Local Editorials

Fracking has benefited the nation, its citizens

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

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Council finds consensus The Fairmont City Council did something remarkable this week on a divisive issue: it arrived at a unanimous decision. The council decided to ask its interim city attorney to work with city staff and the council to define the scope of an investigation and help recommend ...

Privatization without strings is not prudent

Before the so-called “subprime mortgage crisis” several years ago, two quasi-private entities with long names shortened by many to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac performed important roles in mortgage markets. They bought mortgages from private lenders, then sold them to investors. That helped ...

Follow advice of CDC

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

Remember who we are to honor memory of 9/11

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Fairmont wins grant; Apple Tree will open

Believe it or not, good things keep happening in Fairmont. Two more occurred Monday, first when it was announced that the city of Fairmont has received a $434,000 state grant to extend utility services to two new industrial sites at the intersection of I-90 and the fairgrounds road. Getting ...

‘Terrorist’ watchlist dangerous, unwieldy

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

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Focus on big picture Martin County commissioners this week gave conditional approval to CHS Inc. for a tax abatement sought by the company. The county wants the firm to create a staging area for trucks and to plant trees to help neighbors with privacy. CHS sounds amenable to the provisions, ...

Are Americans going to fall for this nonsense?

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and disrupt the upcoming presidential election. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided Democratic ...

Democratic contenders would ban fossil fuels?

Americans are renowned worldwide for their ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the ...

Horrors of Tiananmen Square may occur again

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Attorneys general look to take on ‘robocalls’

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to “robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

‘Institutional’ racism? We don’t think so, Joe

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. Racism does exist and we all would be better off without it. No form of bigotry, including the anti-Semitic comments made by a few members of ...

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CHS plans advancing The CHS soybean-processing facility in Fairmont is an ag-industrial business, and Fairmont is lucky to have it in its industrial park, a site intended for such facilities. The City Council this week approved a tax abatement request by CHS, which plans a $100 million ...

Sanders’ plan offers hallucinatory economics

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Didn’t he promise not to create more division?

Well, that didn’t last long. On July 22, Fairmont City Council member Tom Hawkins made a statement to the community saying he would not advance any more issues that would cause division on the council. The main “issues” in question had been his efforts to oust the city attorney and city ...

Audit will end at least one conspiracy theory

Every town has its conspiracy theorists, who sit at the cafe, the bar or in front of their computers and share their innuendoes. Ninety-nine times out of 100 this is about their ignorance, meanness or some 20-year-old perceived slight they are trying to avenge. The exception is the one time ...

Veterans, citizens deserve better answers

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., it has been ...

Some contenders now reject ‘Medicare for all’

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for all” is ...

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Move ahead, get it done Martin County commissioners this week held an important discussion about a possible tax abatement for CHS Inc., which would like to invest $100 million in its Fairmont plant. We understand the county must conduct due diligence, but we are shocked by the negativity that ...