Editorials

Death Raises Critical Questions

The video recording that shows Perry Galloway Jr.’s last minutes on earth is gut wrenching and heart breaking. Every law enforcement officer and official in the Ohio Valley should view it. Galloway, of Wheeling, died March 31, 2015 after the car he was driving was pulled over by an Ohio ...

W.Va., Ohio Losing War Against Drugs

An unusual meeting set for Thursday in Wheeing is an indication of the magnitude of the drug abuse epidemic in our two states. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be at the Covenant Community Church from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day ...

Evaluating Ohio Public Education

With the release of state evaluations of schools and school districts just weeks away, some area education officials seem to be bracing East Ohio residents for bad news. The same complaints that standardized tests and other evaluation methods do not convey accurate pictures of how well students ...

Decide Future Of Old Buildings

It has been a year since the city of Wheeling bought three Market Street buildings. At the time, officials said they hoped to use the property in some way to promote redevelopment in that area of the downtown business district. In addition, it was pointed out, purchasing the buildings and ...

Flood Victims Need Specific Assistance

As recovery from devastating floods in West Virginia — including one in Follansbee — continues, the needs of those affected are changing. Volunteers and relief agencies who have worked so tirelessly to aid in the recovery effort are now reporting that the overwhelming outpouring of support ...

Pass a Stopped Bus, Pay a Hefty Fine

School is in session in much of our area, and that means the big yellow buses are back on local streets and highways, carrying precious cargo. It also means, beyond any doubt, a new round of reports of motorists passing stopped school buses. That puts children boarding or disembarking from ...

Rethink Fireworks Law?

A male resident of Morgantown (police didn’t provide his age), was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after he lit the fuse on a fireworks mortar tube, held it over his head and assumed it had discharged. It had not, until he lowered it to chest level. After state legislators ...

Find State Aid For Flood Victims

Most people in Follansbee probably realize that in a way, they were lucky a few weeks ago. The flash flood that struck their town killed no one. Damage was comparatively light. Residents of several southeast West Virginia counties were hurt far worse by flooding earlier in the summer, people ...

Obamacare Cost Claims Falsehoods

Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. But President Barack Obama, taking time out from assuring Americans that if we liked our health insurance and our doctors we could keep them, labeled such ...

Keep Moving On Race Relations

A long, unsettling list of challenges dominated the discussion Saturday about race relations and obstacles faced by minorities in our area. Clearly, a lot of work needs to be done by a lot of people. But one tiny step has begun. It is a candid conversation about the problems, real and ...

Address Discipline In Public Schools

One criticism voiced Saturday in Wheeling, during a town hall meeting about race relation, was that school administrators too often turn to law enforcement agencies to handle discipline problems. Our impression is that in our area, that is not the case. We hear very, very few reports of ...

W.Va. in Need Of Exit Strategy

Regardless of your political leanings, the wisdom of something West Virginia state Senate President Bill Cole said in Wheeling last week seems clear. “We need to refocus on what is the mission of state government,” Cole, R-Mercer, remarked during a town hall meeting on job ...

Rethinking Flood Of Federal Rules

Perhaps federal bureaucrats who tell local officials such as those in Follansbee that no, they can’t clear debris out of small streams should be forced to spend a night or two beside one during a heavy rainstorm. Government agencies seem eager to tell job creators that it is illegal for ...

Being Careful With Pellet, ‘Airsoft’ Guns

Yes, you probably have read one similar to this previously. It is one more plea to local residents, especially teenagers, to be very careful with toy and pellet guns that look like real firearms. Wheeling police issued another warning about them last week. This one was focused on ...

School Reform Treading Water

At this rate, half the high school juniors in West Virginia will be proficient in mathematics by 2045. We can’t wait that long. Results of this year’s standardized testing of public school students throughout the state have been released. The numbers are awful. It is no exaggeration ...

Reopening Mill At Mingo Junction

So much unpleasant news seems to dominate the headlines that it is a genuine pleasure when we have good things to report. The possibility production may resume at the old Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel plant in Mingo Junction falls squarely into that category. Ohio Valley residents are ...

Rethink Police Department Pay

Bellaire Village Council members are determined to be “fair” about pay raises for municipal employees. That may be a laudable policy from the standpoint of many of the workers — but it may be unfair to Bellaire residents and business owners. For several months, Police Chief Michael ...

Hiring the Best People for Jobs

Nepotism, real or merely perceived, is a problem in many communities. There need to be rules to prevent it — but in small towns, they need to be tempered with common sense. During Wellsburg City Council’s meeting this week, the subject came up. Councilman Paul T. Billiard suggested rules ...

Making It Happen In Steubenville

Creating a wish-list of changes in downtown Steubenville was the easy, enjoyable part of a new revitalization campaign. Now comes the hard part: weeding out the impractical ideas and finding ways to implement those with merit. Earlier this week, more than 100 people gathered for a workshop in ...

Cut Federal Spending

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade. Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added. And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...