Opinion

Substance abuse crisis getting worse

Editorial

Something like a killer virus that mutates over time to become more deadly and harder to eradicate, the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia is changing. Unfortunately, it is taking more lives and becoming more difficult to battle. Last year, 909 people in our state died of drug ...

A honest, verifiable pact must be goal

Editorial

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Our first responders supported

Editorial

Imagine: You are traveling on an airliner. With you are your husband, his parents and your two small children. Without warning, disaster strikes. You nod at your spouse — knowing he has asked silently for your permission to risk making you a widow. It happened Tuesday in the sky near ...

Barbara Bush: A first lady who earned esteem

Editorial

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

North Elementary recently celebrated Dr Seuss’s birthday with “Right To Read Week” with several festivities, including local celebrities who took time out of their day to come and read to the students. The students and staff at North send a special THANKS to the following: EL Police ...

Do more for troubled children

Editorial

Are we doing enough to identify children coping with emotional upheavals before they harm themselves and others? Obviously not. On Monday, an 8-year-old student took a knife to school in Sauk Rapids, Minn. He slashed three other children before an adult disarmed him. All three victims ...

Join the effort Saturday

Editorial

The annual citySweep — the community’s 21st annual effort as spearheaded by Heritage Thermal Services — takes place Saturday. We have been encouraged by the community involvement in previous campaigns and encourage participation in the event once again. The collection of household ...

NAS does translate to child abuse

Editorial

Babies born with opioid drugs in their systems can experience excruciating pain as their tiny bodies go through withdrawal. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, as it is called, can have lasting, adverse effects on the children’s health and intellectual development. It happens because their ...

Broadband plan good for Ohio

Editorial

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband Internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of our area of the state — is ...

Time to connect Pittsburgh with Columbus

Editorial

It was the spring of 2011 when the idea of the Pittsburgh-to-Columbus highway corridor went into hibernation. After several years of work involving politicians from the state level, business and local politicians across seven counties in Eastern Ohio and economic development leadership, the ...