Editorials

Johnson offers a place to start

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a look. The ...

DeWine off to a good start

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most diverse ...

West Virginia works to build math skills

Give West Virginia Department of Education officials credit for coming up with a catchy name for their initiative to improve Mountain State students’ achievement in mathematics. They call it math4life. But will it accomplish what needs to happen in schools across the state? Last fall, ...

We really need to be diversified

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Givens has left a lasting impact

Roy Givens worked hard to improve the lives of residents of Brooke County and the Northern Panhandle. From serving as an elected official through his efforts on many other fronts, Givens, who died Jan. 3 at the age of 89, always followed a simple philosophy of putting the interests of others ...

Veterans court a good idea

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of ...

Local teachers know what’s best

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being suspended ...

Replenish Ohio’s reclamation fund

Environmentalists and the coal industry often find themselves glaring angrily at one another over the issues fence that so frequently divides them. They agree on an important issue in Ohio, however, according to The Associated Press. Both groups are worried about funding of a state program to ...

Let’s all help with recycling

Among the biggest environmental concerns regarding plastics is that over shopping bags made of the material. Keeping them out of landfills and, perhaps more important, out of bodies of water is critical, we are being told. A seemingly obvious way to address the challenge is to encourage ...

Ohio must move on infrastructure

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...