Tobacco remains an issue in West Virginia


West Virginians are familiar with the ravages of the substance abuse epidemic in our state, but too many think of the substances in question as only opioids and methamphetamines. Meanwhile another substance has been killing Mountain State residents for generations, and still takes an enormous ...

Employers should determine vaccines


Some Ohio lawmakers seem bent on steering as much control and decision-making back to Columbus as possible. What is surprising for many is the number of those lawmakers who also call themselves Republicans. Most recently, the Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee advanced a new version of ...

Enjoy your day and keep giving thanks


There is some debate over exactly when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated on our soil. Many trace it to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. That feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. It was, according to historians, actually celebrated between the ...

Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg continue to resonate in history


The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863 — 158 years ago last week — when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that ...

We are not out of the COVID-19 woods yet


People everywhere are more than ready to get back to “normal,” and with COVID-19 cases on the decline, it seems that may be possible sometime soon. We’re not there yet. Certainly, we have received encouraging news: coronavirus cases and deaths are declining throughout our region and ...

Death penalty’s future should go to the polls


The decision whether to abolish capital punishment in Ohio should be left to the electorate. Such a stark penalty deserves broad debate of such a deep moral issue by the residents of this state about the impact and consequences. That position is one readers rarely will hear from this ...