Editorials

Get Integrity Plan in Place

When West Virginia legislators decided earlier this year to set the groundwork for legalized sports betting, they moved like racehorses. In their haste, they stumbled, enacting a flawed bill. Monday’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a federal ban on sports betting makes ...

Officers, Deputies Earn Our Praise

Law enforcement officers are people, too. A picture we published Thursday illustrated the point. It shows 4-year-old Anna Pugh sitting with her father during an event the previous evening. Occasionally, she leaned against him and looked up at him. It was clear, our reporter noted, that she ...

Anti-Coal Forces Beaten by Truth

City officials and environmental hardliners apparently were counting on anti-coal hysteria to carry the day for them this week. Fortunately, they ran into a federal judge more concerned with the truth. In 2013, Oakland officials approved construction of a new terminal to load cargo onto ...

Continue Help With Cleanup

Mayor David Smith and Bridgeport Village Council members who voted to end a popular municipal program are right to be concerned about requiring people who do not use the service to help pay for it. But many in the community rely on it and would be willing to pay at least something to continue ...

Don’t Be Fooled By N. Korea Threat

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his ...

Redefining Fun, Minus Alcohol

Despite television, movies and an aggressive effort by alcoholic beverage companies to target younger folks by insisting a good time is not a good time until someone breaks out the booze, most adults reach a point in their lives where they realize alcohol is not necessary for leading a fun, ...

Holding College Costs Down Vital

Members of West Virginia Northern Community College’s Board of Governors are searching for a new president for the institution. Near the top of their list of requirements should be someone tight-fisted with money. WVNCC President Vicki L. Riley plans to retire from her post June 30. Brann ...

Analysts, Politicians Wrong About W.Va.

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead-up to the primary election here. They do not. Plenty of know-it-alls both inside and outside the state decided before the election that Don ...

Funding New Animal Shelter

Animal lovers throughout the Ohio Valley can sympathize with Monroe County Dog Warden Rhonda Piatt. For more than a decade, Piatt has been attempting to get a new animal shelter built for her county. Now, it appears her efforts may be rewarded with success. Though the shelter passes ...

Look Into PEIA Network Rules

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. ...

Bringing Elk Back To West Virginia

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near ...

Get Bridgeport Books in Order

It appears Bridgeport officials are taking bookkeeping shortcomings more seriously than a state auditor’s report may seem to reflect. If so, good. Last week, village officials were notified by state Auditor Dave Yost’s office that the villages financial records are “unauditable.” ...

Clinton Right On North Korea Talks

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Drug Firms Bear Substantial Blame

No wonder U.S. Rep. David McKinley told drug company executives last week that, “The fury inside me right now is bubbling over.” McKinley, R-W.Va., is part of a congressional subcommittee that grilled top executives from some of the nation’s biggest drug distributors concerning their ...

Get Those Political Signs Removed Soon

Most candidates for public office in last week’s elections appear to have done the right thing. Win or lose, they and their supporters have been out removing the political signs they placed during the past several weeks. Good for them. At election time, political signage is an important ...

Steubenville Parks Plan Is Necessary

No local government official likes to shut down a recreational area, but sometimes it is necessary for the good of all concerned. Such appears to be the case in Steubenville. There, city council members plan to act on a recommendation by the Board of Parks and Recreation to close four ...

Improving Ohio County Schools

Ohio County voters have proven to be reliable supporters of public schools for decades. In return, they ask only that they be able to rely on education officials to use taxpayers’ money as wisely as possible to accomplish the greatest good possible for our children. On Tuesday, voters ...

Base Decision On Facts, Not Opinion

Proponents of two-way traffic on Main and Market streets in downtown Wheeling say changing the current one-way pattern would be safer for pedestrians. But a 15-page report on the proposal, prepared by an engineering firm, cites no sources for the contention. And the report, presented during ...

Hold Premiums Low as Possible

You won’t hear much criticism of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation these days. But are things going too well at the BWC? One always hears complaints from injured workers that they did not get fair shakes from workers’ compensation programs. Still, it appears the number ...

No Abuser Can Be Above the Law

For some time, we wondered in print why sexual predators such as former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got away with their misdeeds for so long, when their crimes seemed to be open secrets. It may be that something of an answer is being provided by Eric Schneiderman, who just resigned his ...