Opinion

Protect Those Who Protect Us

Editorials

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Fortunately, Bruzzese is back at work while he continues to recover. But even while he was lying in a hospital bed, ...

Standards Lower For Government

Editorials

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Use Tax Relief to Create New Jobs in America

Local Columns

By Joe Eddy It’s been decades since America said goodbye to cassette tapes and mullet haircuts. But the tax policies of the 1980s are still with us. We all know change is long overdue. October 6, was Manufacturing Day, when 600,000 students, parents, teachers and others visited local shop ...

Think Really Big In School System

Editorials

Ohio County schools officials got good news last week. They will be receiving as much as $500,000 a year in new revenue. Just how good the news is depends on what is done with the money. New revenue will come in the form of property taxes paid on the Ohio Valley Medical Center. During ...

Collecting Child Support Payments

Editorials

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Getting Road, Bridge Projects as Promised

Editorials

Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area. Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to W.Va. 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

∫ To Gary West, who donated $250,000 to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, to help fund new bleachers at the J.B. Chambers Memorial Recreation Park in East Wheeling. And to the J.B. Chambers Memorial Foundation, which contributed $60,000 to the project. ∫ To members of ...

Feeling Good While Not Doing Good

Local Columns

By all means, let’s have an Indigenous Peoples Day observance in the United States. It’s long overdue. OK. Now, let’s move on to the next politically correct cause, raise hell about something else, and pat ourselves on the backs for — you guessed it — resisting. Oops. Forgot to ...

Reacting Slowly To Drug Crisis

Editorials

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Are We Out of Ideas in W.Va.?

Local Columns

Apparently, our state’s top leaders believe the only way to bring prosperity to West Virginia is to borrow $1.6 billion to build a lot of new roads, providing only temporary jobs, many of which will go to out-of-state residents. And we wonder why so many of our fellow Americans think ...

OUE’s 60 Years Worth Celebrating

Editorials

Among the many reasons local residents should be grateful for Ohio University Eastern is one statistic about the school: Nearly one-third of those enrolled at OUE are first-generation college students. The OUE community is celebrating a milestone. This year is the institution’s 60th. It ...

Scared Of My Shadow

Local Columns

It was the scariest place on earth when you were 10 years old. Even with your big brother and sisters walking next to you, it was the kind of experience that made for nightmares. Haunted houses are all the rage these days with one of the neatest ones located at the former state penitentiary ...

Reducing Infant Mortality in Ohio

Editorials

Reducing infant mortality has proven to be a challenge in Ohio, with little or no progress made during the past five years. And, though statistics have to be interpreted with great caution, there is reason to believe Jefferson County residents should be more worried than many of their ...

Using Common Sense on VA Rules

Editorials

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding ...

Scandal at VA Goes Unpunished

Editorials

How should a Department of Veterans Affairs manager who defrauded the government, took chances with veterans’ health care, then devised a coverup be punished? You may have some ideas about that. The federal government’s answer? Counseling. As we reported Tuesday, one of U.S. Rep. David ...

Devising New Carbon Plan

Editorials

Radical environmentalists sometimes defend their stance by pointing out some large utilities support a shift away from coal-fired electric generation, in favor of so-called alternatives such as wind and solar power. But not everyone in the business agrees with the war on coal waged by former ...

Getting Target Off Our Backs

Editorials

Sierra Club officials, who likely speak for most environmental extremists, believe withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be “a double whammy for our communities: It will result in increased rates of respiratory illness and premature death while worsening climate ...

Get Politics Out Of Redistricting

Editorials

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Clean Up Your Act, Hollywood

Editorials

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

How Did Weinstein Get Away With It?

Editorials

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood ...