Editorials

Local newspapers are under attack

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by an unnecessary tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Ohio. Simply put, Ohio’s newspapers cannot ...

Events celebrate the life of King

Area residents are continuing the commemoration of a great man’s life and legacy, as residents of the Tri-State Area honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. in events in downtown Steubenville. Pupils, parents, business leaders, city leaders, senior citizens and others have the chance to come ...

Outside agitators not needed in Iran

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

W.Va. still in need of change in tax structure

Critics of the process of making West Virginia more welcoming to job creators sometimes accuse reformers of promising too much. This improvement or that one did not result in an economic renaissance, they say, so why should Mountain State residents do more? No one ever said remaking the ...

W.V.a. should maintain P.R.O.M.I.S.E. efforts

With the very worst education attainment level in the nation, West Virginia simply must encourage more young people to go to college or career school. Making higher education more affordable is a key to that. Since 2002, the Mountain State has funded the P.R.O.M.I.S.E. scholarship program for ...

Tax bill should not hurt charities

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

We support those who seek freedom

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

North Korea’s not slowing down

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Muzzling speech a slippery slope

Twitter has announced it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or do not ...

Let’s improve railroad safety

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...