessary this spring. Agreed. But students have missed nine days of school ...

Community response appreciated

Editorial

Students in Hancock County Schools, absent from the classroom since Feb. 21, appear to be headed back to school. On Tuesday, a deal was reached among state legislature and union representation that means teachers throughout 55 counties in West Virginia will return to the job, one they walked ...

Don’t degrade water quality

Editorial

Many residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality standards for ...