Editorials

Turning a Corner On Drug Crimes?

Burglaries and thefts were down significantly last year in Steubenville, city police report. A total of 1,098 of the two crimes were reported in 2017. The number declined to 897 last year. In releasing last year’s crime report, Police Chief Bill McCafferty pointed out, “I’d bet you at ...

College or University Need Not Be ‘Top Tier’ To Be Good

Call it karma, or poetic justice. For decades, athletes admitted to prestigious schools on scholarships have endured accusations (some, admittedly, justified) that they couldn’t cut it academically. Now we have a nationwide scandal in which students have been admitted to prestigious schools ...

Letting Locals Set Priorities

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

Trying Something New at St. John

Ensuring a funding stream of $750,000 a year to keep St. John Central High School open is a daunting prospect. A group of men and women who graduated from the school have taken it on, however. A few weeks ago, it was announced St. John Central, in Bellaire, will be closing. Officials of ...

Wheeling Jesuit Worth Saving

Wheeling Jesuit University’s announcement that officials there have declared a “financial exigency” probably did not come as much of a shock to most area residents. WJU has had difficulty making ends meet for several years. Exactly how serious the problem is now is not known outside a ...

Punish Those Who Put Children at Risk

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning ...

Time a Factor On Garage Plan

Wheeling City Council members had little choice but to suspend City Manager Robert Herron indefinitely, in view of the driving under the influence charge against him. But taking him out of the office intensifies the pressure they already were under regarding major initiatives council has been ...

Trim Spending In Monroe County

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, county Treasurer Taylor Abbott told them Monday. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent nearly $5 ...

Reveal Details On Bransfield

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Attending Forum On Public Schools

West Virginia legislators will spend the next several weeks educating themselves on public education, in preparation for a special session they will hold on the topic later this spring. The more facts they can gather — and the more opinions they can hear — the better. To that end, the ...

Discuss Herron Arrest for DUI

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott was wise to call for a special meeting of city council, as soon as practical, to discuss the arrest of City Manager Robert Herron during the weekend. Herron was arrested Saturday night, after a traffic accident in downtown Wheeling. No serious injuries were ...

Lawmakers’ Hearts Are in Right Place

Efforts by West Virginia legislators to ensure various public assistance programs are not abused sometimes are criticized as alleged attacks on the poor. Conservatives in particular are accused routinely of engaging in “war against women.” Neither claim could be farther from the truth of ...

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Ultra-Leftists Gain Control of Party

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Protecting Old Suspension Bridge

Ask an engineer today to design a bridge that will last 170 years. Be prepared to be laughed out of his or her office. Not possible, you may be told. But it is, or was. We have proof of that right here in Wheeling. It is the Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1849. It is both a National ...

Let Public See How Money Is Expended

Transparency is among many buzzwords we hear regularly from those in public office and those seeking to be elected. But when it comes to allowing the public to “look at the books” — that is, to see how our money is being spent — there suddenly seems to be less interest in ...

Change the Slogan?

Follansbee Mayor David Velegol thinks his city’s official slogan — “Follansbee Never Fails” — ought to be changed. “That’s a kind of egotistical type of thinking,” he explains. Perhaps not. The slogan can be considered in any number of ways. Perhaps learning what its ...

Pats on the Back

- To all involved in making the Mountain East Conference basketball tournament in Wheeling a success ­— especially to WesBanco Arena General Manager Denny Magruder and his staff. - To Wheeling Park High School graduate Sarah Ihlenfeld, who is one of 15 West Virginia University students ...

Education Key To School Bill

Gov. Jim Justice is right to want to keep promises he and some key legislators made to West Virginia public employees last fall. He is also correct in thinking that boosting the pay of public school employees is only half the battle in improving education in our state. It seems highly ...

Avoid Last-Day Chaos at Capitol

Bills were being read by title and approved by votes at a rapid pace in both the West Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate on Friday. Action will intensify today, as lawmakers try to beat the clock to get pet bills enacted before the session ends at midnight. Few regular legislative ...