Editorials

Rethink Foster Care System

Among the most heartbreaking aspects of the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia is the effect it has on children. Many have to be taken from their parents for their own safety. That, in turn, has resulted in a severe shortage of foster homes. Of the more than 6,000 Mountain State children ...

Getting Answers On RISE Failure

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed ...

Taking Care of Ohio Infrastructure Needs

Thoughtful Ohio legislators go into the new year with some bad news to ponder. It came last year in the form of a report that the state lacks adequate funding to maintain highways and bridges. According to the report, by 2040, the state Department of Transportation will need $55 billion to ...

Longterm Jobs Vital

News last week that the Weirton-Steubenville Metropolitan area is in the midst of a boom in construction jobs was gratifying. About 2,400 people are employed by that industry in the area, which includes Jefferson, Brooke and Hancock counties. But those jobs will last only as long as it ...

Evaluate Math Initiative Soon

Give West Virginia Department of Education officials credit for coming up with a catchy name for their initiative to improve Mountain State students’ achievement in mathematics. They call it math4life. But will it accomplish what needs to happen in our schools? Last fall, results of ...

Improve Schools In St. Clairsville

Proponents of an expensive plan to build new St. Clairsville-Richland schools had to have been shocked by the margin by which their plan was rejected by voters on Nov. 6. Unofficial returns showed a proposed $79.9 million bond issue to fund the construction was defeated by vote of ...

Recycling Bags Made of Plastic

Among the biggest environmental concerns regarding plastics is that over shopping bags made of the material. Keeping them out of landfills and, perhaps more important, out of bodies of water is critical, we are being told. A seemingly obvious way to address the challenge is to encourage ...

Keep Reclamation Program Funded

Environmentalists and the coal industry often find themselves glaring angrily at one another over the issues fence that so frequently divides them. They agree on an important issue in Ohio, however, according to The Associated Press. Both groups are worried about funding of a state program ...

Pursuing I-68 Extension Plan

With existing highways and bridges serving this region of the state in deplorable condition, it may be difficult to envision where West Virginia can get the resources to construct another major transportation artery. Yet expansion of Interstate 68 needs to remain on state leaders’ radar ...

Some in Government Still Public Servants

He’d love to help us with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told one of our journalists on Monday, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job Monday. Still, he answered some questions, doing his best to help. ...

Veterans’ Court Worth Pursuing

Among the many things some veterans of military service sacrifice for us is their mental well-being. Some emerge from the armed forces suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other challenges that can make it difficult to function. Sometimes, that lands them in trouble with the ...

There’s Still Time To Get Flu Shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Reversing Decay In Steubenville

Steubenville City Council members certainly did not intend it that way, but their timing in approval of higher utility rates was appropriate. It occurred just in time for city residents and business owners to be reminded of the need to devote more resources to infrastructure. Colder weather ...

Ensure Child Care Centers Are Good

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

Finding Solution For W.Va. Roads

Nearly a month ago, Marshall County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook put his finger on what simply must be a top priority for state government during the new year. “Somebody’s going to get killed, and we need to fix the roads before that,” Crook said during an early-December public ...

Get I-70 Project Moving in Spring

Last August, state officials opened bids for a massive project to repair and improve Interstate 70 in Ohio County. To their shock, proposals came in nearly $75 million over the estimated $201 million for the work. That prompted Gov. Jim Justice and Division of Highways officials to decide ...

Curb Corruption At Ohio Agency

Many people probably believe that when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and the fact is a gift to those out to swindle taxpayers. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements ...

Settle Governor’s Residence Issue

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where ...

Going Slow On W.Va. Budget

A few days into January, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly ...

Make High School Diplomas Count

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that Incomplete grade in School Reform 1. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...