Editorials

Put common sense first when it comes to health

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

DNA testing pays dividends

Two men indicted in Cleveland this week might have escaped justice but for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s campaign, launched a few years ago, to devote more resources to analysis of thousands of “rape kits” that had sat on law enforcement shelves for years, even decades. The two ...

Assault continues on free speech

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

The only problem was Bowe Bergdahl

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

It’s time to eliminate debt in child support

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Districts should be drawn fairly

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Some sense needed in our regulations

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

It’s time for small towns to stand up

Anyone living in the Weirton-Steubenville area who read the New York Times Economic Scene column by Eduardo Porter, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones Are Being Left Behind,” should be angry at its tone and tenor. First, because it portrays the local metropolitan area as being mired ...

Weinstein should have been stopped

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Holiday spirit will come alive

While a look at the calendar shows that Christmas is more than two months away, the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday this weekend. It will all be a part of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ...