Editorials

‘Fishing’ Trip Long Overdue

West Virginia legislators looking into state Supreme Court justices have been accused of engaging in a “fishing expedition.” One wonders whether that criticism was prompted by concern about the Legislature’s role — or about what “fish” lawmakers may net. After suspended high ...

Emmett Till Case Worth Reopening

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

Keep the Risks Firmly in Mind

Martins Ferry officials are to be commended for hoping city government can do something to boost economic development in the downtown business district. They should move cautiously, however. Buildings housing several businesses were destroyed in an October 2016 fire. Some business owners were ...

Credit Trump With Diplomacy

President Donald Trump is accused frequently of shooting from the lip — that is, speaking and tweeting what is on his mind without regard to the potential consequences. This week, he is being criticized harshly for not doing that. After meeting in Helskinki, Finland, on Monday, Trump and ...

Answers About Official Needed

Asking questions about personnel issues is by far the surest method of getting government officials to clam up. So it was last week after the Martins Ferry Board of Education voted to place school district Treasurer Karen Blake on paid administrative leave. “I’m not commenting on it,” ...

Russia Not Only Cyber Enemy

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

Justifying Need For New Building

In March, when Wheeling officials proposed construction of a new city public safety building, the price tag was estimated at $15 million. That is a lot of money, we commented at the time. Voters asked to increase their taxes to pay the bill will want to see evidence of need. Now the cost ...

Represent Valley On Education Panel

Major changes in West Virginia’s network of four-year public colleges and universities may be on the horizon. What they may be will depend largely on recommendations by a group established by Gov. Jim Justice. Earlier this month, Justice appointed 12 people to his Blue Ribbon Commission ...

Hold Line on Budget In Belmont County

Since 2016, Belmont County commissioners have imposed a “freeze” on their budget, keeping it at $22.3 million a year. Now, they are discussing whether it is time for a thaw. County department heads have submitted budget requests for more than $26 million. Meetings are planned to discuss ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To Margaret Howells, third-grade teacher and dean of students at Wheeling Country Day School, who won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Howells received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington to receive the award. ∫ ...

End Corruption In Government

U.S. senators pondering whether to confirm federal Supreme Court nominees have a relatively easy task. All they have to ask is whether potential justices are liberal or conservative in terms of how they interpret the Constitution. West Virginians deciding how to vote for state Supreme Court ...

RISE Red Tape Delays Inexcusable

One suspects West Virginia legislators looking into delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in many counties knew one of the answers to their questions before they were even asked. Why, more than six months after federal officials approved nearly $150 million for flood victims, had the ...

Telling Story Of Our People

It has been said Wheeling’s big drawing card for out-of-town visitors is our Victorian-era architecture. Indeed, some of the restored old buildings are beautiful and are attractions for tourists. But their appeal to history buffs pales in comparison to the stories of our people. Good for ...

Let the Public See the Proposal

Members of the Ohio County Board of Education this week tabled action on a proposed new policy being referred to as one on “student supervision and relationships with staff.” At least some members want to give the recommendation more thought. Apparently they do not want to think about ...

New Allegations At OSU Disturbing

Ohio State University’s investigation of a sports doctor alleged to have sexually abused athletes at several institutions of higher learning has turned over a commendable number of stones. What has come creeping out from under some of them is disturbing. Scores of people, including former ...

Japanese Soccer Team Displays Character

Some of the best stories in sports happen off the playing fields and courts. Consider the aftermath of a World Cup soccer match in Russia this week. Japan’s team had been leading Belgium, 2-0, during much of the game. Then, in the closing minutes, Belgium came back to win, 3-2. It was ...

Ask Strzok’s Wife If He’s Trustworthy

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony Thursday to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump ...

Get Moving On Costly Projects

At first glance, being in a hurry to spend money and charge people more for municipal services seems, well, strange. But good for Steubenville officials, who are taking the attitude that the sooner they get moving on water and sewer system improvements, the better. During their meeting ...

Bridge a Tribute To Persistence

Nearly a generation has gone by since local residents began pushing hard for construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking southern Brooke and Jefferson counties, as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pointed out Tuesday. “I don’t know how you stood it for 18 years,” he remarked. But the ...

Manchin Should Back Nominee

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...