Editorials

Being Flexible On ‘Floodway’ Rule

It appears Dillonvale residents will have to put up with water dripping on their heads from the village event center’s leaky roof because of the possibility that, figuratively speaking, their feet may get wet. With enthusiastic support from county and regional officials, the village had ...

Rating Addiction Treatment Plans

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

Historic Stone Span Is Worth Preserving

Try this, for fun: Go to an engineer and ask her or him to design a highway bridge that will last a century. Be prepared to get laughed out of the office. It can be done. We in Wheeling are fortunate to have two such bridges. The Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River, built in 1849, is the ...

Injection Well Safeguards Vital

Truck traffic seems to be the primary concern on the minds of some people living near a site where two injection wells to accept fracking waste from oil and gas drilling are to be located. But state officials considering permits for the project should be focused on what may go on underground. ...

Recognizing Real Heroes Among Us

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord is to be dedicated as a ...

Saving Cash For Rainy Day

All of us, upon finding more money than expected or needed in our checking accounts, are tempted to go shopping. Experience teaches us we never know what is around the bend, however. Socking some or all of that surplus cash away for a rainy day is the wise course of action. That is how ...

Put Order on New Districts on Hold

What’s the rush? That is the question U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to be asking judges on a federal court in Ohio. Ohio’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn, the three-judge panel has ordered. Its members contend the current districts represent unconstitutional ...

Lessen Safety Building Cost

Few of the Wheeling voters who last year said no to a proposed new public safety building did so because of objections to the site where it was to be located, in our opinion. It was the price tag — $20 million — that dismayed most of those who cast ballots against the plan. It is true, ...

Helping Us Need Health Care Less

It appears the announcement last week that The Health Plan and the West Virginia University Health System are forming a partnership is good news for the Wheeling area. If anything, it could mean more local employees added to The Health Plan’s still-new headquarters in our city. More ...

Information Key To Water Decision

St. Clairsville resident Bill Brooks is right about one thing: Aqua Ohio, the company that has indicated interest in taking over the city’s water system “is not coming to bail us out out of the goodness of their heart.” No company can make such decisions solely on the basis of doing ...

Report Animal Cruelty Cases

Had more attention been paid to Belmont County resident Shania Wells after charges related to mistreatment of animals were handled in 2017, some animals’ lives might have been saved. But can such a tragedy be avoided in the future? That remains to be seen. Wells was sentenced to 90 ...

Your Vote Makes Difference Locally

Declining interest in local government is on display all too frequently in low voter turnout for municipal and county elections and referendums. Failing to go to the polls can make an enormous difference in such situations. A municipal primary election was held in Martins Ferry on Tuesday. ...

Getting the Truth In St. Clairsville

Some St. Clairsville residents may be hoping a lawsuit filed by Police Chief Jeff Henry goes to trial soon. With any luck, it may set to rest a controversy that has pitted some city council members against others and against Mayor Terry Pugh. Last month, Henry filed a lawsuit against ...

Public Employees Owed Our Thanks

Public employees — the people we see repairing our roads, handing out traffic tickets, helping children whose safety is at risk, dealing with the paperwork we have to file and handling thousands of other tasks — are easy targets for our wrath at government in general. They don’t ...

Keep Guns Out Of Wrong Hands

Steubenville resident Tyrelle Gilbert wasn’t supposed to have any guns. His 1998 conviction on a felonious assault charge carried with it a ban on possession of firearms. But Gilbert, 36, had three guns last May. He used one of them to kill another man in a bar shootout. On May 24, ...

Clear Backlog In Ohio Medicaid

While it is always tempting for new administrations to throw their predecessors under the bus as problems are discovered, it appears there may be some reason for Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran to be frustrated. There is a backlog of more than 70,000 applications from Ohioans seeking ...

Placing Blame For Bad Roofs

If you are a homeowner, you probably expect the roof over your head to last for more than 11 years. Martins Ferry Board of Education members have the same opinion. Roofs on some Martins Ferry school buildings constructed about 11 years ago began leaking not long after the structures were ...

Redrawing Lines For Lawmakers

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Instill Empathy Among Students

It has been said and written that empathy is not a quality that stands out among young people. Sometimes (see editorial below) that is because we adults do not make the effort to instill it in them. But they do it at Brooke Middle School in Wellsburg. Last week, an assembly at the school ...

Using Social Media To Expose Bigotry

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One “promposal” in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the ...