Editorials

Update Medicinal Marijuana Rules

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

Loughry Sentence Should Be Severe

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry is scheduled to be sentenced today, as a result of his conviction last year on a slate of charges involving misbehavior while in office. Whether sentencing will proceed is open to question; Loughry still has some appeal channels ...

Avoid Wishful Thinking Budget

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Lawmakers Earn Praise for Restraint

Give West Virginia legislators credit for, as they say, walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Even as they have demanded more fiscal discipline from state agencies during the past couple of years, they have imposed it upon themselves. As House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw, ...

Helping Youngest Victims in W.Va.

Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in ...

Address Human Rights Panel Issue

Members of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission are scheduled to meet Tuesday. On their agenda is a difficult issue they may not be empowered to handle adequately. Last month, the panel’s chairman, Steve Novotney, was accused of making social media posts antagonistic toward the homeless, ...

Abusers Deserve Long Prison Terms

Two Belmont County women who abused a 4-year-old girl severely have pleaded guilty to charges and are to be sentenced within the next two weeks. Judges in their cases should sentence them to the maximum punishments permitted by law. No leniency is called for in this case. Last year, the ...

Paying for I-70 Repair Work

Complaints already are being heard from motorists upset about traffic delays on Interstate 70 in Ohio County and Washington County, Pa. Let us hope taxpayers in both states do not have cause for complaint, too. As we reported, traffic slowdowns are because one lane of the highway in each ...

Settle Separation Of Powers Question

Most West Virginians probably would like to put last year’s state Supreme Court impeachment crisis behind us. But the episode left behind what could be a serious question in the future. In brief — as you may recall, the high court fiasco was exceedingly complex — the question stems ...

Privatizing May Be Best Option

Only 48 of the 98 beds at the Hopemont State Hospital in Terra Alta, W.Va., are occupied — yet there are 50 people on the waiting list to be admitted. How can that be? Because the hospital, which specializes in long-term care for geriatric patients, is run by the government, that’s ...

Providing More Jobs for Ohioans

Ohio faces its share of economic struggles. Its unemployment rate in November was 4.6 percent, while the U.S. as a whole saw unemployment at just 3.7 percent. Some regions of the state — including ours — see unemployment considerably higher. Meanwhile, in one of those unusual polls ...

Keeping an Eye On W.Va. Courts

Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court merit high praise for their reaction to the scandal that removed three of the five justices last year. As Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker told legislators this week, new safeguards against waste and corruption have been established. Unfortunately, ...

Fire Department Busier Than Ever

From time to time, we point out that declining populations throughout our area seem to suggest that ever-increasing government budgets could be trimmed. Apparently that is not a factor where the Wheeling Fire Department is concerned. Though the city’s population is far less than once was ...

Funding Repairs To Area Roads

Roads — specifically the deplorable ones plaguing many Northern Panhandle residents — need to be a focus during the annual 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature, Delegate Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall, told our reporter. He is absolutely right about that. While the state’s ...

Build Maintenance Funds Into Budgets

Good for Monroe County Dog Warden Rhonda Piatt, for her idea of enhancing a proposed new animal shelter by creating a walking trail nearby. County commissioners already are on board with a plan to construct a new shelter at Woodsfield. Piatt wants to add a 1,408-foot walking trail around a ...

Machine Gun Cause for Worry

The picture above is of a .30-caliber machine gun, the kind you see in the movies mowing people down by the dozens. It was seized Monday by Wheeling police in the process of making a drug arrest at a Pierce Street home. Whether the weapon is fully functional was unknown at this writing. ...

Paying to Repair Belmont Roads

Perhaps village officials in Belmont can solve two problems at once. One challenge, as outlined during a village council meeting last week, is repairing some badly damaged streets and roads in Belmont. Much of the damage was caused by oil and gas industry trucks, it was stated during the ...

Discipline Critical In Public Schools

Ohio schools will likely feel little effect from the U.S. Department of Education’s rollback of Obama-era warnings to schools about the number of suspensions being handed out to minority students. At the time, there was concern that minority students across the country were being ...

Make Fiscal Future Part of Major Speech Majo

On Monday, just two days before he is to deliver his State of the State speech, W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice announced he will run for re-election in 2020. “The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there’s work still to be done,” Justice explained on Monday. He is right ...

Veterans Courts Good for W.Va.

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of ...