Opinion

Move Slowly On School Closings

Editorials

Board of education members are expected to do the best they can to provide good schools for our children — while staying within a budget. That can force them to make decisions they would rather avoid. So it is with Brooke County school board members, who have agreed to close three ...

Giving Back More Than You Take

Editorials

People who receive major awards for service to their communities invariably have done great things in that regard. But one of them, this year’s winner of the Wheeling YMCA Dr. Lee Jones Patron of Youth-Light of the Valley Award, adds to that an extensive portfolio of helping ...

Speed Federal Aid to Our Area

Editorials

Thousands of people in our region of West Virginia were harmed, some severely, by flash flooding in late July. Many still need help and will for months, perhaps years, to come. With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump can get some of that aid flowing from the federal ...

Hall Excellent Pick As Aide to Justice

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he has named state Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, as his new chief of staff. From the standpoint of dealing with the state budget, it would have been difficult for the governor to make a better selection. Hall is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, ...

Guard Against Future Leaks

Editorials

Two serious chemical leaks within two weeks at St. Clairsville’s wastewater treatment plant constitutes an emergency. Just two weeks ago, a sulfur dioxide leak at the plant forced evacuations of some people living near it. Personnel from several fire departments responded. Then Monday, ...

Don’t Blame Police For Violence in Va.

Editorials

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Keeping Public Safe in Mingo

Editorials

Speeding tickets and fines are supposed to deter people from driving recklessly. Using the system as an ATM machine for local governments rubs quite a few people the wrong way. Mingo Junction officials have been asked to consider a contract with Blue Line Solutions, a company in the ...

Keep U.S. Military Out of Venezuela

Editorials

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Preventing Riots At Demonstrations

Editorials

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Bigotry Intolerable

Editorials

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds ...

Restraints on Spending Are Imperative

Editorials

If you thought the recent fight over health-care reform was fun, get ready for the next big Washington circus: raising the debt ceiling. In October of 2015, Congress chose to avoid the usual fight over setting a symbolic debt target by agreeing to waive any limit on the debt for 17 months, ...

Taking Even Part of a Gun to NYC Can Get You Arrested

Editorials

Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don’t. Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable. Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection. Jordan obeyed all the Transportation ...

Above Average Not Good Enough

Editorials

With release of standardized test scores for county school districts still a few weeks away, we already are hearing the same boast we did last year: Our scores are above state averages. Not good enough. On average, public school students in West Virginia perform far below most of their ...

Local Government Cooperation Key

Editorials

A few bits of news last week may have seemed to fall into the “feel good” category, and they were that, but also much more. They were a preview of the local government future in our region. About a week ago, we told you about the Belmont County villages of Bethesda and Belmont, which ...

Turn in Dealers With Fentanyl-Laced Drugs

Editorials

We suspect most Ohio Valley residents got past the stage of believing drug abuse was someone else’s crisis years ago. It is not. It has reached the epidemic stage right here, as a story in the Saturday newspaper made clear. During a three-hour period on Aug. 3, emergency responders in ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To all who have given money, goods or labor to help victims of two severe flash floods last month. Especially to A&B Kia in Benwood, which last week presented a $100,000 flood relief check to McMechen Mayor Greg Wolfe. - To Dr. Patricia McCreary of Wellsburg, who has donated $100,000 ...

Desiring Diversity Often Demanding Conformity

Editorials

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, ...

Chicago Politicians’ Values Solely About Their Power

Editorials

Before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel feuded with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over federal immigration policy, before sanctuary city politics and long before Donald Trump became president, a man they didn’t know was standing at a street corner in Chicago. Dennis McCann, an insurance ...

Covering Up Scandal In Congress

Editorials

Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s tax dollars subsidized ...