Editorials

Keep Bail System In Operation Here

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...

Explanation Of Payout Needed

Someone made a mistake, or the Buckeye Local Board of Education would not be paying out $70,000 to make a lawsuit go away. Taxpayers have a right to know what happened. During their meeting Monday night, board members agreed to pay Angela Hicks $70,000. She had been director of federal ...

Get Best Trade Deals for U.S.

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican ...

Taking Action Over Threats

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

McCain Right About Americans

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

More State Funds Needed Badly

Just two-thirds of the way through the year, Jefferson County has nearly run out of money to pay attorneys who represent criminal defendants unable to cover their own costs. County commissioners may have no choice but to dig around their budget and find supplemental funding. At the current ...

HUD Should Give Brilliant the Money

Federal officials still are being hard-headed about a simple mistake that could cost Brilliant water and sewer customers $500,000. That needs to end. Brilliant Water and Sewer District officials are planning $3.6 million in upgrades, including a new water treatment plant. For a time, it had ...

Keep School Bus Speeds Below 70

West Virginia Board of Education members were right to slam the brakes on a proposal to permit school buses to travel at 70 mph. Now, they should put the idea in park. Several state public education policy changes are being considered by the board. But members have tabled a proposal ...

Reconsider Harsh ADA Enforcement

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Agreement On Plan Important

St. Clairsville officials and Belmont County commissioners are off to a good start in a plan to freshen up the appearance of the city’s downtown business district. Located in the middle of the district, the courthouse was renovated extensively last year. That made the need to upgrade the ...

Letting Kim Know We Are Skeptical

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Shut Down ‘Pill Mills’ in W.Va.

The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic. Local, state ...

Promoting State However Possible

A new online video game, “Fallout 76,” is set in West Virginia, as we reported Sunday. That is wonderful news for our state. Video games, especially the post-apocalyptic sort, are not everyone’s cup of tea. This one, with survivors of a nuclear war battling ghouls, mutants, etc., ...

Ensuring Dam Is Not a Danger

Someone qualified to inspect dams needs to examine the one at Epworth Park in Bethesda soon. And if it proves to have deteriorated as severely as a woman living near it believes, state officials should take emergency measures to repair it. During their meeting last week, Bethesda Village ...

McCain a True American Hero

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Punishment Lacking

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

Getting Two-Year Colleges on Agenda

Perhaps Gov. Jim Justice is right to insist a panel examining four-year colleges and universities stick to its original mission. But at some point — the sooner, the better — community and technical colleges need to be looked at, too. Justice established the Blue Ribbon Commission on ...

Pats on the Back

n To law enforcement resource officers in Ohio County schools, who were honored recently. Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard was cited for ongoing service to the resource officer program. Deputies Sgt. Chuck Kittle and Chad Clatterbuck were given the “Outstanding Community Service Award.” ...

Slow Down or Else

Stopping a car traveling at 35 mph takes much longer than braking it to a halt from 15 mph. The difference can be deadly to children crowding sidewalks and sometimes darting out into streets near schools. In both our states, the speed limit in school zones is 15 mph when children are ...

Ohio Issue 1 Wrong Approach on Drugs

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, ...