Editorials

VW woes will have far-reaching affect

Few would consider a Volkswagen Jetta an "exotic" car. Ditto the Beetle or the Golf.But with the potential withdrawal of a clean air certificate application by the German automaker for the 2016 model-year diesel-powered versions of those mainstream vehicles, thousands of already built cars ...

Forum offers chance to become informed

Those who want to learn more about some local political races and issues on the upcoming ballot have their chance to do so Tuesday.Once again the Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women's Club is sponsoring a political forum scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Eastern Gateway Community ...

VA appointment just a good start

After allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to go for months without a permanent inspector general, President Barack Obama finally is nominating someone for the post. He is Michael J. Missal, a Washington lawyer in private practice.Clearly, the VA needs a no-holds-barred inspector general ...

Ohio Senate should reject history vote

If a bill approved - astoundingly, by a 91-1 vote - in the Ohio House of Representatives gets through the state Senate, government employers will be told to stop requiring job applicants to reveal their criminal histories.Under the measure, public employers could not ask about criminal ...

Freedom of information battle still being fought

Many newspaper journalists will have no trouble believing allegations Murray Energy Corp. is making in a lawsuit against the federal government. Much the same thing - and worse - happens to us all the time.Murray is suing the Department of the Interior and the Office of Surface Mining and ...

Let’s raise the Jolly Roger one more time

Baseball really is not supposed to be this way.One of the great beauties of the game is the premium it places on performance over time. While Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins should be recognized for winning this year's National League batting title with a .333 average, most baseball fans find ...

Some tips to keep you safe from fire

The best way to survive a house fire is to have a working smoke alarm.Fire departments across the country this week are recognizing Fire Prevention Week.The theme this year is: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every bedroom needs a smoke alarm.The National Fire Protection Agency reported half of ...

Time to pay attention to presidential race

As the season advances toward the first ballots in the 2016 primaries, one thing is for sure: Outsiders are already gaining votes from those with fat wallets.While GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he'll pay his own way until such time as he wins nomination and the party kicks in money, the ...

Forfeiture laws need to change

Few law-abiding resident of Ohio complain when they hear about assets being seized from criminals.But forcing a drug pusher to forfeit his new SUV is one thing. Seizing a car never used in illegal activity from someone who just happened to be related to a hoodlum is another.Asset forfeiture ...

Space exploration remains important

President Barack Obama's decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. NASA is just now beginning to develop a new system to send American astronauts into space and bring them back - without relying on ...