Editorials

Bureaucrats Are Wasting Lives

During the past year, West Virginians have had plenty of reasons to be upset with state government. We learned of foot-dragging in getting $150 million in help to victims of severe flooding. Then it came to light that for years, no one was minding the fiscal and ethical stores at the state ...

Helping Wetzel, Monroe Counties

Fifteen West Virginia counties are categorized by the Appalachian Regional Commission as “economically distressed.” While most of them are in the southern half of the state, a recent addition is not. It is Wetzel County. Just across the Ohio River, Monroe County is in trouble, too. It ...

Regulate Wind Farms

Wind farms to generate electricity are wonderful for the environment, Americans have been led to believe. The truth is more complicated. Tall towers on which enormous spinning blades are mounted can be massive killers of birds. Officials at the Ohio Power Siting Board want to minimize that ...

Find Out What Went Wrong

When more than three dozen school band members have to be taken to hospitals for heat-related sickness, something has gone wrong — badly. It happened Thursday at John Marshall High School’s Monarch Field. As we reported, 37 students had to be taken by ambulance to local hospitals. ...

Be Conservative On State Budget

Gov. Jim Justice deserves to revel in his “I told you so” moment over West Virginia’s state budget. At the same time, legislators who doubted him earlier this year are to be encouraged to keep up the good work. Just two months into the fiscal year, collections for the general revenue ...

Protecting Society From Viciousness

Five people arrested in Braxton County several days ago ought to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives, if they are guilty of charges against them. West Virginia State Police say Zachary Bailey, 27, is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl and recording the attacks on video. ...

Alter Residency Rule for Workers

The improving economy in our region is a good thing, unless you happen to be an employer trying to hire new workers. That can be a challenge for local government officials, as we have reported many times. Weirton officials are considering a change in rules for municipal employees, for that ...

More Money Not Always a Solution

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Set Up Belmont Veterans Court

More than 5,200 veterans of military service live in Belmont County, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of them have had — and will have — brushes with the law. A substantial number of them might not have gotten into trouble but for the physical and mental ...

Farm Subsidies Are Big Conflicts

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions ...

Recycling Rather Than Dumping

Recycling may be headed for the trash can in some regions of the country, including ours. Last spring, Moundsville shut down its program. This week, two popular recycling collection sites in Ohio County were shut down. In our area as well as many others, the problem is that not everyone is ...

Pursuing Proposal For Basketball Court

Off and on — but mostly off — Moundsville officials have been thinking for more than 25 years about what to do with a small piece of city-owned property at Ruby and Garfield streets. Now, city council members are discussing construction of a basketball court at the site. As we explained ...

Keep Law Officers From Getting Killed

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an email that, “I will not allow my folks to go through ...

Panel’s Future Is in Question

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger ...

Aiding Victims Of Despotic Socialism

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Give Yourself A Pat on Back

Politicians love to brag about how much they have done to improve our local, state and national economies. They know the truth, however: Government’s role — a substantial one, to be sure — is limited to two behaviors: Our city councils, state legislatures and Congress can keep our ...

Doing More With Less in America

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Rethink Market Street Project

When Wheeling City Council bought four old buildings on Market Street a few years ago, officials thought it was a risk worth taking. But as the cost of repairing them mounts and no one in the private sector can be persuaded to buy them, the project needs to be reevaluated. It may be time ...

Battling Plague Of Drug Abuse

On Friday, we reported plans for the Sept. 15 observance in Wheeling of a statewide “Day of Hope” focusing on the substance abuse crisis. On the same day, a grim report made it clear we can use all the hope we can muster. Last year, 1,011 people died of drug overdoses in West ...

Funding Sewer System Plan

It is surprising in a way that no state or federal agency has come down hard on residents of Hannibal, Sardis and Duffy. The three Monroe County communities are adjacent to the Ohio River — and none has a central sewage treatment system. That could change if a proposal discussed during ...