Editorials

Curb Bullying In W.Va. Schools

Improving public schools has been a recurring topic among educators, legislators and many other West Virginians during the past couple of years. One advance would be to ensure all children are in the right frame of mind to learn. Youngsters who are afraid suffer in that regard. And, to ...

Taking a Dip in Pool, But Doing It Safely

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Helping NAS Babies in W.Va.

Health care researchers in West Virginia have become experts on neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. Unfortunately, in-state expertise is necessary. Our state’s incidence of NAS is very high. NAS is a condition of newborn babies whose mothers abused opioid drugs. In effect, the infants ...

Making Elections In Ohio Secure

Oh, no, county-level election officials in Ohio may be thinking. Not another mandate from Columbus. Indeed there is one — and it is of critical importance. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county boards of elections to upgrade security against cyberattacks. Knowledge of ...

Moving Beyond 250 in Wheeling

Interpreted carefully, history can help us make the best of the future. So, what can Wheeling’s first 250 years as a community teach us? A variety of events focusing on the city’s first quarter-millenium have taken place this year, with more to come. A 40-page magazine inside today’s ...

Reducing Infant Mortality in Ohio

Across the country, one in 167 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. That translates to a fetal mortality rate in the U.S. of about 3.98 per 1,000 pregnancies. But in Ohio, the rate is 4.39 per 1,000. Ohio’s Department of Health is working to do something about that, and has partnered with ...

Debate Garage, Safety Building

Two proposals by city officials in Wheeling have sparked considerable controversy during the past year. They are for construction of a new public safety building and a large parking garage downtown. Time for Round Two. As we reported last weekend, city officials have reevaluated both ...

Fiscal Discipline Is Still Required

Within days, it should be known how well West Virginia’s state budget fared during the current fiscal year, which ends Sunday. It is likely Gov. Jim Justice will give another glowing report on revenue passing expectations. Indeed, the news has been good for much of the year. At the end of ...

Fund Removal Of Old Buildings

Few municipalities, townships or counties in Ohio can afford to spend much on demolishing dilapidated structures, though the need for such work is great. Here in East Ohio, hundreds of old buildings decay more by the month. Some are health and safety hazards, as well as obstacles to ...

Drive Carefully In Construction Zones

He began working for the West Virginia Division of Highways just a month ago. The 25-year-old was standing beside U.S. 52 in Wayne County on Monday, when at least one driver failed to heed the sign he was holding. It advised motorists to slow down because of road work. The DOH worker was ...

Act Swiftly On Dangers to Public

Local government officials enforcing building codes and other rules intended to safeguard against threats to health and safety are right to work with property owners in attempts to correct deficiencies — in many cases. But when clear and present danger exists, repairs need to be made ...

Delegates Right To Reject Proposal

History, including that of recent years, tells West Virginians that the unscrupulous among us will seize every opportunity to rip off taxpayers. Giving them another opening would be foolish. During their special session earlier this month, House of Delegates members were asked to approve a ...

Keep Up Pressure On ‘Motor Voter’

In the backs of some state legislators’ minds last week, as they approved spending more money on West Virginia’s “motor voter” initiative, may have been concern about the plan’s weak link — the Division of Motor Vehicles. “Motor voter” is the popular name for automatically ...

Gee Obvious Choice To Remain at WVU

West Virginia University has never been more important to our state. It follows, then, that having the best person available at the helm of WVU is vital. Fortunately, that person, WVU President E. Gordon Gee, is in place. Last week, the WVU Board of Governors agreed to extend his contract ...

Voters Will Want Full Explanation

Facing a $768,000 debt, officials in Bridgeport have had to dig deep to find ways to get village finances back on an even keel. If there is a source of additional income they did not consider, we cannot for the life of us think what it could be. Members of a state-mandated commission agreed ...

Capito Leadership Making Difference

Some members of Congress who have been vocal in wringing their hands over the humanitarian crisis among people coming across our southern border into the United States seem to be among those reluctant to do anything about it. Good for U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, for ...

Taking Next Step on Schools

It seems likely a public school improvement bill approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday will become law. Both state Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Gov. Jim Justice have said they agree with the measure. With enactment will come a variety of significant ...

Encourage Higher Education Options

About a year ago, a respected national university began offering Ohioans new options for higher education. They can take online courses to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields where there are excellent career opportunities. They can save money in the process. What’s not to ...

Pats on the Back

- To hospitals with “Safety Town” programs that teach children 4-5 years of age many safety lessons. Wheeling Hospital and Reynolds Memorial are among local sponsors of “Safety Town.” For more information, call the hospitals. - To the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley for ...

Consider Closer Links in Future

Wheeling Hospital is the largest single health care provider in our area. West Virginia University Health System (WVU Medicine) is, by far, the most important provider in the Mountain State. A partnership makes sense. One was announced this week: WVU Medicine will be providing management ...