Editorials

Move carefully on teacher certification

West Virginia has a shortage of public school teachers qualified on paper to do their jobs. Eliminating some of the red tape at least partially responsible for that problem makes sense. In doing so, state officials should take care not to open the field of teaching to people who are not ...

Failure to warn is inexcusable

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 ...

Much has changed during last 16 years

The children of Sept. 11, 2017, are getting their driver’s licenses this year. Sixteen years have passed since a cloudless morning in the Eastern United States saw the world changed by men who chose to use airliners as missiles, killing nearly 3,000 Americans. Many have compared the ...

Crime victims need better assistance

Some Ohioans victimized by crime can be compensated by a state program set up for the purpose. Most don’t receive much; the average last year was $2,369. But some who probably ought to get help do not receive a dime, because of rules by which the program is guided. One of them was a ...

Prostate cancer remains scourge

Area men, especially those older than age 50, should know about the “silent killer.” Long labeled the “silent killer” of men, prostate cancer unfortunately develops in men without any obvious symptoms, and this month — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month— is an excellent time to study ...

All-of-the-above best energy policy

For eight years, those of us in the Tri-State Area tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the spotlight focused on coal country by then-candidate Donald Trump to make millions of ...

Plenty to do at Brooke fair

We’re beginning to experience the shorter days and cooler temperatures of fall, but that doesn’t mean an end for the area’s fairs and festivals. A great example is the Brooke County Fair, which will run Friday through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park. The annual event will feature food, ...

Zatezalo deserving of chance to head agency

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Weirton native 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, a resident of Wheeling, has been nominated ...

America coming together in Texas

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we marvel ...

Some thoughts about Labor Day

Google “Labor Day 2017” and you’re as likely to find tips on holiday weekend sales in the stores, travel tips or end-of-summer barbecue recipes. While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday, (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on ...