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Editorial

Outsiders are what’s needed in Washington

Many of the people President-elect Donald Trump has selected for top positions in his administration have no experience in the federal government. That is a terrible, dangerous thing, Trump’s critics charge. No, it is not. For many years, both Republican and Democrat presidents have ...

Avoiding needless deaths, injuries

Property owners often chafe at building codes requiring them to maintain structures in safe, healthy manners. That can be costly, so a certain amount of judgment should be exercised in enforcement. But what can happen when scofflaws get away with ignoring the rules entirely has been ...

Don’t let alcohol ruin the holiday

The holiday season is in full swing and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. In the weeks ahead, there will be many parties and gatherings to attend. Alcohol will be available at some of those events. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, ...

Check on conflicts is long overdue

West Virginia Department of Transportation employees have until Dec. 16 to fill out forms seeking information on second jobs they have outside state government. DOT officials mandated the reports out of concern about conflicts of interest. Their concern was piqued by federal corruption ...

Kasich is right about election

It has been a month since Republican Donald Trump won the presidency, by a convincing Electoral College margin. The vast majority of Americans, whether they supported Trump, Hillary Clinton or someone else, have accepted that. They are ready to move on, to make the best of things. A ...

Letting K-9 dogs go with handlers

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies who work with K-9 dogs often develop very close bonds with them. That can be a problem when the human handlers retire before their canine partners are ready to hang up the leash. It happened in Marietta, Ohio, earlier this year. Marietta Police ...

Sen. Machin would be wise energy pick

Perhaps the most important Cabinet secretary President-elect Donald Trump will select is a person to head the Department of Energy. Our entire economy, not to mention much of our foreign policy, relies on energy. During the past eight years, President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress ...

Why? That’s what we need to start asking

The attack by a lone man at Ohio State University Monday revealed a couple of alarming trends. First is one aimed at the national media and its choice of words when such attacks occur. The word “terror” is somehow being used as a substitute for the word “extremism,” or worse, ...

Stay safe while shopping this holiday season

Holiday shopping has officially started. The hustle and bustle that surrounds the season means shoppers must practice common sense and have an awareness of their surroundings in order to make sure it is a safe shopping season. It is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but thieves ...

We are our own best protection

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...