Editorials

Earmark Funds For Development

With something of an unofficial Weirton landmark set to explode into history Saturday morning, it is a good thing municipal officials have reason to be confident about the future. To speed the good things along, they should ensure the city has resources available to capitalize on ...

Higher Taxes Not Always a Solution

On the eve of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address Tuesday, One Ohio Now issued its annual report “How Does Ohio Measure Up?” The progressive-leaning group acknowledged the state has made some improvements, but still has much work to do. Numbers used in the report are, ...

Talking to Kids About ‘Vaping’

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at Edison High School last Friday. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Honoring Students For Work in Class

Hancock County Board of Education members may want to rethink requirements for graduating from high school with “highest honors” — but they should not weaken the academic standards for that. Board members are being asked to rewrite the “highest honors” criteria, to address the ...

Keeping Promise To W.Va. Seniors

State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice may find themselves scrambling this week to keep all the promises made to West Virginians during the past several months. Pay raises for public employees, new subsidies for their health insurance program, a tax break for coal companies and new initiatives ...

Capitalizing on Plan For Facebook Cable

Monday’s announcement that social media giant Facebook will lay a heavy-duty fiber optic cable across West Virginia was truly big news. Now, state officials should prepare to capitalize on it. It was appropriate that U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined state officials and ...

Revive Grants For Renovations

Giving owners of commercial buildings just a little help in renovating them can have a big impact. Officials in both Steubenville and Wheeling can testify to that. But Steubenville’s program to provide grants aiding property owners has lapsed. City Councilman Scott Dressel wants to revive ...

Have Clean Debate Over Tax on Fuel

Like many other states, Ohio has a semi-transparent system of funding highway and bridge maintenance and construction. The vast majority of state funding for the purpose comes from a tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. More than a billion dollars a year is derived from that source. Gov. Mike ...

Keeping MEC In Wheeling, Too

Put together a first-class venue, easy access because of our location, plentiful dining and lodging options for visitors and community-minded sponsors, and it is easy to see why Mountain East Conference officials chose Wheeling as the new home of their annual basketball tournament. Now, ...

Planning Ahead For I-70 Detours

No doubt the absence of some sections of Interstate 70, once a major construction project takes off, will make the hearts of many local residents fonder of the highway. Temporary closure, perhaps beginning as early as next fall, may be a bigger inconvenience for short-hop I-70 drivers than for ...

Compromise On Court Funding

Among multiple budget battles state legislators will work to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state ...

Finding Owners Of Problem Buildings

Merely finding the owners of rundown buildings that ought to be demolished can be quite a chore. Ask virtually any mayor or city manager in the Ohio Valley. When they can be found, they often cannot afford the expense of tearing down the dilapidated buildings they own. But Bellaire ...

Consider Adding New Firefighters

Some Weirton City Council members seem to agree with Fire Chief Jerry Shumate that the community needs more paid firefighters. The question, as Councilman George Ash put it last week, is “how are we going to pay for it?” “We have been quite grossly understaffed for years,” Shumate ...

Finding Money For Ohio Roads

Telling constituents it is going to cost them $2-$4 more every time they fill their gasoline tanks is not a prospect likely to appeal to many Ohio legislators. So it is no wonder there has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for Gov. Mike DeWine’s suggestion that the state increase its tax on ...

Firming Up Garage Plans

How far along an Ohio-based developer has progressed in his proposal to renovate the old Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building in Wheeling is not known. For many reasons, people in that line of business tend to hold their cards close to the vest. But Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, in his State of ...

Employ Additional Security Officers

Fences and surveillance technology certainly can be important in keeping criminals out of a place. But human law enforcement personnel are essential to get the job done. No, we are not referring to the border between the United States and Mexico. The topic at hand is apartment complexes ...

Governing Our Towns, Cities

When one talks about government, most people seem to think in terms of Washington or, perhaps, state capitals. But President Donald Trump does not ensure your garbage is collected. Congress does very little to support law enforcement in your town. And if a pothole needs patched on your street, ...

Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

Vastly more people die of tobacco-related illnesses than of any cause linked to alcohol. Yet in West Virginia, where we require purchasers of alcoholic beverages to be at least 21 years of age, we continue to sell tobacco to anyone who has reached 18. That is absurd. A bill approved ...

Get the Facts On Woodward

No wonder Hancock County Board of Education members have delayed voting on whether to renew school Superintendent Tim Woodward’s contract. A number of serious allegations have been made against him. They include “targeting and harassment of teachers.” Before any action can be taken on ...

Mandating Without Providing Money

No doubt many public schools in West Virginia ought to have more qualified people available to counsel students. Full-fledged psychologists are called for to help some children, especially during the current drug abuse crisis that has affected so many parents. So, at first glance, a bill ...