Editorials

Cooperation Vital On Cracker Plant

Not many years ago, the thought of officials from Ohio and West Virginia sitting down together to strategize on economic development would have seemed far-fetched. When the issues were relatively limited opportunities, that seemed natural. But the potential for construction of an ethane ...

Uphold Property Owners’ Rights

Officials in many cities are frustrated at owners of buildings who allow them to deteriorate year after year instead of tearing them down and making the land available for development. When structures become safety and/or health hazards, local governments can order owners to do something ...

Make America First On Driverless Cars

We’ve all heard about “driverless” cars, more properly referred to as autonomous vehicles. Navigating us to and fro on their own, without the need of a driver to provide steering, acceleration or braking input, they are the wave of the future. An important forum on issues facing that ...

Creating Jobs For Ohioans

It is ironic that Democrat candidates for governor in Ohio are saying they want to focus on job creation. That and complaints about incumbent Gov. John Kasich dominated a debate among four Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tuesday in Martins Ferry. Our region of the state once was an ...

Recreation Plan Requires Caution

A proposal for a privately owned new indoor recreational complex in Moundsville certainly is intriguing. At first glance, it seems like something city officials should support. Were the proposal to be an entirely private-sector endeavor, there would be no question about that. Government’s ...

Indeed, She Did Sound Heartless

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to admit it was ...

Fund Health Study On Surface Mines

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Creating Local Inspection Unit

The process by which developers of commercial buildings in Belmont County get their structures inspected to ensure they meet building codes does not appear to make a lot of sense: Instead of calling a locally based inspector, contractors must call Washington County for one. That can cause ...

Honoring Heroes

Young people who entered college this fall were just babies 16 years ago this week, when the defining hours of our era occurred. Many first responders active today were not on the job then. It would be easy for many of them, as well as tens of millions of other Americans, to think little ...

Officers Are Educators, Too

Public school officials have to juggle a number of important priorities for spending money. Most want to reserve as much as possible for programs that enhance education. Resource officers — law enforcement personnel whose “beats” are school hallways — meet that test. Sometimes, that ...

Helping Our Other Fellow Americans

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Why the Secrecy On School Plan?

Let us hope Gov. Jim Justice takes a good look, on the public’s behalf, at a proposed plan for how West Virginia schools will be managed in the future. We’ll all have to rely on Justice because, apparently, we’re not allowed to see the plan. State Board of Education members, in a ...

Company’s Lapse Increased Danger

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

There’s New Drug Concern

Just when we may have thought it was possible to spot a tiny ray of light in our area’s battle against opioid abuse, a dark cloud has appeared. Efforts to educate young people on the dangers of opioids, both those dispensed legally for pain relief and those sold on the street as heroin, ...

Path to Recovery Still Rocky in W.Va.

Officially, West Virginia emerged from the Great Recession about a year ago. Now, some economists and state government leaders see new reason for optimism about the economy. Last week, West Virginia University economists reported their Mountain State Business Index posted gains during 11 of ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To all involved in a special blood drive held last Tuesday at John Marshall High School, in memory of 16-year-old Abigail “Abby” Frohnapfel, who died in August after battling leukemia. The event was held by the John Marshall Blood Drive Club, the Marshall County Childhood Cancer ...

Sewer System Work Needed

Those “unexpected” expenses that plague most of us — the car needs a new transmission, the house needs a new roof, etc. — really should not be surprises. If you own something, it needs to be repaired occasionally. So it is with the infrastructure that serves us collectively. ...

Buckle Up, Put On Helmet, Stay Alive

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Insist Dispensary Rules Be Obeyed

Marijuana, or at least the active ingredient in it, will be for sale legally in East Ohio at some point. Local officials are right to have very mixed feelings about that. Steubenville officials had imposed a six-month moratorium on permitting a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the ...

Sending the Wrong Message on Weight

Government has no business telling fashion companies they cannot use ultra-skinny models. The companies should be doing that voluntarily. A new law in France, set to go into effect Oct. 1, provides such a ban. It requires both male and female models to obtain certificates indicating ...