Editorials

Threatening Officer’s Family Is Intolerable

We suspect most police officers do not get very upset when tough-guy suspects threaten them. It goes with the job. But threatening an officer’s family is an entirely different story. A man arrested in Moundsville last week did just that, according to a police report. He was being ...

French Share Americans’ Worry Over Immigrants

In case you’ve been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. For example, we recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash the “final glass ceiling” by electing a ...

Avoiding a Shutdown By Backing Off From Bluster

As Donald Trump approached the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he had defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until last Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all things, his ...

Waters Muddied By Corruption

Are you kidding me? Thirteen-term Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced “rock star” of the Democratic Party. “Auntie Maxine” is stoking the resistance, inspiring millenials, combating hate, crusading ...

Special Elections Can Generate Momentum

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

Millennials Ready, Able To Shoulder the Burden

On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I’ve discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about this. Three semesters ago, I agreed to teach at the journalism school that launched ...

Populist Movement Delayed, Not Erased

Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post-first-round French presidential election): The ...

Trump Needs to Set Priorities, Focus Attention

Donald Trump wants to have it both ways: He has had the most successful first 100 days as president in the history of the republic (or at least since FDR, depending on which day he makes the claim); or the 100-day standard is more media-concocted fake news, and we shouldn’t even be looking at ...

Why a Water Rate Increase Bombed in Bellaire

Gee, There’s an Idea! During West Virginia University Academic Media Day this week in Morgantown, WVU President E. Gordon Gee spoke of what is a pressing problem for West Virginia — keeping the best and brightest in the state after they have graduated from institutions of higher ...

Holding Taxes Down in W.Va.

Not enough is known about the state budget agreement between Gov. Jim Justice and state Senate President Mitch Carmichael for West Virginians to know whether it is good for us or not. What we do know is that giving in to the governor’s position earlier this year — that the state simply ...

Getting Bellaire Finances in Order

A “government shutdown” in Bellaire seems almost inconceivable. But the fact the term is being used by some in municipal government is evidence of the disarray in the village’s finances. It appears the problem is centered in the village water department, which is on track for a ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Wheeling police — and to Wheeling Island residents who provided them tips that led to the apprehension of a 17-year-old boy accused of a burglary in which a woman was injured seriously. An arrest was made less than 36 hours after the crime was committed. - To members of the Cameron ...

Shutting Down Nuisance Bars

Steubenville officials have been trying for years to shut down Club 106, which they have said serves as a center for troublemakers and has engaged in illegal activity itself. Finally, they have succeeded. On Monday, action in Jefferson County Common Pleas and Steubenville Municipal courts ...

Reversing Assault On Nation’s Energy

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it, in states such as ours, is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are ...

What About Tax Increase?

Well, thanks for the pocket change, governor. Now, let’s talk about the real money. On Monday, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials announced a plan to charge entrance fees to six state parks and one state forest. The idea was to raise money to address maintenance ...

Ensure Stadium Work Is Adequate

Ohio County Board of Education members have not had a very happy new year. First, they learned property values are down, so tax revenue to fund schools will be less next year. Then, they watched as Gov. Jim Justice and legislators failed to come to agreement on a budget. That means how much ...

15 DUI-Record Is Unacceptable

How is it possible that the state of Ohio allowed a man with 14 convictions for driving under the influence to get behind the wheel of a vehicle ever again? Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato apparently wonders about that, too. On Monday, Timothy J. Jones, 53, of Columbus, ...

Protecting Public From Vicious Dogs

St. Clairsville City Council members have undergone some criticism for their plan to enact an ordinance to safeguard the public against vicious dogs. On Tuesday, they were reminded why they should pursue the matter. Early that morning, Dayton police responded to a report of a man screaming ...

Ensure Parks Are Maintained Efficiently

Given state government’s fiscal woes, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources officials had little choice but to establish entrance fees at some parks to provide adequate funding for maintenance needs. As we reported Tuesday, six parks and one state forest are included in the ...

Base Marijuana Rules on Caution

If you are interested in growing marijuana legally in Ohio, now is the time to apply for permission. Rules for cultivators under the state’s medicinal marijuana law have been released. Opinions on the regulations are mixed. Some advocates of medicinal marijuana say the permissible number ...