Editorials

Planning Better Future in Weirton

Weirton’s resources — and that includes those in the private sector as well as local government —are limited. That means a well-focused, coordinated approach to using them is important. That is the goal of those working on a new comprehensive plan for the city. It has implications for ...

How Much Do Spies Know About Us?

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of ...

Make Parking In Wheeling Easier

You park the car, get out and decide that because you have several things to do in downtown Wheeling, you’d better put some money into the parking meter. But you don’t have any coins in your pocket or purse. You realize your options are limited: Move the car, go to a store or bank that ...

Don’t Forget Basics on Budget

Not much has been heard for several days regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact Justice has ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To volunteers throughout the Ohio Valley — and the businesses that help them with cash and products — who hold “after-prom” activities after junior-senior proms at local high schools. The events include enjoyable activities for prom-goers and, beyond any doubt, keep them from from ...

Keep Students Safe on Buses

Thursday afternoon was one of those heart-stopping times for people who knew why the sirens just kept echoing off the hills around W.Va. 88 between West Liberty and Wheeling. No doubt, more than a few prayers were said. They were for students on a school bus that crashed about a mile south ...

Trim Spending In Ohio Budget

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says government spending will be put “under the microscope” to identify ways to cut the state’s two-year budget by $800 million. Let us hope so. One reason why state revenues are lagging is evidence Ohio taxpayers cannot afford to dig any deeper into their own ...

Democracy’s Death Spiral?

"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better. ... "People say, 'If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be ...

Protecting Mine Retiree Insurance

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families — some right here in the Ohio Valley — will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an ...

Ensuring Drillers Are Good Neighbors

At county Engineer Amy Zwick’s urging, Monroe County commissioners are taking steps to ensure the oil and gas drilling boom is a blessing, not a curse, to local residents. A variety of new requirements are being placed on drillers and those hauling equipment to and from well sites. In ...

Keep Up Good Work in Bellaire

Congratulations, Bellaire. Your school system is yours again. More than eight years of hard work and sacrifice have paid off in a school system state officials no longer view as a fiscal emergency. State supervision of the school district began in 2009, when it became apparent the system ...

Keep Teens Safe At Prom Time

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Adding Up Impact Of Taxes We Pay

Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other ...

Budget Cuts Would Have Been Devastating to Many in W.Va.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) touches the lives of every resident in the state, from birth to death and all stages in between. However, the budget proposed by the West Virginia Legislature and subsequently vetoed by Governor Jim Justice threatened the very ...

If You Don’t Like A Law, Change It

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Recognizing That Tax Cuts Can Bring In More Tax Revenue

“Drain the swamp.” It was one of President Trump’s most powerful messages on the way to victory. Shake up Washington, D.C. Break a few eggs to create a new omelet. Overturn the establishment. Well, hats off to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for doing some swamp draining when ...

Start Budget Talks Afresh

Gov. Jim Justice’s veto last week of a budget bill sent to him by the West Virginia Legislature may have prompted some frustrated lawmakers to adopt a “back to square one” attitude. Let us hope the governor’s position is that reasonable. During a press conference in which he had ...

Sparing Taxpayers Some of the Pain

Ohio County Board of Education members literally cannot tax themselves out of their looming fiscal problem. They deserve credit for not trying to do so. Decreased property values in the county mean the board’s property tax levy will not bring in as much money as it has during the past ...

Householder Did Much for County

For years in Belmont County, two words have been virtually synonymous: tourism and Householder. That era is coming to an end. For many years, Eugene “Doc” Householder, of Barnesville, served as executive director of the Belmont County Tourism Council. His involvement with the ...

Thinking Outside Box on Public Schools

Gov. Jim Justice seems intent on ensuring members of the West Virginia Board of Education understand public schools from the inside. That would explain his appointments to the board, most of which have been people with experience in the classroom and school administration. That makes one of ...