Editorials

Get Best Price For Care Center

Monroe County commissioners cannot continue pouring money into the Monroe Care Center. Their responsibility to taxpayers makes that clear. But for the very same reason, commissioners have a duty to obtain the most money they can through any arrangement to sell the facility. In order to ...

Serving, Protecting Even at Great Risk

A Benwood man may be alive today because local police officers risked their lives to save him. At a time when attention often seems focused on alleged misdeeds by law enforcement personnel, it behooves the public to consider the heroism so many display. As we reported, the Benwood man was ...

Honoring a Role Model for All of Us

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

Healing Will Be Ongoing Process

As Roman Catholic Archbishop William Lori pointed out in an interview we published Sunday, restoring trust in the church’s Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will be an ongoing process. What church leaders must keep in mind is that Catholics in the diocese will be watching closely, for ...

Remind Children Of Bike Safety Rules

Two accidents involving children on bicycles have occurred in our area during the past several days. In one, a 9-year-old boy in Martins Ferry apparently rode his bike out in front of a car driven by a 17-year-old girl. The boy was injured seriously and hospitalized. In the second accident, ...

Guard Against Census Errors

The face-reality crowd in West Virginia sometimes laughs at how local government officials react to U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicating that some of our cities and counties are losing population. A common excuse offered by mayors and county commissioners is that the feds missed some people ...

Teaching Students How To Be Healthy

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But Ohio is the only state that has no health education ...

Get to Bottom Of RISE Flop

Nearly a year and a half ago, West Virginians learned to our dismay and anger that state government was sitting on more than $149 million in federal aid intended for victims of June 2016 floods that hit several southern counties hard. Gov. Jim Justice said he was furious. He sacked the agency ...

U.S. Vets Agency Shirks Duty Again

Here in the Mountain State, we revere our veterans of military service. We understand we owe them a great debt. The least we can do for them is take care of them if they become ill or infirm, we think. From state government to volunteer organizations, we make that a priority. Apparently the ...

Maintaining Bridges, Highways in W.Va.

State officials are right in explaining that when a highway bridge is rated as substandard, it does not necessarily mean it is unsafe. Of West Virginia Division of Highways inspectors believe a span is dangerous, they shut it down. Often reports that large numbers of bridges are not adequate ...

Get More Drug Abusers Help

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Update on Road Projects Needed

“Just give me this summer,” Gov. Jim Justice told a group of Marshall County residents upset about the condition of secondary roads in their county. Summer is nearing the halfway mark. How is the governor doing statewide? Earlier in the season, Department of Transportation officials ...

Benefits Can Be More Attractive

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Making Second Chance Easier

An arrest record, even for a non-violent offense, can be enough to keep a job applicant on the rolls of the unemployed. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a change that would help some of those folks continue to move forward. A bill passed by the House of Representatives and under ...

Thinking About Our Freedom

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us ...

Change Housing Aid Restrictions

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Aiding Young Trauma Victims

Here in West Virginia and Ohio, we are all too familiar with the effect various types of trauma can have on children. Much of it during recent years has stemmed from the drug abuse epidemic. Last year, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, teamed with a bipartisan coalition of ...

Rewarding Effort To Save Elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Curb Bullying In W.Va. Schools

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to ...

Taking a Dip in Pool, But Doing It Safely

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...