Editorials

Bellaire Can’t Afford Cleanup

At some point, someone may have to pay to clean up chemicals used in a Bellaire dry cleaning shop that has been closed for about 20 years. That “someone” should not be taxpayers in the village. During their meeting last week, Bellaire Village Council members discussed the old ...

Make Christmas Brighter for All

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Correcting Mess In Bridgeport

Bridgeport has been declared in a state of fiscal emergency by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which notes the village is seriously in arrears in paying back state loans. That means village government will have to operate under the oversight of a special state commission until it gets its ...

No Time of Day Safe From DUI

Drunk or drugged drivers are a late-night, weekend worry — or so the conventional wisdom goes. But a video released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows impaired driving happens all day, every day. In fact, only 30 percent of the arrests by the highway patrol for impaired driving came ...

Learning About Our Heritage

Here in the Mountain State, parents are accustomed to having to make other child-care arrangements when public schools are closed at short notice. It is impossible to do much advance planning for snowstorms. So Gov. Jim Justice’s action Tuesday, in declaring that schools would be closed ...

Use Education Money Wisely

State Board of Education members are considering changes in West Virginia’s public school funding formula. Needless to say, that has some educators in the 55 counties concerned. Board members have a variety of initiatives on which they would like to spend more money. They range from ...

Safeguarding The Elderly in W.Va.

One should take those national ranking stories with more than one grain of salt. Too often they are based on quick looks at statistics, not in-depth examinations needed to tell a story accurately. Still, a new report from the WalletHub organization is interesting. It looks at how well ...

Water, Sewer Tours Good

Before selling the municipal water and sewer systems to a private company, should they decide to pursue that course, St. Clairsville officials will have to take on a tougher “sell” — city residents. One big selling point is the age of the systems and the need for repairs and upgrades ...

Meyer Resignation Sends a Message

Urban Meyer is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Yet, at only 54 years of age, he is retiring from his post at Ohio State University. Why? In revealing Meyer’s plan to retire after his team plays in the Rose Bowl, OSU officials gave no reason. There has ...

Trying Again On Drug Abuse Crisis

Gov. Jim Justice had it right Monday in announcing a new campaign against drug abuse in West Virginia. During a visit to Huntington, which seems to have had some success in battling substance abuse, Justice announced a new executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy. He ...

Ensure Victims Not Affected Adversely

Moundsville City Council is on the verge of granting broad authority to the municipal fire department to bill insurance companies whenever firefighters respond to certain emergencies. First reading of an ordinance to that effect was held at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Precisely what ...

Plastic Bag Fees Not Good Idea

Plastic grocery bags have plenty of detractors, including, sometimes, customers. The environmentally conscious worry about them for a variety of reasons. But taxing them is no way to address concerns about plastic bags. Still, some large cities, ranging from San Francisco to Washington, ...

Punish Threat Culprit Harshly

Educators had to lock down Ayers Elementary School in Martins Ferry for a time Monday. City police went there to ensure the safety of children. Someone using social media had threatened specific children at the school, police Chief John McFarland explained. Later in the day, an arrest was ...

Budgeting For Video Cameras

Video cameras law enforcement officers and deputies can wear on their bodies or mount on cruiser dashboards have become critical pieces of equipment. Yet, all too often, purchasing them seems to rely on the generosity of the private sector. Just last week, the Marshall County Sheriff’s ...

Letting Public View Recording of Incident

Two West Virginia State Police troopers and a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy have been suspended while an alleged beating incident is investigated. That is being handled by three separate agencies. On the night of Nov. 19, a 16-year-old boy allegedly struck a sheriff’s department ...

Coordinating Transportation

A fine line exists between government helping coordinate private-sector services and dictating how they will be provided. Jefferson County commissioners are right to be leery of stepping over it. It has been eight years since the comprehensive public transportation plan for East Ohio has ...

Mobilizing Against Computer Threats

Threats to our security come in many forms, but among the least understood are those that occur in cyberspace. From our personal computers and smartphones all the way up to the server banks keeping hospitals running and those holding the secrets of the federal government, hackers can be as ...

Encourage Small Business Growth

If you manage a big business, chances are state officials will pay close attention when you tell them what it will take to convince you to bring new jobs to West Virginia. You can expect direct financial help, perhaps through a tax increment financing district. You can count on local and state ...

Leaving to Serve Us During the Holidays

As we in the Ohio Valley settle into the Christmas season, some of our neighbors, friends and co-workers have turned their backs on it, in many ways. The journey they began Saturday will take them to a place and among people who are about as far from the Christmas spirit as it is possible to ...

Health Care Still Major Challenge

Steubenville’s budget crunch could be Exhibit A in the case for real health insurance reform in the United States. Unfortunately, there is no prospect of it happening anytime soon. That leaves city officials — and their counterparts in other local municipalities and counties — stuck ...