Editorials

Make U.S. competitive again

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since these ...

Save the black lung trust fund

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Welcome back the Delta Queen

Say the words “Delta Queen” and anyone who has lived along the Ohio River in our area will regale you with stories of the many times they have viewed the majestic steamboat paddling through the waters as it made its way to and from Pittsburgh. Crowds would line the riverbanks in ...

Palestine’s decision to make

East Palestine Mayor Alan Cohen says the village is on the verge of “falling off a cliff” if something isn’t done to secure its financial future. However, plans to place a .5 percent income tax increase before voters on the May primary election ballot may be starting down a slippery ...

Abandoned wells need attention

Let’s hope the Diversified Gas and Oil Corp. is serious about its commitment regarding abandoned oil and gas wells in West Virginia. State officials need to have a contingency plan in place should the firm prove unwilling or unable to deal with the wells. Diversified has purchased more than ...

Delays not helping students

Time and again, officials at colleges and universities tell us we are not preparing our students to attend their institutions. That is fine with them, of course — they get to charge more for extra semesters in which students take remedial courses to get them up to where they should be. ...

Judicial flexibility possible

Earlier this fall, when voters were considering whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would reclassify some drug offenses, with the stated goal of reducing the state’s prison population, the five judges who preside over Stark County Common Pleas Court visited the Editorial Board ...

End the war in Afghanistan

A new report from Brown University’s Costs of War project serves as a stark reminder of the destruction, both past and present, that has been wrought upon Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan since the turn of the 20th century. The report found that, by conservative estimates, 480,000 people have ...

You can be someone’s Santa

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Make it a day well spent

Parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed Wednesday as West ...