Opinion

Practice safety during fall, winter months

Editorial

After months in which the bedtime drill was to ensure the air conditioning was set for comfortable sleeping, the fall/winter heating season is upon us. Already, local residents have received a sharp reminder of the need to take precautions to keep our families safe. On Saturday, two pipeline ...

Keeping our schools safe for children

Editorial

Life was much simpler for high school students in the past. They and their parents had to worry about keeping up in class, how they were doing in extracurricular activities and what was on the hot lunch menu. Add safety to that list for modern-day students. Beginning today, those in the ...

Keeping miners safe

Editorial

Contrary to what some of our fellow Americans may think, West Virginians’ top priority regarding the coal industry is not ensuring as many miners as possible are working. It is keeping them safe. The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training may be able to do a better job of ...

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 ...