Editorials

Keeping W.Va. Public in the Dark

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Reducing Deaths Among Ohio Babies

Among new Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s top priorities is ensuring more children live past infancy. Too many in the Buckeye State don’t make it. On average each year, six non-Hispanic white children out of every 1,000 live births in Ohio die before their first birthdays. That is the ...

Giving Gift of Life

Predictions are that the weather Monday will be quite unpleasant. But there is a way you may be able to put a little sunshine into someone’s life — and perhaps save it — that day. From 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. that day, the 33rd annual Ohio Valley Media Blood Donor Day will be held ...

When Will Last Bigot Be Gone?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be around for the very last MLK March for Justice in Wheeling? The day on which a group of people gather for the event, talk for a few minutes, and conclude there’s no need to march — because the last bigot has passed away? Well, we can all dream, can’t ...

Trust in Brooke Board Is Crucial

Public education in Brooke County is a mess. That is a strong word, but the diagnosis is reinforced by what has happened during county board of education meetings during the past few months. Unless this gets cleared up quickly, the backlash may harm students in Brooke County schools. It has ...

New Attitude On Court Important

West Virginia Supreme Court justices seem to have learned a lesson from last year’s impeachment summer. Let us hope they resist a recurrence of the arrogance — and that is the word for it — that caused the problem. Two of the court’s five members were forced out of office after they ...

Learning From Ohio Experience

Bright and early Wednesday morning, Joan Caleodis of Martins Ferry earned the distinction of being the first person in modern times to purchase marijuana legally in Ohio — at least, in the eyes of state officials. The substance remains illegal under federal law. But Caleodis was not ...

Cracking Down On Medicaid Fraud

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey may have the right idea in asking lawmakers to transfer jurisdiction of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Unit to his office. Right now, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources oversees the unit. Morrisey argues his office can do a ...

Keep W.Va. 2 Plans on Track

Gov. Jim Justice’s suggestion that some funds earmarked for “Roads to Prosperity” highway and bridge projects could be diverted to handle secondary road maintenance already has been criticized by some. As we have pointed out, West Virginia voters who approved the $1.6 billion Roads to ...

We Need the Money Right Here at Home

Three members of the House of Delegates — none from the Northern Panhandle, we are pleased to note — are suggesting an idea that falls squarely into the category of hare-brained. Delegates Caleb Hanna, R-Webster; Carl Martin, R-Upshur; and Patrick Martin, R-Lewis, are preparing a bill ...

Helping to Fill Empty Buildings

Owners of some of the many vacant, deteriorating structures in the Ohio Valley have simply given up on them. Others lack the resources to rehabilitate the buildings. Steubenville Councilman Scott Dressel is right that local government ought to try to help. This week, Steubenville City ...

Try Being Role Model at Games

For generations, parents and grandparents have pointed to the youth they are raising and bemoaned the failings of “today’s youth.” The problem with such criticism, of course, is that those young people are often simply following the example that has been set by their elders. A prime ...

Independent Probe Is Vital

It is unacceptable for a public official to attempt to intimidate a critic of government at any level, including a local school system. Brooke County Board of Education members need to get to the bottom of a complaint that such an attempt was made. Accomplishing that to the public’s ...

Johnson Suggests Shutdown Solution

At first glance, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s idea to end the partial shutdown of federal government and address concerns about illegal immigration may sound, well, a bit wild and crazy. But in the context of the theatrics that already have occurred on the matter, it may be worth a ...

Review Standards For Foster Homes

Four precious little children died in a house fire Saturday night in Clay County. They ranged in age from 6 months to 8 years. Their deaths raise troubling questions about West Virginia’s protection of children placed with foster families. All four of the little ones were staying with ...

McKinley Correct: Compromise Vital

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Challenging Tax Bills on Property

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Belmont County residents are upset about property taxes, to judge by the number who thronged the courthouse last year protesting taxable valuations set on their properties. It appears much of the outrage stems from higher property valuations in general, not ...

DeWine Gets Off To a Good Start

Mike DeWine became Ohio’s governor Monday, as John Kasich leaves Columbus, perhaps to consider his options in 2020. DeWine has a lot of work ahead of him, and the hopes of a lot of Ohioans resting on his shoulders. There are positive signs already: He has appointed one of the most ...

Update Medicinal Marijuana Rules

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Loughry Sentence Should Be Severe

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry is scheduled to be sentenced today, as a result of his conviction last year on a slate of charges involving misbehavior while in office. Whether sentencing will proceed is open to question; Loughry still has some appeal channels ...