Editorials

Paying to Save African Elephants

Even as President Donald Trump’s administration was loosening restrictions on importation of elephant body parts, some other countries were tightening them. Great Britain has banned the sale of most ivory, with a few exceptions for old musical instruments and works of art. Britain’s ban ...

View Proposal With Skepticism

Easy come, easy go. That might be the taxpayers’ lament regarding progress in curbing the growth of government bureaucracy. Just weeks ago, West Virginia legislators took a step in trimming one unnecessary layer in state government. They approved a bill to eliminate the Department of ...

Terrorists Not All In the Middle East

Middle Eastern nations clearly are ground zero for Islamic terrorism. But it is a plague in other regions, too. On Sunday, Boko Haram terrorists staged attacks in two villages in northeast Nigeria. At least 15 people were killed. More than 80 were wounded. It could have been worse. ...

Ensure Trust Is Being Earned

Power may corrupt, as has been said, but those very low in the government pecking order often enjoy the best opportunities to profit from wrongdoing. Another allegation of theft from local government is in the news. Dawn Lee, former fiscal officer for both Belmont County’s York Township ...

W.Va. Wild, But People Wonderful

It’s true that if outsiders slight our fellow Mountain State residents, we West Virginians pull together in defense of our neighbors. But from time to time, we have our own in-state differences of opinion. Take a comment made a few days ago in a published story about a program in Boone ...

W.Va. Children The Top Priority

Thousands of West Virginia children are in grave danger, most of them because of the drug abuse epidemic. Bless them — and we do not write that lightly — officials in the state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing what they can to protect the little ones. Forty-eight ...

Easter Reinforces Powerful Promise

There was alleged “fake news” two millennia ago, too. Jesus Christ was no more than a political troublemaker, a social revolutionary, claimed those in power. He was not the Messiah in whom some had faith, they insisted. So they put an end to the revolution — or so they thought. They ...

Investigating the Facts On Drug Abuse Crisis

We cannot afford to go on wild goose chases in our effort to battle the scourge of drug abuse. As U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., points out, some anti-drug initiatives may be based on false premises. During a fact-finding visit to the Moundsville Pharmacy last week, McKinley sought ...

Heritage Trail Safety Important

Wheeling police have done a commendable job of cleaning up some of the city’s neighborhoods. Now, they should tackle what could be the toughest nut of all to crack: the Heritage Trail. As we reported Thursday, three robberies have taken place on the trail during the past two months. In at ...

Mixing New Ideas With Experience

Mayor Glenn Elliott is right: Fresh faces need to be seen on some of Wheeling’s volunteer boards and commissions. That does not mean veterans of good, faithful service for many years ought to be told “thanks, but no thanks,” however. Four important municipal bodies have vacancies. ...

Paying for Better Roads and Bridges

No one likes to have to pay the government more. Then again, no one likes it when their car or truck bounces from one pothole to another. Belmont County commissioners want to do something about the latter. At the urging of county Engineer Terry Lively, they plan to increase vehicle license ...

Deterring Prank School Threats

Since the massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year, there have been about half a dozen threats of violence at schools in our area. Educators and law enforcement agencies have dealt effectively with all of them. Because many involve juveniles, the public may never know precisely ...

Charge Those Who Knew of Crimes

Larry Nassar deserves all the punishment the courts can pile on him. The former sports doctor is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Equally as despicable are those who knew something was amiss but failed to stop Nassar from sexually assaulting hundreds of college and Olympic ...

Legal Marijuana Process Flawed

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...

N. Korean Leader Cannot Be Trusted

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Pulling Ourselves Up by Bootstraps

As we have been pointing out for some time now, the economy in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle is not as rosy as natural gas development might lead one to expect. In fact, in Brooke and Hancock counties, the situation is not good at all. How bad is it? Consider this: Many observers ...

Unity a Message To Russian Leader

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

Teaching Teachers Is Important, Too

On a regular basis, public school teachers are told they are being given new tools to educate students. How to use them? You figure it out. That makes no more sense than giving a do-it-yourselfer welding equipment, then wishing him lots of luck. Ohio County public school officials hope to ...

In-School Clinic Is a Good Idea

In many public schools, the only option for teachers when a student complains of not feeling well is to call parents or guardians and send the youngster home. Jefferson County Health Department officials want to change that. During their meeting last week, Buckeye Local Board of Education ...

Volunteers Who Keep Us All Safe

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we rely primarily on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to help us when disaster strikes. Nationwide, 85 percent of fire departments are staffed either partially or entirely by volunteers. They receive nothing for their skill and ...