Opinion

Thoughts on our world

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Some random thoughts: ¯ Mother Nature’s answer to climate change deniers — Harvey hits Texas and Irma hits Florida, displacing millions and costing billions. Enough said. ¯ The necessity of micromanagement of America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and others in ...

Statue motives are questioned

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent removal of monuments of Confederate icons that had been erected primarily in states that had seceded from the United States of America to form their own nation, known as the Confederate States of America, waging a very bloody and destructive war against our beloved ...

Parents need to be firm

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Have you ever had a repast at a fine restaurant ruined because of a child carrying on incessantly — shrieking, bawling and yelling without restraint? Just as you are poised to savor a delectable morsel your ears are pierced by another upsetting shriek. You look about for ...

Where are you in your life today?

Local Columns

Whatever position in life God has for us is important. He needs no working on it. Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?” If your position is everywhere, your momentum is zero. If you’re here, there and everywhere, you’ll ...

Safety belts do protect lives

Editorials

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Stay safe as you enjoy homecoming

Editorials

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to go enjoy the company of their friends, as well as family and alumni who come to the events that ensure, regardless of ...

Hancock County shines with fair

Editorials

There is certain to be some oldtime fun found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history ...

Move carefully on teacher certification

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...