Editorials

Technology Not Enough

The computer that can match the education skill of a good human teacher has not yet been made. We suspect it never will. Union Local School District officials and educators have taken an important step in recognizing that — and ensuring some students are not left behind because of ...

Helping Veterans With Surplus Items

Surely the Pentagon can spare a few old blankets and coats to help those who served our country in uniform. It doesn’t seem too much to ask. Another in a series of “Veteran Stand Down Resource Fairs” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10, at West Virginia Northern Community ...

Funding Delay Not Acceptable

Belmont County officials may have no choice but to borrow money to cover their share of repairs on roads damaged by flooding. At least their willingness to do that to get repair work moving indicates a sense of urgency. Apparently, the same cannot be said of state government. During ...

Drug-Dealing Doc Merited Long Term

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins’ was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at him ...

Questions Still Not Answered

It has been more than two months since Martins Ferry Board of Education members voted to place district Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave. Taxpayers still have not been told why that occurred. Meanwhile, she continues to draw a salary of nearly $90,000 a year, according to ...

Enforcing Sex Offender Laws

People convicted of sex offenses in both West Virginia and Ohio are required by law to have their names, pictures and other personal information listed on state registries. In both states, members of the public concerned about whether sex offenders live near them can check the registries ...

Healthy Weight Up to Individuals

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

Disclose Facts In Bishop Case

Most cases of sexual harassment are handled quietly and privately. If they occur in a workplace, the perpetrators are disciplined, sometimes fired. Only rarely, when someone files a lawsuit, are harassment situations made public. But the case we reported on page one needs to be dealt with in ...

Help Neighbors Via United Way

Helping our neighbors, even if they happen to live hundreds of miles away, is an Ohio Valley tradition. Another is supporting the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. Each year, thousands of men, women and children in our area benefit from services provided by agencies affiliated with the ...

Avoiding Big Costs in Future

During the next few weeks, Steubenville residents and business owners will find out just how expensive it is going to be for them to overcome years of neglect of water and sewer systems. While they are being told that, they should be asking what will be done to prevent a similar situation in ...

Settle Constitution Question in W.Va.

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Sheriff’s Budget Hike Necessary

Belmont County taxpayers would be right to be furious if they heard that almost any agency of local government had allowed its budget to explode upward by one-third during a two-year period. Elected and appointed officials are supposed to be penny-pinchers on behalf of their constituents, ...

Thanking Area’s First Responders

Residents of our area frequently go out of our way to thank our first responders — the men and women who work hard and stand ready to make enormous sacrifices to keep us safe. That is appropriate. Firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers and deputies earn our ...

Get Medicinal Marijuana Right

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Renew Harrison Library Funding

Libraries are not just books and periodicals anymore. They provide a variety of other services, ranging from internet access to children’s story hours. They are as indispensable as they were before the electronic age. For years, residents of Harrison County have recognized that by ...

Keep School Buses Safe

No doubt some local residents thanked the Lord Monday morning that an accident involving an Ohio County school bus was not more serious than was the case. It should not have occurred in the first place. At about 8 a.m., the bus and a gas industry truck collided on W.Va. 88 near West ...

‘Rail to Trail’ Will Need Maintenance

Barnesville residents, as well as anyone else in our region who enjoys a pleasant walk or bicycle ride, have reason to celebrate this week. A new “rail to trail” project in the Belmont County community appears to be close to becoming a reality. Village officials have been told of ...

Switch to Chlorine Tablets Good Idea

Soon, St. Clairsville residents and municipal employees will be just a bit safer, thanks to a change being made in how the city treats wastewater. Slightly more than a year ago, a few homes had to be evacuated for a time when chlorine gas leaked out of the wastewater treatment facility. ...

Housing Group Concern Valid

During their most recent meeting, Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority board members approved half a million dollars in payments and accepted their executive director’s resignation — all in six minutes. No wonder Jefferson County commissioners are concerned. JMHA administration has ...

Put Brakes On Traffic Cameras

One tool Bellaire police officers use to apprehend motorists breaking the law is special traffic cameras provided by a company called BlueLine Solutions. Village council members are being asked whether the practice should continue. Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan told council ...