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Editor: Everywhere we turn, whether it be TV, internet or newspapers, the drug abuse epidemic is discussed. Substance abuse costs our nation approximately $600 billion annually. Some 24.6 million Americans, 9.4 percent of the population, abuse drugs. That is an 8 percent increase since ...

Tighten up a leaky ship

Editorials

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Don’t forget the Virgin Islands

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than what is ...

Scrutinize Equifax executives

Editorials

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

Editorials

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on our country on Sept. 11, 2001. At exactly 8:45 a.m., our national sense of security would be forever shattered when the first hijacked jetliner was flown into the World Trade Center by Islamic terrorists. Despite the ...

Target safety for school buses

Editorials

School is back in session in our area, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, using additional personnel ...

The right man for the job

Editorials

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Wheeling, W.Va., man will become the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That could be a very good thing, because the local man, David Zatezalo, has bottom-to-top experience in the coal industry. Zatezalo has been nominated to serve as ...

The right man for the job

Editorials

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Wheeling, W.Va., man will become the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That could be a very good thing, because the local man, David Zatezalo, has bottom-to-top experience in the coal industry. Zatezalo has been nominated to serve as ...

Debt ceiling will rise, no doubt

Editorials

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won the Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both Democrats ...

Kim must be stopped, literally

Editorials

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...