Opinion

No value for life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It wasn’t that long ago mass murder didn’t exist and you could safely walk down any street and hardly ever locked your doors. What changed and what is creating these worthless monsters of today? In the 1960s, most families attended church, stores were closed on Sunday, ...

Don’t forget about those who do hiring

Editorials

https://www.heraldstaronline.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpLaw enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem ...

Bipartisan effort the way to go

Editorials

Ohioans have a specific reason for concern about mass murderers. The current round of angst regarding them was sparked in part by the deaths of nine people in Dayton, at the hands of a deranged gunman who was prevented from killing even more by the swift action of police, who shot him ...

Weirton honorees made an impact

Editorials

Seven current and former residents joined the ranks of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame Sunday, and we offer each of them our congratulations. For the last 11 years, the hall of fame has worked to recognize residents who have found ways to contribute to the community through the ...

Time to move on highway corridor

Editorials

When you look at a proposed 160-mile highway project, 47 miles might not seem like a lot. But when completed, that overall length of highway — roughly 30 percent of the route — could be the key to increased economic growth across our region, according to the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor ...

Companies should be forced to pay

Editorials

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are ...” In reply, a sales representative for ...

DeWine’s proposals should be debated

Editorials

Gov. Mike DeWine wants Ohio legislators to consider new limits on firearms ownership. They include more background checks for gun buyers and potential power by courts to restrict access to weapons by those thought to be threats. It never hurts to talk about whether existing laws can be ...

A week of making some varied discoveries

Local Columns

There’s a scene from the movie “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet that came to mind for me this past week. It’s near the end of the movie when Rose, Winslet’s character, has been rescued, and she’s on board the Carpathia. It’s raining a bit, and she looks up ...

Many more questions

Local Columns

When it comes to looking for ways to prevent gun violence, state Sen. Frank Hoagland says he has a clear idea of where we should be heading. “We need to be proactive, instead of being reactive,” Hoagland, the Mingo Junction Republican, explained Wednesday morning. “We can’t do enough ...

Jefferson County Fair a chance to enjoy life

Editorials

A good, old-fashioned piece of Americana will be renewed for the 148th time this week at Friendship Park in Smithfield. It’s the Jefferson County Fair, and it continues to serve as a way of connecting what was good from days gone by with what’s good about today. It’s reassuring to ...