Editorials

Hard look needed at student loans

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

Reports of Petty’s death raise issues

Tom Petty, a rocker with roots going back decades, died Monday at age 66. His loss was one felt across the world of rock music, from fans to fellow artists. He had a sound that was instantly identifiable, music that became ingrained in the mind after hearing a song just once, and a ...

Extend C.H.I.P. in clean funding bill

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

You can join the battle against breast cancer

It’s that time of the year in which the color pink can be seen just about everywhere. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are seeing pink ribbons in our schools and pinned to our sheriff’s deputies, pink T-shirts that area school athletes are donning and even pink confections at ...

Wellsburg comes alive with apples

For almost 40 years, the Wellsburg Applefest has been drawing people from throughout the Tri-State Area for its mix of food, crafts, entertainment and fun, and this year should be no different. The festivities will kick off for the 39th year Friday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town ...

Pens look ahead to another Cup

Can it really be that nearly four months have passed? It was late in the evening of June 11 that Tri-State Area fans last had the chance to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play, and the memories of that late spring evening remain fresh in our minds. We still can see Patric Hornqvist scoring ...

Gather facts on Las Vegas shooting

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. More than 50 people were killed and more than 300 were ...

Hugh Hefner lived on his own terms

Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner had a deep impact on the social direction of the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Though Playboy magazine has lost roughly 5 million in circulation since its peak in the 1970s, it was a pioneer at placing sex as a conversation topic in the ...

Issue 2 is just bad medicine

Issue 2 on the November election ballot in Ohio sounds good. But that is the problem with the so-called Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. It only sounds good. The proposal’s premise is that it would save taxpayers tons of money by requiring that state agencies and those receiving funds from the ...

Olympic countries must stand ground

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...