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Local Editorials

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 ...

Budget deficit critics can submit cuts now

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Taliban is waiting for Trump to make a move

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

DeWine, Whaley to be commended for efforts

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 ...

Parents can avoid vehicle related tragedies

We see far too many news reports about young children dying after being left unattended in cars. You wonder how any parent or caretaker could be so negligent. Sometimes parents rushing to get to work on too little sleep, or dealing with unusual distractions or personal situations, forget to ...

What about companies that hire illegal workers?

A small army of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recently surrounded seven food-processing plants in Mississippi, one by one, and arrested about 680 workers alleged to be in this country illegally. But as ICE continues processing the immigrants arrested in the raids, owners of ...

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Cancer Center opening We congratulate Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont for its completion of the new Lutz Cancer Center, which opens Monday. The $1.7 million project doubles the size of the existing cancer treatment space at the hospital. Further congratulations are in order to the ...

Police capture suspect after lengthy standoff

Police officers, as a class, are accused regularly of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a house with the intent of serving ...

Cannot help but ask: What is wrong with them?

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man in Ohio may be about to learn amassing an arsenal then talking about mass shootings isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be a ...

Money will be worth it if system can be fixed

The state of Minnesota has signed a $33.9 million deal with Fast Enterprises to replace the state’s chronically troubled MNLARS (Minnesota License and Registration System). Despite the expense, and despite kissing goodbye the more than $100 million the state spent trying to develop MNLARS, ...

Good neighbors can help protect each other

A comment about hate crime that is disturbing and, in a way, encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was home ...

These ag goals existed before ‘climate change’

Got a problem? Blame “climate change.” Sometimes it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its ...

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Will it do any good? Feeling compelled to “do something” about deadly gun violence in America, Congress now seems poised to approve expanded background check legislation. Purportedly this will prohibit more people with certain backgrounds — criminals, the insane — from buying guns. At ...

Gun control would not have stopped maniac

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage Wednesday was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as “full ...

What can be done about potential mass killers?

What comes out within hours or days of most mass killings, such as the recent tragedies in Dayton and El Paso, is that the murderers showed signs of homicidal tendencies long before they acted. Before police shot him to death Saturday, a 24-year-old man killed nine people and wounded 14 ...