Editorial

Drive safely throughout winter season

The winter weather that had seemed to bypass us thus far this season is now upon us.It reared its ugly head in the morning hours on Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Well, perhaps not that extreme. But it is here.There were cancellations. Bad road conditions. Traffic ...

2016 brings change in local government

Voters went to the polls in November and let it be known that they wanted change.The outcome left many incumbents on the wrong side of the voting tally - many voted out after years (some decades) of leading their communities.The majority of those ousted from office chose to follow through with ...

North Korean leader has no fear of U.N.

Japan's ambassador to the United Nations warned last week the world body will lose credibility if it does not respond decisively to North Korea's claim it has tested a hydrogen bomb.The ambassador is wrong, unfortunately. The United Nations has no credibility left to lose regarding nuclear ...

Debate not just about firearms

Some observers seemed a bit surprised at Sen. Joe Manchin's reaction to new limits on firearms purchases proposed by President Barack Obama. After all, much of the White House plan has been suggested previously - by Manchin.It is true the senator from West Virginia, along with a bipartisan ...

Ensure officers are informed

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice might be alive today if Cleveland police officers had been told they might be about to confront a kid with a pellet gun. But the dispatcher who sent them did not think to pass along that information from the caller who notified police about Rice.Just two seconds after ...

Pay attention to school buses

A recent accident involving a school bus in West Virginia could have been much worse. Let us hope and pray that thought occurs to every motorist using local roads - because the next time very easily could be worse.It appears there were no injuries in the mishap, though the 19 students on the ...

Education matched with opportunity

Ohioans got some good news about the economy during the fall, when the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported there were 240,000 job openings in the state. That is the highest that particular measure has been since it was first tracked, in 2011.Even better, the report showed nearly ...

Dealing with threat of nuclear attack

Nuclear war is a "real and growing danger," former defense Secretary William Perry recently warned. There can be no reasonable argument about that.What is open to question is what U.S. officials are doing to guard against a nuclear attack, either in a war or by a terrorist organization or ...

Beating drug abuse in W.Va.

Far more West Virginians have lost their lives to narco-terrorism than to attacks carried out by Islamic fanatics. It is time for West Virginians to declare war on the drug pushers - and fight them with every weapon at the state's disposal.Substance abuse is a crisis. It kills hundreds of ...

Social Security ignored again

Another year has come and gone with neither Congress nor the White House doing anything to ensure Social Security is viable for future generations.That is despite the fact that, at 80 years old, Social Security is well on its way to going belly-up. Federal officials say the Social Security ...