Editorials

Sticking With Students-First

Brooke County interim school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook is holding his cards close to the vest — but he appears to have the kind of hand that may be a winner for students. Crook spoke briefly during a “leadership social” held Thursday. It included school, community and government ...

Put Customers, Experts on Panel

Discussion over what to do with St. Clairsville’s water and sewer systems is likely to boil over into quite a controversy. One way to at least temper it is to ensure everyone has a proverbial seat at the table. There has been talk of selling the water/sewer system to a private company. City ...

Pursue Change In Election Dates

A sensible change being suggested by Weirton City Council members may run into obstacles, it was suggested during a public meeting Wednesday on proposed municipal charter amendments. That may be the case, but council should continue looking into the matter. Weirton voters are being asked to ...

Rabies a Threat To Humans, Pets

For many years, rabies was a threat that seemed remote to many residents of our area. But, like so many of the hazards nature throws at us, it has always been present. Rabies may be making a comeback. A week ago, local health officials revealed that a raccoon found in the ...

Setting Road Work Priorities

Pity the Division of Highways officials from throughout West Virginia who have been given a tough assignment by Gov. Jim Justice. They have been told to prepare what amount to wish lists for secondary road repairs in each of the 55 counties. Justice issued the mandate during a Tuesday ...

Visit May Dispel Some Stereotypes

One wonders what good will come from inviting officials of the Council for American-Islamic Relations to visit the West Virginia Capitol. Still, the invitation has been extended and CAIR has accepted. A few weeks ago, during the state Legislature’s regular annual session, West Virginia ...

Dump Costly City Service

Some members of Steubenville City Council apparently thought it might be a good idea to expand the municipal waste disposal business for commercial customers, until they got a look at the numbers. Now, sentiment seems to favor dumping that service entirely. On Tuesday, municipal Finance ...

Build Monument At Old Mill Site

For generations, ours was a steelmaking valley. One could drive for many miles in the Northern Panhandle or East Ohio without being out of sight of a mill or its smokestack for long. And the mills were good to us in many ways. They helped build entire communities. Directly and indirectly, ...

Leadership May Boost Economy

Engaging voters in the democratic process has become a critical challenge in ensuring our liberties-based form of government persists into the future. West Virginia is a national leader in one aspect of that work. Our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a recognized national leader in both ...

If Toyota Likes Us, Others May Follow

Speaking of high-technology jobs — as we West Virginians do, frequently — how about the announcement from Toyota Motors? The company has announced it is expanding its plant in Putnam County. That will create 123 new jobs. More than 20 years ago, when Toyota decided to build the Putnam ...

Predator Priests Were Protected

Severe, inexcusable lapses in judgment ­­— and a clear failure to prioritize the welfare of children — have occurred in the Roman Catholic Church over a period of generations. Pressure from parishioners and the public has forced the church to reveal the names of many predator priests ...

Hearing Opinions On Better Schools

West Virginia legislators will convene an extraordinarily important special session, on improving public schools, sometime during the next couple of months. Before doing so, they and those in the education community want to learn how the public feels about the issue. To that end, the state ...

Give Paden City Federal Assistance

Water quality experts and Paden City officials say the health risks of a contaminant in the municipal water system are minimal. “It poses no major threat at this time,” Mayor Clyde Hochstrasser told our reporter. Still, something needs to be done about the contamination, and ...

Making Clean Coal A Green New Deal

Regardless of what you may hear from leftist members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable ...

Finding New Ways to Save

Government at all levels seems to be addicted to annual increases in spending. It is good news, then, that the municipal budget on which Wheeling City Council is to vote today is slightly less than for the current year. Spending for the fiscal year that ends June 30 is budgeted at ...

Giving East Ohio A Bigger Share

No doubt, lawmakers who represent this region in the Ohio General Assembly disagree on some things. One is a Democrat and two are Republicans, after all. But on one issue, they agree: East Ohio does not get a share of revenue from the state severance tax adequate to compensate for damage ...

Converting Old Court Building

It would be difficult to find a thoughtful person acquainted with the old Centre Market building in Wheeling who would argue it has not been a big asset to the city. The historic structure is a hub of business — and has helped attract new shops on adjacent blocks. Steubenville officials ...

DeWine Drug Approach Good

Ohioans may remember that while serving as the attorney general, Mike DeWine said of the drug abuse epidemic: “We can’t arrest our way out of this.” Now, DeWine is governor and he wants to put the state’s money where his mouth is — with a well thought-out, comprehensive campaign ...

Examining Finances In Brooke Schools

Brooke County public education officials do not seem especially concerned that the school system has been placed on a “financial watch list” by the state Department of Education. During a school board meeting last week, Superintendent Jeffrey Crook exlained the action was due primarily to ...

Creating Problem Down the Road?

The kind of shell game Gov. Jim Justice is engaged in as he tries to convince West Virginians prior to the 2020 election that he is repairing “the damn roads” may fill in some potholes and correct a few slips — but at what cost? Justice said last week he has a strategy to come up with ...