Editorials

Make a compromise work

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics todaywhen he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

Ohio bill causes concern

Oops. Ohio legislators inadvertantly created a mess when, in a bill they passed last year, they created a new agency in state government. Designed to improve use of technology in state government, education and job placement, it is called InnovateOhio. New Gov. Mike DeWine has said he plans ...

SB 81 should be enacted

West Virginia state law already requires that adult motorists safeguard youthful passengers by using safety harnesses and, for the very young, child seats. Why not also protect them against another danger — secondhand smoke? The health risks of breathing in tobacco smoke from someone ...

Keep a level head on pipelines

In the wake of a gas pipeline explosion that forced members of a Noble County family from their homes, national environmental organizations seized the opportunity to call for decommissioning all gas pipelines in the region. One wonders how those representing organizations such as Beyond Dirty ...

Where the immigrants are not

Famed mid-20th Century bank robber Willie Sutton is alleged to have been asked once, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money is.” Someone should ask House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she understands where the illegal immigrants aren’t. Obviously ...

Roasts & Toasts

TOAST the quick actions of Susan Rohm, who works in the county treasurer’s office and spotted an elderly gentleman sitting on the sidewalk in the Lisbon square across the street from the courthouse in the subzero temperatures on Wednesday afternoon. Matt Miller in security, Sheriff Ray Stone ...

Where the immigrants are not

Famed mid-20th Century bank robber Willie Sutton is alleged to have been asked once, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money is.” Someone should ask House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she understands where the illegal immigrants aren’t. Obviously ...

Take the bitter cold seriously

Polar vortex. Dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Temperatures that rival the South Pole. A Siberian Express. We’ve heard these terms bandied about quite a bit lately. Normally, the more cynical among us laugh off the weather warnings as something that others worry about. You know — ...

Voting oversight is necessary

Fortunately, a problem with the election last November in Miami County, Ohio, did not affect the outcome of any races on the ballot. Still, the fact that 6,000 ballots were not counted is disturbing. Members of the county elections board had to meet last week to amend official returns. Board ...

Now it is up to House speaker

Now, the ball is in House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s court. She has insisted for weeks that she and other Democrats would negotiate over President Donald Trump’s request for funds to erect new physical barriers on the nation’s southern border only if he agreed to end the ...