Editorials

Saving Money For Taxpayers

We have written for years that if you want to become angry about government wasting your money, go first to Washington, then to your state capital. While funds can be spent inefficiently at the local level, that seems to happen less frequently than when state or federal officials control the ...

Macron’s Science May Not Be Solid

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when ...

At-Risk Students Helped by Project

Bellaire Local School District educators have a problem with students from lower-income families, and they know it. Good for the school system for promoting a program that ought to help. State school officials grade Bellaire’s system with an “F” in the “gap closing” category. That ...

Safeguard Local Government Data

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Admit Mistake, Rescind AMT

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Be Fair on Student Loan Forgiveness

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The ...

Repealing AMT As Part of Tax Reform

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, ...

’Tis the Season To Be Cautious

’Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who may be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning for folks to protect their personal ...

Resignation Is Long Overdue

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for ...

Being Careful With Gas Lines

Environmentalists worry state and federal regulators do not take the possibility of leaks, explosions and fires involving long-distance natural gas pipelines seriously enough. But the general public should be far more concerned about gas lines in our neighborhoods and homes. On Saturday ...

Water, Sewer Study Valuable

Harrison County commissioners have authorized a study that could have enormous benefit to residents of their area — if the results are used effectively. Last week, commissioners agreed to spend $139,000 on a master water and sewer service plan for the county. It is intended to examine all ...

Rebuilding Navy Is a Critical Task

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on ...

We’re Not Out Of the Woods Yet

It is likely no one knows why Ohio County’s drug overdose death rate went down last year. Perhaps local residents are being more careful about how they use drugs. But what we do know is that substance abuse remains a crisis-level concern in our area. During a program on substance abuse ...

Bellaire Fire Hydrant Project Praiseworthy

Good for Bellaire officials, for addressing a serious problem. Village finances have been strained for some time. But, using $54,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant cash, municipal officials launched a project to replace 24 fire hydrants. It should be completed within a few ...

Hard-Hit Areas Need More Help

About 100 women in our area may get new leases on life as a result of an announcement last week. It was that Living Free Ohio Valley plans to use a $3 million state grant to open a long-term care facility for women suffering from drug addiction. As LFOV President Sharon Travis noted, ...

Get Most Bang For Our Bucks

Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents — our economies are linked strongly, after all — have waited a long time for improvements to W.Va. 2. They have occurred in bits and pieces for decades. Voter approval in October of a major road bond issue cleared the way for near-completion of ...

Punishing Abuse Of Public’s Trust

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Council Concern Has Foundation

St. Clairsville City Council members certainly cannot be accused of adopting a knee-jerk reaction to the possibility that someone would attempt to open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in town. Good for them for being open-minded — but cautious. An ordinance prohibiting cultivation, ...

Ending Predation By the Powerful

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

‘Never Again’ Vow Not Kept

Seventy-six years ago, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...