Editorials

Drug Epidemic Grows Worse

News media representatives attending a daylong presentation on substance abuse at West Virginia University heard a variety of innovative, decisive ideas about battling the scourge in our state. But we also were told on Monday that, in important ways, the fight is just beginning. One ...

Leaving Millions Out of Tax Relief

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Do What’s Best For the Children

Really good educators, and we have many in Ohio County schools, constantly look for ways to improve how they teach children. Most of the time, classroom-level techniques are the focus. A concern about enrollment at elementary and middle school buildings raises the possibility of more big- ...

Trade Speech Is Important Reminder

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

Maximize Benefit From China Plan

It appears we West Virginians have hit the jackpot. A Chinese company’s plan to spend nearly $84 billion on natural gas-related projects in our state should prove to be a shot in the arm for our economy. Let’s not be like the Powerball winners who ignore advice to handle their good ...

It Is Great News For Ohioans, Too

The days of considering the Ohio River some sort of wall between good neighbors on both sides of it are long gone. In both the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, we take a regional approach to economic development now. So, Mountain State residents will be cheering along with Ohioans soon ...

Getting Highway Work Done on Time

Crews working on repaving and other improvements to Bethany Pike in Wheeling were hard at work last week, striving to complete the project as quickly as possible. Their haste was in order to avoid increasing traffic congestion during the Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park, which opened ...

Don’t Dumb Down W.Va. Education

State Board of Education members are considering changes in requirements to obtain high school diplomas in West Virginia. In essence, their proposal amounts to making it easier for students to get A’s and requiring them to take fewer courses to graduate. So, in a world where graduates ...

Veterans Owed Enormous Debt

Selection of Nov. 11 as the date each year on which we Americans honor veterans of military service is significant. It is a reminder that as devoutly as we may wish for peace, we must recognize it can never be a reality. For many years, Nov. 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, in ...

Chinese Plan Is Wonderful News

We West Virginians have had our hopes raised so many times, then seen them dashed, that some may still have their guards up over the announcement Thursday that China will invest $83.7 billion in our state. Slice it anyway you want, however. Put any spin you desire on it. Come up with all ...

Ensure Names Get On FBI’s Database

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened Sunday in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. His ...

Selling Voters On Tax Levies

By our count, voters in the four East Ohio counties were asked to approve 61 tax measures during the election Tuesday. Fifty-five were approved, usually by large margins. Voters rejected just six of the property tax proposals. Two of those, in the Buckeye Local and Indian Creek Local school ...

Move Carefully On ‘Tiny Houses’

In June, Wheeling City Council members approved a rule requiring that new buildings constructed in the downtown business district must be at least three stories in height. Part of the idea behind that was to ensure that the area has a cohesive feel architecturally. Now, some council members ...

Letting the Public Speak Is Important

There have to be rules governing how local government meetings are held. Allowing verbal free-for-alls serves no one. But East Liverpool City Council members ought to rethink one of their restrictions. A news report the other day noted that a building contractor, who wanted to complain ...

Enforce Existing Gun Purchase Laws

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church Sunday might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick Kelley, ...

Saving Small Towns Money

Environmental remediation has become big business — perhaps too big, in a way. Ask Belmont Village Council members about that. Last Thursday, council members approved spending $20,000 to hire a company to manage asbestos abatement at the old elementary school building, which is owned by ...

Enforce Existing Laws on Firearms

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Improve Access To the Internet

Most residents of East Ohio appear to have reliable high-speed internet service. But, as a story we published Sunday explains, the region’s hilly terrain deprives many people of broadband access. Several state legislators, with state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, in a leadership role, want ...

Rethinking Ohio County Schools

Local public education officials plan to look at Ohio County’s elementary and middle schools, with an eye to adjusting the areas they serve. “We have some schools overpopulated, some underpopulated,” county Board of Education member Tim Birch told our reporter. That is true. ...

Identifying People Who May Be Killers

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: ∫ Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...