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Editorial

Cracker fund is a sound investment

Ohio state officials revealed last week that they are pumping another $20 million into the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. That brings total state involvement through JobsOhio to $70 million — for a project that has not yet been announced officially as a done deal. State ...

This month is a time for reflection

Black History Month 2020 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans and the Vote” is the theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American ...

One strike and you are out

Educators who betray the trust placed in them by victimizing children sexually should never be employed again in schools — anywhere. One might think that would go without saying, but it does not. Too often, school employees convicted of sex-related crimes involving children find jobs in ...

Failed coup of a failing establishment

It has been a bad few days for the establishment, really bad. In a 51-49 vote, the Senate refused to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump and agreed to end the trial today, with a near-certain majority vote to acquit the president of all charges. As weekend polls show ...

IN OUR OPINION

Once again, some legislators are trying to reduce West Virginians’ access to information about government, business activities that affect us and even matters that could affect our personal finances. Why? State law requires publication in newspapers of legal notices regarding certain ...

Is Bernie’s hour of power at hand?

Can a septuagenarian socialist who just survived a heart attack and would be 80 years old in his first year in office be elected president of the United States? It’s hard to believe but not impossible. As of today, Bernie Sanders looks like one of the better, if not best, bets for the ...

Red China’s infection of our nation’s classrooms

Dangerous menaces are spreading from mainland China to the United States. Surgical masks and Big Pharma vaccines, however, won’t protect this nation from its infiltration. The problem doesn’t lie with bats. It lies with America’s batty pursuit of globalization at all costs. Chinese ...

Rising sea of emerging diseases

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll in a ...

Ensure security of patient records

Ohio’s medicinal marijuana program seemed to be operating without a hitch — until last week. Then, a Seattle internet privacy company revealed it had been able to access confidential information online about more than 30,000 medicinal marijuana patients in several states. The company, ...

Here is some good news to appreciate

While there is plenty of bad news around the world when we talk about the health of plant and animal species — some are endangered, others are pests ... some are gone forever — researchers stumbled upon something surprising last year in Ohio. According to the Ohio Department of Natural ...