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Maintaining Parks

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided. West Virginia’s state parks are the ...

Forget Frugality During This Year

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

Provide Details On School Plan

Monday’s announcement that the Ohio County Board of Education is considering more than $86 million in capital improvements raised many questions. They will have to be answered to the satisfaction of voters if the plan is to proceed. As we reported, many changes and improvements are being ...

Put Pay Increase Plan Before Voters

Wheeling’s mayor and City Council members are paid according to a formula set in 1992, when the municipal charter was changed by a vote of the people. Council members receive $8,500 a year. The mayor gets $11,300. Obviously, inflation has made the purchasing power of those amounts much ...

A Murder On The Roof

There it goes again! What is that noise? In the quiet of the morning when no one else is around I heard it. A noise I could not identify in the house. My eyesight may not be 20-20, but my sense of hearing is in tune with, I thought, every creak and groan of the house. I know when the furnace ...

Keeping Budget Balanced in 2018

After getting together for a pre-Christmas meeting last week, some Steubenville officials may have thought of going home to announce they didn’t need a thing from Santa Claus. He’d gotten around to them early. Well, yes, it is unlikely they got that carried away. But they have reason to ...

Finding Those Who Enabled Abusers

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Ensure Snow, Ice Are Cleared

Worn-out dump trucks can be patched up and pushed only so long before they break down beyond repair. During most of the year, that is not a serious challenge for local and state highway agencies. But during the winter months, lack of a few trucks normally available to treat snow- and ...

Don’t Let Iranian Reformers Down

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Address Prison, Jail Guard Pay

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Medical Device Tax Affects All

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Phasing Out Inventory Tax

Critics of the process of making West Virginia more welcoming to job creators sometimes accuse reformers of promising too much. This improvement or that one did not result in an economic renaissance, they say, so why should Mountain State residents do more? No one ever said remaking the ...

Setting the Tone For Legislators

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appears to be holding his cards close to the vest. His specific plans for the legislative session that begins this week are less important than his leadership in general, however. Journalists from throughout the state gathered Friday in Charleston for an event ...

Bring Storage Hub to W.Va.

West Virginia may well have an advantage over other potential locations for a major facility to store natural gas liquids. State officials and our delegation in Congress should pull out all the stops to make the project a reality for the Mountain State. Area residents have heard much talk ...

Giving Public Easy Access to Officials

Late last year, Steubenville City Council agreed to require people desiring to speak during the public forum period of council meetings to register four days in advance. The vote was narrow, however: 4-3. Now, with new council members having taken office, it appears a majority favors ...

Fiscal Discipline Still Important in W.Va.

Many West Virginia legislators seem to have been breathing sighs of relief regarding the state’s fiscal outlook. They point to budget revenue that has exceeded projections. But on Thursday, a revenue report covering the first half of the fiscal year was released. Indeed, more money than ...

Approve Sports Betting in W.Va.

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Capitalizing On The Heritage Port

Water frontage can be a big advantage for communities attempting to reinvent themselves. Just consider the number of cities where harbor areas and riverwalks have become centers of economic development. Wheeling is blessed by being beside the Ohio River. The existence of the Heritage Port, ...

Keep ‘Red Hats’ Safe in the Mines

Mine Safety and Health Administration head David Zatezalo, of Wheeling, could not ask for a better road map of where he should take the agency this year. It is part of MSHA’s report on mine fatalities during 2017. As we reported, the coal mine death toll last year was 15, up sharply from ...

Don’t Make Same Error as California

Officials preparing for the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Ohio and West Virginia seem to be moving with careful deliberation. Good. They should not make the same mistakes that have occurred in California. There, marijuana for recreational purposes became legal this week, ...