Editorials

Do More to Curb Abuse of Pain Pills

The link between abuse of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and heroin addiction has been obvious for years. Responsible physicians, pharmacists and drug companies have taken steps to curb misuse of pain pills. But some continue to reap big profits for themselves at enormous cost to ...

Covering Cameron Ambulance Needs

Marshall County officials appear to be moving expeditiously to ensure the Cameron area has emergency ambulance service. In the near future, that may mean having to contract with a private company to handle the task. Cameron’s volunteer Emergency Medical Service shut down in September. Since ...

Increase Contingency Money in the Budget

West Virginia legislators and Gov.-elect Jim Justice will have their hands full writing a new state budget that merely holds the line on revenue and services. It has been estimated they will have to fill a $400 million hole in the spending plan. But some counties, especially those in the ...

Rethink Madison School Decision

Members of the Ohio County Board of Education and their predecessors for generations have tried to take good care of Madison Elementary School on Wheeling Island. Judging by the fact it is more than a century old and continues to render good service, school boards, administrators and Madison ...

Restoring Reason To Energy Policy

Coal miners and tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable electricity have few friends in Washington. One ally on which they should have been able to count, the U.S. Department of Energy, has been missing in inaction for nearly eight years. That should change early next year, ...

Lessons of Aleppo

In this world, it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, said Henry Kissinger in 1968, but to be a friend is fatal. The South Vietnamese would come to appreciate the insight. So it is today with Aleppo, where savage reprisals against U.S.-backed rebels are taking place in ...

What Are They Trying to Hide?

Monroe County taxpayers deserve to know how much it is costing them to end the uneasy relationship between the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education and now-former school Superintendent John Hall. In addition to being the right thing for school officials to do, it is the law. Like other ...

Mountains Made A Star With Heart

Entertainers are in the news constantly. Most of the time they are taking political stances, ridiculing those whose faith disagrees with the stars’ agendas, or being accused of misbehavior. Occasionally, the headlines are about the glittery set’s extravagant spending. A few stars are ...

Protecting Kids From Pedophiles

When a 31-year-old man went to a prearranged meeting place in Wheeling on Sunday, he was expecting to meet a 12-year-old boy and have sex with him, according to State Police Sgt. Scott Adams. Instead, the man met Adams, who arrested him — thanks to a smart, involved mother. Adams, ...

Gee Right: Let Us Lead at WVU

Since the Nov. 8 presidential election, we Americans have expended much of our creative power in finding new ways to demonize those with whom we disagree. That has been true on both sides of the social and political chasm that separates us. Much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth has been ...

Why Didn’t U.N. Pick Real Heroine?

Wonder Woman no longer is the United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. U.N. officials announced this week the fictional superhero had been stripped of the title. Complaints that someone as skimpily clad and prone to violence as Wonder Woman was not ...

EPA Leaves Door To New Rules Open

After six years of investigation at a cost of $29 million, the Environmental Protection Agency finally has come to a conclusion about whether hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells poses a risk to drinking water supplies: We don’t know. Last year, EPA officials released a draft report ...

Saving Social Security

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Carson Faces Enormous Task Of Reforming Housing Agency

With the selection by President-elect Donald Trump of Dr. Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we have a brilliant man of principle cast to step in to lead a $50 billion federal department with nationwide impact. I recall when, 25 years ago, I had my ...

Surprise: A Democrat Backs Privatization

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about infrastructure when he spoke with President-elect Trump this past month, and what he said may come as a surprise to at least some of the governor’s fellow Democrats. The Washington Examiner reports: “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the federal ...

Pure Evil on Display in Racist Murder of Nine in S.C. Church

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A deep stillness settled over the federal courtroom as graphic photos were shown of the nine people murdered last year at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. The defendant, 22-year-old Dylann Roof, sat motionless throughout, as he has since his death penalty trial began last ...

Making Growth Initiatives Count

Did Wheeling’s initial round of “facade renovation” funding improve the city’s economic development profile? Would launching a second round be the best use of taxpayers’ money? Those two questions need to be answered affirmatively before city officials consider establishing a new ...

Money Can Be Saved on Defense

One line in a news report about President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to get costs for the military’s new F-35 fighter plane under control illustrates why the military-industrial complex has been so successful in sucking up taxpayers’ money. Trump’s public promise regarding the F-35 ...

New Drugs Are Greater Threat

Drug traffickers seem to have latched on to the “new and improved” mantra that has been a staple of advertising for many years. Trouble is, too much of what the pushers are providing is new and deadly. Belmont County Drug Task Force officers arrested a Martins Ferry man last week for ...

Enact Permanent Help for Retirees

The short-term rescue retired coal miners were handed by Congress last week will have to do — for now. But coal-state lawmakers are right to reject it as a shut-up-and-go-away moment in Washington. For months, members of Congress from West Virginia, Ohio and other states had fought to gain ...