Editorials

Guard Against Gas Explosions

Motorists in downtown Wheeling have had to cope with minor delays during the past few weeks, because of work being done by Mountaineer Gas crews. They are replacing and, in some ways, upgrading pipelines carrying natural gas. Good for Mountaineer. While massive explosions of big gas ...

It’s Time to Give The Kids a Brake

It is that time of year again. Children of all ages are making their way to and from school every day. Some are walking, some of the older ones may be driving, and many are riding the big yellow buses. Do your part to keep them safe. Parents should, of course, remind their kids to behave ...

Public Relations Move an Error

A substantial number of St. Clairsville residents already are unhappy with city officials’ push toward selling the municipal water and sewer systems to a private company. Moves such as that revealed this week will not inspire confidence in the proposal. City officials say the water and ...

Dangerous ‘Pets’ Must Be Contained

Fifteen-foot pythons and 7-foot crocodiles are fun to look at in zoos — but not so enjoyable in the hills of West Virginia or the creeks of Ohio. A few weeks ago, a Morgantown man somehow let his 15-foot python escape into the woods outside the city. Efforts to find the reptile have been ...

Post 89 Club Now a Model

It has been two and one-half years since we suggested in print that members of American Legion Post 89 in Wheeling deserved a second chance. “Veterans who served our country have earned it,” we wrote in February 2017. For a time, the odds seemed to be against the Legionnaires. Wheeling ...

Giving Veterans Second Chance

Speaking of giving veterans of military service a second chance, some of those who have run afoul of the law in our area may be getting one. On Wednesday, four members of the West Virginia Supreme Court will join local officials in announcing establishment of a Military Service Members ...

Meeting State Deadlines at WU

During a month filled with bad news for area residents, there was a ray of sunshine last Friday: Wheeling University was given permission by the state Higher Education Policy Commission to remain in operation. But that approval is conditional. The next few months will be critical ones in ...

Support Families Of Our Soldiers

Conflict in the Middle East has taken on new meaning for West Virginians, as well as some of our neighbors in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. On Friday, state officials were joined by hundreds of other people in Charleston in a ceremonial send-off for more than 500 West Virginia ...

Dealing With Infrastructure

You know what they say about infrastructure: It’s like the weather. Everyone talks about it but no one ever does anything about it. People don’t really say that about infrastructure, of course, but perhaps we should say it in state capitals and Washington. Throughout our states — ...

Keeping Children Safe From Guns

For one reason or another, a man in Nitro, West Virginia, decided he needed to take a firearm with him when he left home Wednesday night. As he was getting ready to leave, he laid the gun down for just a moment or two. His 3-year-old son picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the ...

Table Action On ‘User Fee’

Incurring $14.5 million in new debt to be paid off by charging people to work in Wheeling was controversial before the shock that came on Aug. 7. But there should be no argument when the topic comes up again during a Wheeling City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday. Council members ...

Conduct Public’s Business Openly

Ohio Supreme Court members should not have had to issue the unanimous ruling they did last week. That they were required to do so should anger Buckeye State residents. Ruling in a lawsuit filed by a community newspaper in Cuyahoga County, justices ordered that government bodies cannot ...

Reaction Was Simply Superb

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and three others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...

Supporting Children

Deadbeat parents who bring children into the world, then try to walk away from them, are despicable. Nearly always, they are men. Good for the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services for pursuing the deadbeats doggedly. The agency has been recognized for having the ...

Clearing the Air Over JB Green

Officials of the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority, popularly known as the JB Green Team, probably can get the required percentage of local government entities to approve their spending plans without worrying about Barnesville. Still, they should. Formed several years ago as ...

Success Requires Bipartisan Plan

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, think a package of legislation aimed at preventing mass murder can be crafted in a way that will attract bipartisan support in the General Assembly. Here’s hoping they can. Don’t place any bets on it, ...

Take Time On GC&P Proposal

A massive development project first aired publicly in 2013 has been reborn in Wheeling. The question now is whether city officials will allow construction to proceed. When the owners of land on a ridge south of Warden Run Road in Wheeling revealed plans to develop the area about six years ...

DOH Has Right Attitude on Bridge

Temporary barriers to keep oversized vehicles such as buses from using the Wheeling Suspension Bridge were installed this week by West Virginia Division of Highways crews. As can be seen from the photograph we published, they appear simple, but effective. We wonder how long it will be before ...

Collect Money Owed by Alecto

If they have not done so already, Wheeling officials should proceed with the utmost dispatch in collecting money owed to the city by Ohio Valley Medical Center and its California-based parent company, Alecto Healthcare Services. OVMC owes the city more than $600,000 for which, we assume, ...

OhioCheckbook Project Worthwhile

Many taxpayers would love to have access to details — check by check — on how local officials are spending their money. If you live in Jefferson County, congratulations — the information is at your fingertips, literally. In 2014, the Ohio treasurer’s office launched an online ...