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Editorials

Stop Spending On Old Buildings

Since 2015, before the current mayor and city council took office, Wheeling officials have been pouring money into four old buildings in the 1400 block of Market Street. It is time, one way or the other, to stop. Buildings at 1425, 1429, 1433 and 1437 Market Street were purchased by the ...

Traffic Cameras Are Not Popular

Ohio Valley residents just do not like the idea of “Big Brother” watching them — or their motor vehicles. Once again, voters in an East Ohio community have said no to use of cameras to catch speeders. East Liverpool officials had considered use of the cameras, but voters in a recent ...

Strategy for PEIA

Give West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee credit for reminding state officials that the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s long-term health remains shaky. “I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee told PEIA Finance Board members last ...

Money Spent Wisely At Benwood Pool

Benwood officials were right to take the $2 million plunge to rehabilitate the municipal swimming pool, where work is nearing completion. Initially, they had expected an $800,000 price tag for the project. A $400,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund made the plan a ...

Port Authority Plan Has Merit

Efforts to get the now-closed Crossridge Landfill in Jefferson County cleaned up have proved futile for years. One can understand, then, why officials at Greenway Reclamation in Garden City, New York, thought their business plan might appeal to area residents. Greenway has proposed doing ...

Really Investing In W.Va.’s Future

Despite all the talk about “investing” in West Virginia’s future, few acts of the Legislature do that. The unpleasant truth is that our state cannot afford all the “investment” we would like. But lawmakers took the plunge on a bill offering free tuition for some community college ...

Helping Others At Christmas

We reserve this space every Sunday for editorials we consider to be among the most important of the week to local residents. So it is today regarding a timely, critical issue. Christmas is coming. Throughout the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, compassionate people are working hard to help ...

Rethinking Plan For Better Schools

St. Clairsville-Richland School District officials misgauged public sentiment badly a little more than a year ago. Now, they seem to be taking a more realistic approach regarding repairs and improvements to school facilities. In November 2018, the district sought voter approval of a $79.9 ...

Being More Realistic About State Budget

Another monthly revenue report for West Virginia’s general fund budget has been prepared — and the situation is growing worse. At the end of October, revenue collections were $33 million behind what had been expected for that point in fiscal 2020. Now, with November numbers available, ...

Have We Become Complacent Again?

More than 3 million West Virginians and Ohioans are not old enough to have any recollections of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. As memories of that horrific day recede, our national commitment to stamping out Islamic extremism is fading, too. How much less is our ...

Avoid Buying ‘Pig in a Poke’

Wheeling City Council members seem determined to buy the proverbial pig in a poke, relieving its current owner of a potential liability and placing it on taxpayers’ shoulders. City officials should reconsider. An old warning about buying a pig in a poke, or bag, is that one does not know ...

Moving Forward In Steubenville

Money remains in short supply for Steubenville municipal officials. Though the city’s fiscal situation is better than just a few years ago, keeping the budget in balance remains a challenge. That is in part due to serious infrastructure challenges. So, is it smart for City Council ...

Cracker Plant Outlook Still Good

Sometimes, we in the Ohio Valley find ourselves understanding children in the back seats of our cars demanding to know, “Are we there yet?” For years, we have been on the road toward construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. We are not there yet. On Wednesday, Ohio ...

Target Monroe For Broadband

An understandable question most Monroe County residents may have about broadband access to the internet is, “What’s that?” Broadband access, taken for granted by many Americans, is close to non-existent in the county. It has the lowest availability of broadband service in Ohio, by ...

Keep Prescription Medicines Secure

We’ve all heard the warnings about keeping prescription drugs secure in our homes. But too often, we ignore them. Our children wouldn’t take and use potentially dangerous drugs out of our medicine cabinets. That may be what a Lewis County, W.Va., parent thought before Tuesday. On that ...

Benefits of I-68 Extension Clear

For years, some local leaders have promoted extension of Interstate 68 from its western terminus near Morgantown to connect with W.Va. 2 in Marshall County. In large measure because no funding source has been identified, the proposal has moved with the speed of cold molasses. But there has ...

Keeping Sex Assault Victims in the Loop

For many years, victims of sexual assault in both West Virginia and Ohio may have been unaware that little progress had been made in bringing their assailants to justice because physical evidence — rape kits — was sitting on shelves and not being tested. Both states have made enormous ...

Trust Lacking On Landfills

Scott Fabian, chairman of the board of the JB Green Team, is absolutely right about a proposal to reopen the Crossridge Landfill in Jefferson County. Should the firm proposing the action make a formal application on the landfill, it is entitled to due process. In other words, the plan by ...

Two-Year Colleges Offer Advantages

Apparently, there is some sort of stigma attached to two-year colleges. That may come as news to thousands of Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents. They see community or technical colleges as the wonderful opportunities they are. This week, The Associated Press reported that an ...

Capito Correct On Afghanistan

Many years of public service have convinced U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito that the most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, she and a small group of lawmakers did just that. They traveled to Afghanistan. There, Capito, R-W.Va., and ...