Editorials

Outrageous

For three years or so, we have been warning the new national health care law - Obamacare - would devastate the Medicare program on which millions of older Americans rely. Liberal politicians and interest groups said we were lying.But the government finally is admitting Obamacare will cut ...

Preventing Abuses

West Virginia and Ohio are among nine states targeted by our neighbors to the north and east in another attempt to burden our people with higher electric bills and our industries with job-killing new regulations.Here we go again.West Virginia and Ohio, along with Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, ...

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UP: To the PM Co.'s sixth annual Spirit of Giving fundraising event that raised $33,660. The money, $16,830 donations from guests matched 1-1 by the PM Co., will be split by eight charities in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In six years, the Spirit of Giving event has raised more than $130,000 for ...

Wasting Money

In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn't even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budgets.But out here in the hinterlands, $1 million is still thought of as big money.U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and ...

Lighting Up

About one in five West Virginia high school students smokes cigarettes regularly. As bad as that sounds - and it is distressing - it is good news, in a way.Results of the annual "youth tobacco survey" conducted by the state Department of Health and Human Resources indicate 18.6 percent of high ...

Christmas Spirit

While the Christmas season is supposed to be a time of peace and joy, we all know it often becomes several weeks of stress. Rushing around in traffic, navigating crowded stores, standing in long checkout lines with other stressed out shoppers and clerks can make it hard to remember the true ...

Good Choice

When West Virginia University President Jim Clements announced he was leaving to become president of Clemson University, WVU's Board of Governors faced a dilemma. The search for a permanent successor is expected to take until next fall. In the interim, progress made at WVU cannot be allowed to ...

Precautions

The holiday season brings big crowds looking for Christmas bargains in stores and malls. The season also brings out another type of shopper - one looking for bargains found by other shoppers.These are, of course, thieves who take advantage of the hustle and bustle of the shopping season and use ...

Mandela

It is very seldom the death of one person can unite the entire world in mourning.Nelson Mandela was such a person.The revered South African leader died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. He had been in ill health for some time.Mandela was one of the seismic figures in ...

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UP: To the people who will take a few moments today to remember this is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, nearly crippled the U.S. Pacific fleet and left 2,402 killed and 1,247 wounded. Today fewer and ...

Losing Trust

Half-truths as well as outright lies have become all President Barack Obama has to defend his Obamacare health insurance takeover.Clearly, the president is stalling the American people, hoping they will believe his claims about Obamacare until it is too late to repeal the program.That already ...

Keeping Tabs

Thank Heaven someone finally noticed something was wrong when a 52-year-old Charleston man made multiple trips to Sardis, Ohio, to pick up a 14-year-old girl - then took her back across the Ohio River to a New Martinsville motel, where the the pair had sex.Last week the man, Mark Loring Dawson, ...

Helping the Homeless

About 3,000 people will not go to bed in their own homes tonight in West Virginia, because they don't have homes. Decades of efforts by state and federal governments have failed to eliminate the problem of homelessness.In truth, the homeless problem cannot be completely eliminated. Of those ...

Worth Considering

No rational, compassionate West Virginian wants government to do anything that might encourage people to abuse drugs. So a proposal aimed at reducing the number of people who die of drug overdoses needs to be viewed with extreme caution.It may be that the idea should be given a long, hard look, ...

Two-Party Government

It should not have come as a surprise to those who have watched West Virginia. Delegate Ryan Ferns that he decided to leave the Democrat Party and become a Republican. His approach of ignoring what party leaders wanted in order to do what he felt was best for West Virginia residents made such a ...

Adequate Minimum

West Virginia legislators should continue looking into a proposal they increase minimum requirements for vehicle insurance in the state - but they need more information before proceeding.State law requires motorists must carry insurance with specified minimum coverages. Currently, they are ...

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UP: To all the people who volunteered their time out of their own holiday to help serve Thanksgiving meals at the various locations in our area. This caring and giving attitude makes our area a good place to live. And a special thanks should go to Salvation Army co-officers Lt. Erik Henry and ...

Black Friday

Even though many of us have been listening to holiday music in stores since the end of October, today marks the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season.Given the somewhat ominous moniker of "Black Friday," it actually means when businesses make enough sales they end the year with a ...

Thanksgiving

The story of the first Thanksgiving Day is one every elementary school-aged child knows. In the early 17th century, the Pilgrims, fleeing religious persecution in their native England, first settled in Holland before deciding to continue the journey across the Atlantic Ocean onboard the ...

Needed Law

West Virginia is one of just five states that have no restrictions on ownership of exotic animals - tigers, bears, cobras and the like.That could be setting us up for a repeat of what happened near Zanesville, Ohio, about two years ago.There, as many people remember, the owner of an exotic ...