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Editorial: Beware of medical pitchmen

Television’s famed Dr. Mehmet Oz is under attack as a promoter of bogus cures. Fellow physicians want him fired from Columbia University’s medical faculty because he touts weird stuff like “reiki” — waving hands over...

Editorial: America’s sad lag in wellbeing

America is the world’s richest and most powerful nation — with many billionaires and enough nuclear warheads to exterminate humanity — but it trails behind in opportunity for decent lives for most citizens.


Editorial: On Iran, treaty is better than war

Around the world, at least nine nations have nuclear weapons. America and Russia lead, with more than 7,000 warheads each. Trailing far behind are Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Fear that Iran might create...

Editorial: Another racial police killing?

Once again, a white officer has killed an unarmed black man. This time, the Saturday shooting at Charleston, S.C., was filmed by a passer-by, who caught Officer Michael Slager firing eight bullets at the back of 50-year-old Walter Scott, who had been...

Editorial: A real mess behind the one Rolling Stone created

Sexual assaults on college campuses pose a godawful tangle — and the problem is worsened by the Rolling Stone fiasco. The magazine has retracted a dubious report about an alleged gang-rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. The...

Editorial: America’s sociological shift
Editorial: America’s sociological shift

The retreat of churchgoing in America — and its future political implications — will be analyzed by a national sociologist this week at the University of Charleston. Dr. Jessica Martinez of the Pew Research Center is to discuss...


Almost three-fourths of coal mined in the Central Appalachian Basin — chiefly southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky — is produced at a loss, Bloomberg News reports. It says coal corporations would incur enormous costs if they shut...

Editorial: Poverty, despair driving unwed pregnancy?

The good news is that unwed motherhood among American teens has dropped around half in the past two decades. But the bad news is that single U.S. girls remain eight times more likely to bear babies than teens in Switzerland, and three times more...

The Charleston Gazette: Remembering ‘industrial homicide’

Sunday is the fifth anniversary of a West Virginia tragedy — the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 miners.

The United Mine Workers called it “industrial homicide” — and several government probes...

Editorial: Sen. Harry Reid’s example

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada — injured and half-blinded by a New Year’s Day exercise accident — announced last week that he will retire from politics and not seek reelection next year.

His announcement...

Editorial: GDP track record
Editorial: GDP track record

Editorial: Thank God for Indiana
Editorial: Thank God for Indiana

An object lesson is happening in Indiana. At the behest of the conservative “religious right,” Republicans in Indiana’s legislature passed a “religious freedom” law that would let employers, landlords and businesses...

Editorial: Coal declines no matter who is in the White House

Politicians in West Virginia and Kentucky shout themselves hoarse claiming that the Obama administration’s enforcement of pollution laws is a “war on coal.” But here’s an irony:

Mine jobs in the Central Appalachian...

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