Editorials

Handling Justice Without Delays

Justice sometimes must proceed slowly and deliberately. We have all heard of it taking years to try and convict people guilty of heinous crimes. But take note of what has happened during the past 10 months in Belmont County. There, on the night of June 7 last year, four men and a woman ...

Surgeon General Getting Involved

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Here in West ...

Settle Bethesda Police Turmoil

Bethesda officials have a police department problem, perhaps more complex than meets the eye at first glance. It needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. For several weeks, police Chief Eric Smith has been under fire from some members of Bethesda Village Council. Earlier this month, he ...

Expanding Internet Availability in Ohio

A proposal to expand accessibility to broadband internet service in Ohio may have its bugs, but state lawmakers should pursue it. It is unfortunate, but the cost of providing broadband service in some regions of the state — including here in rural sections of East Ohio — is high enough ...

Training to Keep Our Schools Safe

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You ...

Take Another Look At Spending Plan

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly ...

Ask Questions About Projects

Bellaire Village Council members are right to be asking questions about a $4.5 million plan to upgrade the municipal water treatment plant. They should continue doing so. Too often when taxpayers’ money is being used, government officials don’t ask enough questions. Cost overruns, ...

Going Public With Allegation

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

It’s a Hot Idea To Battle Crisis

No single tactic, regardless of how powerful it appears to be, will rescue us from the drug abuse crisis. Only a strategy including multiple and varied steps will do the trick. It happens that proven mastery of one of them resides right here in Wheeling, hiding behind the frozen treats many ...

Preserving the Old Suspension Bridge

For more than a century and a half, Wheeling’s beloved Suspension Bridge has survived everything nature and human beings could throw at it. But even an engineering marvel can stand only so much abuse — and the span has received plenty of that during recent years. Just last week, it had ...

Keeping Selves Safe

Wheeling police are to be commended for stepping up patrols on and near the Heritage Trail, following a spate of robberies there. There have been no incidents since the crackdown. Unfortunately, criminals tend to react to such law enforcement action by moving to other neighborhoods. That is ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To the anonymous donor who contributed $37,500 to the Wheeling Police Department, enabling it to purchase several pieces of new equipment. Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he and officers are “extremely grateful” for the good deed. ∫ To Faith in Action Caregivers, which ...

Unsustainable Urban Renewal

An unfortunate fact of life in Wheeling is that the city contains many rundown buildings. They detract from the appeal of the downtown business district as well as some residential neighborhoods. Just this week, municipal officials discussed a private-sector proposal to renovate two ...

Social Media Rules Have Their Limits

During the past week, we have heard complaints about social media from officials in no fewer than three separate local government entities. Their frustration is understandable, but there is very little they can do about the situation. Moundsville needs a social media policy for municipal ...

Priorities Askew?

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. West Virginia and Ohio are ...

Hold Down Cost Of Running City

It would be nice if Steubenville had the 42-45 paid firefighters a national organization recommends. It also would be nice if city officials did not have to pinch pennies to keep their budget balanced. During a meeting of City Council’s Safety Committee this week, fire department staffing ...

Don’t Leave Allies Behind to Suffer

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position, with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time for U.S. troops to be pulled out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria ...

Stop Corruption At Local Level

Details of an investigation into allegedly fraudulent activity by a former city employee in Wheeling are sparse this week. That is not uncommon during an ongoing law enforcement probe. What is known is this: A week ago, Mayor Glenn Elliott and City Manager Robert Herron were informed of the ...

Spying Revelation Not Unexpected

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed this week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

Cutting Building Removal Costs

Quite likely the dirtiest of dirty words to local government officials dealing with dilapidated buildings is “asbestos.” It can be exceedingly costly to raze a structure containing the material. Asbestos abatement can be more costly than all other demolition costs combined. But have ...