Editorials

Armed Man May Have Saved Lives

What if Stephen Willeford had not noticed what was going on at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday — and sprung into action? We can never know with certainty. But there is reason to believe that the man Willeford confronted would have gone on to kill more ...

Drawing a Firm Line on Conflicts

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Puerto Rico Getting Good Deal in Aid

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Change Requires Political Courage

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no ...

Tuesday Election Important in Ohio

Ohioans helped elect a president last year. Races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be decided next year. So why bother going to the polls for statewide balloting this Tuesday? Because it’s important. Races for local government posts including mayor and council members ...

EPA Right to Plan For Hearing in W.Va.

You may remember that when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was holding hearings on its Clean Power Plan, the agency was at pains to avoid giving people in coal states opportunities to comment. The 2015 hearings were held in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Now the ...

Don’t Miss Out On a Good Bet

West Virginia did not have to be put in the position of playing catch-up to other states on an excellent money-making opportunity, legalized sports and online gambling. But as of this week, that is where we are. It has been suggested for years that the Mountain State, which already permits ...

Just Say ‘No’ To Ohio Issue 2

Ohioans have been bombarded for weeks with advertisements for and against Issue 2 on the Tuesday election ballot. Much of it has been slick stuff produced with the intent to appeal to emotion, not fact. But what is the truth? Perhaps the slickest achievement of Issue 2’s backers was in ...

Budget Caution Is Appropriate

Local government officials often seem to be on edge about budget issues. Good. That is the appropriate attitude on spending the public’s money. This week, Steubenville City Council members told the municipal finance director, David Lewis, they have concerns about the 2018 budget. ...

Ensure Tax Bill Makes a Difference

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Tax Funds Being Used Improperly

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely. But transparent foolishness simply is not tolerated in the relatively small towns and cities in our area. One does not have to go far to find examples of misuse of tax dollars, however. Take what happened Monday during a Columbus City ...

Stop Terrorism By Destroying Leaders

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Find New Site For Bus Stop

It is good that Wheeling has Greyhound bus service in the downtown business district. It is not so good that the site where passengers get on and off the buses is right in front of a restaurant. Vagabond Kitchen owner Matt Welsch’s concern is understandable. People waiting for buses ...

Blochs Contributed In Important Ways

Two people who did a great deal of good not just in Wheeling but also in the wider world have passed from our midst. They are Stuart Bloch, who died Sunday, and his wife Stephanie, who died in August. The Blochs would be remembered for their support of West Virginia University, if nothing ...

Your Tax Dollars …

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

Both Parties Trying Harder to Defeat Themselves

I recently wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have been on or the son of someone on the presidential ticket in seven ...

Americans Do Need a Tax Cut

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. ...

Renew Levy In Steubenville

For more than half a century, Steubenville voters have engaged in an important kinds of voluntarism. Periodically during that period, they have been asked to approved 5-mill property tax levies to support municipal government. They have done so, every time. It is difficult to conceive of a ...

Speed Project Permit Process

If, as many Ohio Valley residents hope, PTT Global Chemical constructs an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, it will require a stable supply of ethane. We are not going out on a limb in suggesting that is one of the key factors in PTT executives’ consideration of whether to build the ...

Investigate Power Deal in Puerto Rico

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...