Editorials

A disaster waiting to happen

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Roasts & Toasts

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are notes and comments by the Journal staff to recognize both the accomplishments and shortcomings of people, officials and groups in our county, state, nation and world. Signed submissions from readers may be considered, but are not automatically ...

Questions Virginians must face

It is easy to understand why some Virginians did not the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for that. He has posed a ...

A clear message to the Taliban

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

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 ...