Editorials

High Standards Are Imperative

Ohio’s fledgling medicinal marijuana industry is not yet fully up and running, but already, state officials are raising questions about the honesty of some of those involved. Two companies in the medicinal marijuana dispensary business are being accused by the state Board of Pharmacy of ...

Build Corridor H To I-81 in Virginia

Making West Virginia’s mountain playground more accessible to tourists from the East Coast would be an enormous boon to our state. Both our U.S. senators — Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin— referred to that this week, during a visit to the Canaan Valley ...

Knowing High Court Hopefuls

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy has some excellent advice for Buckeye State voters: Learn about judicial candidates and their philosophies on the state constitution. Kennedy, who is up for reelection next year, made the comments during a presentation last week in St. ...

Making Secondary Roads Last Longer

Work to repair roads damaged by flash floods in a few counties late in June is proceeding, but the damage could have been much worse, West Virginia Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston commented this week. Wriston is in charge of implementing Gov. Jim Justice’s campaign to ...

Measles Vaccine Vital for Children

It probably was only a matter of time for Ohioans to become part of the measles outbreak that has hit about half the states. For a few months, it appeared the Buckeye State might be spared involvement. Now, it has been reported that a young adult from Stark County contracted the disease ...

Ensure Hospitals Don’t Do Harm

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System near Columbus appear to be working hard to correct the problems that made possible the deaths of at least 25 people due to excessive doses of painkillers, for which only one person — William Husel — is facing charges. At least 23 other employees ...

Ensure Ohio Schools Work

Giving local officials as much control as possible over public schools normally is the best policy. Education bureaucrats in state capitals simply are not familiar enough with local needs to handle the job well. But what if local officials are doing a terrible job? Is it fair to children to ...

Paine Right In Rejecting Raise

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they were not using their heads. Fortunately, Paine recognized that and said he will not take the $4,170 salary boost board members ...

Being Prepared For a Downturn

West Virginia House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan is firmly in favor of improving public schools. But McGeehan, R-Hancock, voted against a bill to that end for an understandable reason — cost. “We seem to have short memories in Charleston,” McGeehan told our reporter. “In ...

Pats on the Back

- To the Ziegenfelder Co. of Wheeling for the free community concert it presented last Wednesday at the Heritage Port. It featured entertainment, “bounce houses” and face painting for the kids, hot dogs and frozen treats for everyone, all free of charge. It was the company’s way of ...

Road Pledges Not Being Kept?

Big promises were made by Gov. Jim Justice’s administration in 2017, in order to convince West Virginia voters to approve $1.6 billion in bond sales for the “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. The question now is whether those pledges will be fulfilled. Brooke County commissioners ...

Aid Rural Ohio School Districts

Among disagreements holding up adoption of a two-year budget for Ohio state government is one that could affect public schools in our area. Legislators were to have submitted a new budget proposal to Gov. Mike DeWine by June 30. When that deadline could not be met, an interim spending plan ...

Ensuring Bridges Are Not Overlooked

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., understands that when public officials make decisions about infrastructure spending, they prefer new construction over repairs. She is right to be urging that a federal highway funding bill make bridge rehabilitation a priority. Capito, who chairs ...

Excellent Idea Was Supported

A burning piece of paper was a reminder Wednesday of what can be accomplished when a really good idea is suggested to the Wheeling-area community. People tend to unite behind it and get good things done. A symbolic “mortgage burning” was held outside the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday ...

Punishing Hate Crime Severely

True hate crimes are not as common as some would have us believe — but when they do occur, swift, severe punishment ought to be meted out. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Izmir Koch, 34, to 2 1/2 years in prison because he lied to the FBI and violated the federal hate ...

Resolve School Lawsuit Quickly

West Virginians have waited a long time for some breakthrough in public school improvement. The catchall bill approved weeks ago by state legislators may not be it, but it is as close as we are likely to get for some time. Mountain State residents may not get even that. Dale Lee, ...

Savings Important To Project’s Future

Just weeks ago, Ohio County Board of Education members got good news: Work to improve Bridge Street Middle School probably will be completed for about $500,000 under budget. This week, they found a very good use for part of the money. It seems a project to make restrooms at Triadelphia ...

Find Site For New Stadium

In its time, the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s Bill Jobko Stadium was quite a showpiece. While fans of many other football teams had to endure inclement weather, those cheering on the Bulldogs could enjoy the roof covering their seats. But generations of weathering and ...

Help Young Victims

Our nation’s first lady, Melania Trump, has taken a very specific interest in the drug abuse epidemic, for which West Virginia is ground zero. Mrs. Trump’s concern centers on children whose lives are affected, sometimes disastrously, by substance abuse. This week, she came back to ...

Manchin Right About Soccer Pay

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. ...