Editorials

Miracles Sometimes Part of the News

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Getting Help For Brilliant

Residents and business owners in Brilliant probably would be more understanding of a federal government decision that will cost them money if they believed the bureaucrats in Washington were held to the same standards. Too often, they are not. Officials of the Brilliant Water and Sewer ...

Setting Priorities For Public Schools

Fans of high school baseball and softball in Martins Ferry may have been looking forward to the city school district’s plan to upgrade fields used for the two sports. Unfortunately, that idea may have struck out. During their meeting last week, Martins Ferry Board of Education members ...

Getting Levy Center Back

For many local parents, the Augusta Levy Learning Center in Wheeling has been a critical resource for autistic children. Now, however, the facility’s future is uncertain. Once housed in the old Sacred Heart Church in Wheeling, the learning center became homeless Saturday, when fire ripped ...

Carbon Tax Would Be Costly for Many

Among the punitive solutions bandied about by those seeking to do something, anything, about climate change is a tax on carbon emissions. Our friends north of the border are giving us a chance to preview how that might work out for the United States. Canada plans to implement a “price on ...

Minimize I-70 Project Woes

Brace yourself for a nightmare, local residents, and bear in mind it is going to be a long one. West Virginia Division of Highways officials plan to open bids later this month for a major construction project on Interstate 70 right here in Ohio County. Seven miles of the highway will be ...

North Koreans Cannot be Trusted

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

Teaching Youths To Shun Drugs

If we hope to ever make a dent in the substance abuse crisis in West Virginia, we have to convince young people misusing drugs is a bad idea. We are not doing very well at that. Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual High School Youth Risk ...

Mismanagement Costing Millions

Allegations of outright fraud certainly ought to outrage West Virginians. But what about mismanagement — let’s be honest and call it bureaucratic laziness — that probably cost taxpayers even more than corruption? Years after legislators demanded the answer to a simple question, state ...

Helping Children Caught in the Crisis

Children are being taken from their homes by the state at a terrible rate in West Virginia. Federal officials rank us as No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation. Blame the drug abuse epidemic. We see it time and time again right here in our area: Law enforcement officers go to a home, find children ...

Don’t Just Pay More for PEIA

Fifty million here, fifty million there, and pretty soon, you’re talking real money. Apologies to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., who usually is credited with warning that government spending can get out of control by saying that, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty ...

Reforming Ohio Public Education

Give Ohio Gov. John Kasich credit for not having a dog in the fight he waged over public education for several months. By the time House Bill 512 could have gone into effect, Kasich would have been out of office. But though his motives appeared pure, Kasich’s idea was a bad one. He wanted ...

Helping Battle NAS in W.Va.

One in 20 babies born in West Virginia comes into the world addicted to illicit drugs, primarily opioids. For those who understand the problem, neonatal abstinence syndrome, recognizing the level it has reached in our state is heartbreaking. NAS babies are addicted to drugs, because ...

$100 Trillion Debt Just Over Horizon

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is ...

Zero Tolerance Needs Rethought

Fourth of July festivities at one home in Henry County, Ga., may not have included fireworks — at least, not the little “poppers” or “bang-snap” devices that produce a mild explosion when thrown against a hard surface. Even the sight of them may make members of that family angry, one ...

Learn More About Cadet’s Dismissal

Here’s hoping the U.S. Air Force is on board with the “me too” movement. If recent history is any guide, the service’s attitude toward stopping sexual assault is open to question. Just a few years ago, Air Force Academy cadet Eric Thomas was approached by the Air Force’s Office ...

How Did Private Charities Do It?

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Punish Those Who Prey on Immigrants

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Still Striving For Perfection

As most Americans observe Independence Day, a few among us insist July 4 is nothing to celebrate. The United States of American is flawed deeply, they insist. We should forget the Declaration of Independence, repeal the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and start anew, some cynics ...

U.S. Exceptional In Eyes of Many

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us, not just about our government but about us as ...