Editorials

Common Sense Is Key to Health

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

Assume the Worst On School Threats

Misbehavior by juvenile males sometimes is excused with the claim that “boys will be boys.” But when a certain line is crossed — and threatening to attack students in a school clearly is on the wrong side of it — adult punishment is merited. Jefferson County authorities took a male ...

Funding Sewer Work in Wheeling

For years, perhaps decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has pressured many municipalities to separate storm drainage systems from sanitary sewer lines. Wheeling has been among the EPA’s targets. Bit by bit, city officials have been tackling the challenge for many years. Right ...

Kaepernick Chose To Be Unemployed

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who kicked off the “take a knee” controversy in professional football, has filed a formal grievance with the NFL. Here’s hoping it gets the short shrift it deserves. Kaepernick is accusing NFL team owners of colluding to ...

Protect Those Who Protect Us

The shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese several weeks ago was a stark reminder of the risk those at every level of law enforcement take simply to do their jobs. Fortunately, Bruzzese is back at work while he continues to recover. But even while he was lying in a hospital bed, ...

Standards Lower For Government

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Think Really Big In School System

Ohio County schools officials got good news last week. They will be receiving as much as $500,000 a year in new revenue. Just how good the news is depends on what is done with the money. New revenue will come in the form of property taxes paid on the Ohio Valley Medical Center. During ...

Collecting Child Support Payments

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Getting Road, Bridge Projects as Promised

Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area. Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to W.Va. 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To Gary West, who donated $250,000 to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, to help fund new bleachers at the J.B. Chambers Memorial Recreation Park in East Wheeling. And to the J.B. Chambers Memorial Foundation, which contributed $60,000 to the project. ∫ To members of ...

Reacting Slowly To Drug Crisis

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

OUE’s 60 Years Worth Celebrating

Among the many reasons local residents should be grateful for Ohio University Eastern is one statistic about the school: Nearly one-third of those enrolled at OUE are first-generation college students. The OUE community is celebrating a milestone. This year is the institution’s 60th. It ...

Reducing Infant Mortality in Ohio

Reducing infant mortality has proven to be a challenge in Ohio, with little or no progress made during the past five years. And, though statistics have to be interpreted with great caution, there is reason to believe Jefferson County residents should be more worried than many of their ...

Using Common Sense on VA Rules

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding ...

Scandal at VA Goes Unpunished

How should a Department of Veterans Affairs manager who defrauded the government, took chances with veterans’ health care, then devised a coverup be punished? You may have some ideas about that. The federal government’s answer? Counseling. As we reported Tuesday, one of U.S. Rep. David ...

Devising New Carbon Plan

Radical environmentalists sometimes defend their stance by pointing out some large utilities support a shift away from coal-fired electric generation, in favor of so-called alternatives such as wind and solar power. But not everyone in the business agrees with the war on coal waged by former ...

Getting Target Off Our Backs

Sierra Club officials, who likely speak for most environmental extremists, believe withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be “a double whammy for our communities: It will result in increased rates of respiratory illness and premature death while worsening climate ...

Get Politics Out Of Redistricting

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Clean Up Your Act, Hollywood

Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings of the rest of us. Meanwhile, they inhabit an incredibly sordid culture, the likes of which would not be tolerated in other businesses. Revelations about entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to tumble out in a steady ...

How Did Weinstein Get Away With It?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood ...