Editorials

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UP: To Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for having the political courage to risk the wrath of the National Rifle Association and offer a common-sense compromise on the gun bill. The bill, which failed to receive the 60 votes neccesary in the Senate, would have required ...

Gun Vote

If anyone was searching for an act of courage on Wednesday, the chamber of the U.S. Senate was not the place to look.There, a minority of senators again, bending to distortions of the National Rifle Association, voted against a common sense measure that could help keep guns out of the hands of ...

Minimize Dangers

Two men - including a Marietta resident - have died from injuries suffered in an explosion last week at the Twin Hickories natural gas compressor station near Wick, in Tyler County. A third worker was injured in the blast, but no information has been released on his condition.Modern gas and oil ...

Cowardly Act

We have been warned hundreds of times since the days following Sept. 11, 2001, that another terrorist attack in the United States was not only likely, but inevitable.It has happened again.Monday, on what is quite possibly the most festive day of the year in Boston-Patriots Day-two bombs ...

Tax Freedom Day

Now that you have completed your federal income tax return-and you have, we hope, because it was due to be filed yesterday-you have a few moments to reflect on taxes in general.According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, it is taking you longer than in the past to pay your taxes.Each year the ...

Good Balance

Facing a substantial increase in the cost of the Medicaid program, along with revenue lagging behind projections, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin began months ago to take action to keep the West Virginia government budget in balance. He ordered most state agency heads to plan for 7.5 percent spending ...

Buckwild

Even critics would have to admit that "Buckwild," the "reality television" program that debuted this year, was a runaway hit. While not reaching the ratings zenith of "Jersey Shore," the show "Buckwild" replaced, the network was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt the best was yet to come-in ...

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UP: To Belpre Volunteer Fire Department chief Bob Frank, who announced this week he will be retiring on May 31. During this past week at the Belpre City Council meeting, council president Will Neff announced the 40-year veteran of the fire department had turned in his resignation letter. Frank ...

Gaming

In bits and pieces, full-scale legalized gambling came to West Virginia during a period of about 26 years. It started with a ticket-based state lottery and moved slowly but surely up to flashy, Las Vegas-style casinos with table gambling and thousands of "video lottery" machines in bars, stores ...

Prison Overcrowding

Unless state officials reduce overcrowding in prisons and jails, a federal judge probably will order them to do so.State prisons are packed with hundreds of inmates more than they were designed for and, as a result, some have been housed in regional jails. Now they, too, are over capacity.In ...

Buckwild’s Future

MTV television network officials have suspended work on the upcoming season of the "reality" show "Buckwild." Good. Let's hope they think about the message being sent by the program."Buckwild," focusing on the lives of several devil-may-care young West Virginians, was a hit during its first ...

The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher led Britain for more than 11 years with a firm, guiding hand that earned her the name "The Iron Lady." However, by the time she stepped down in 1990, Great Britain had been returned to its place as one the most powerful and economically viable nations in Europe.Thatcher, 87, ...

Obamacare

It may seem to some Americans that new revelations of what "Obamacare" - the national health care takeover law - will cost have become a regular feature of news reports.Most recently, a study indicated the law will force millions of Americans to pay substantially more for their health ...

‘Viable Fetus’

Americans concerned about the ease with which abortions can be obtained, not to mention government subsidies for some organizations that provide them, have warned for years that such changes in our society might lead to the crossing of a terrible line - to infanticide.That is killing a baby ...

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UP: To Sen. Joe Manchin and others here who are working to keep the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport's air traffic control tower open. The tower was one of 149 across the country ordered closed because of automatic sequestration cuts. Airport officials say the closing creates a danger because ...

Targeting Officers

Wednesday's shooting death of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum sent shockwaves that traveled far beyond Williamson. Crum, who took office in January, was shot at point-blank range as he sat in his patrol car eating his lunch in Williamson.A suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, was later ...

Healthy Step

Because of West Virginia's high ranking for obesity and the related health issues this condition causes for residents, the River City Runners and Walkers Club's annual running and walking clinic is a breath of fresh air.The clinic, now in its 26th year for beginning runners and its sixth for ...

Putting on the Brakes

West Virginia taxpayers should not be subsidizing the electric vehicle industry, which ought to be allowed to prosper or wither on its own merits.Yet for the past few years, we have been doing just that-through a $7,500 income tax credit for purchasers of hybrid and all-electric cars and ...

Primary Offense

Use of seat belts by motorists and their passengers can prevent deaths and limit injuries in accidents. Studies involving thousands of car and truck crashes affirm that.West Virginia law requires anyone in the front seat of a vehicle and those under 18 regardless of where they are to wear seat ...

Lifesavers

After killing two West Virginia state troopers last fall near Charleston, a drug-crazed man was cornered by Roane County sheriff's deputies. He managed to shoot one of them, too, but the deputy survived."He's going to be fine," Roane County Sheriff Mike Harper said of his deputy. "He took one ...