Editorials

Make Good Use Of Fresh Start

Now that Melody McClurg has been hired legally as the new executive director of the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority, she will have quite a mess — both literally and figuratively — to clean up. Obviously, McClurg is entitled to begin with a clean slate. She had nothing to do ...

Consider Limits On Young Drivers

Two Ohio legislators want to set new limits on young motorists. They would increase the length of time new drivers are required to operate under permits rather than full licenses. Currently, drivers under 18 are required to hold instruction permits for six months. A bill sponsored by state ...

Release of Names Is a Good Start

Roman Catholic church officials are doing the right thing in preparing to release a list of names of priests and deacons “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children in West Virginia. It is a good start toward repairing the church’s damaged relationship with its flock in the Mountain ...

Getting More People To Vote in W.Va.

Election officials in some states are being accused of “voter suppression” for attempting to clean up outdated registration lists. You probably can guess that Republican officials are targets of such claims. They just won’t stick in West Virginia, where Secretary of State Mac Warner ...

Renew Edison Schools Levy

FirstEnergy Corp.’s plan to shut down coal-fired generating stations in Jefferson County is bad news for that area’s economy. It also is a blow to the Edison Local School District. Industrial facilities such as power plants pay substantial portions of the property taxes that help to ...

Steubenville Rate Hikes Were Vital

Steubenville City Council members have done the right thing in attempting to break the cycle of neglect involving municipal services such as water, sewer and garbage collection. No one likes to pay higher taxes or steeper fees for public services. The Intelligencer is a firm opponent of tax ...

Discuss Pay Raises Soon

Brooke County Board of Education members should be taking a few days to come up with a plan to cope with the anger expressed Monday night over pay raises granted to some school administrators. What taxpayers, including some educators, heard Monday was not sufficient. Members of the public ...

Look Into Road Salt Price Hikes

You may want to polish up your winter driving skills. Roads may be slipperier this winter than in the past. That is because many local governments are being informed of gigantic price increases for the salt many use to treat icy and snowy streets and highways. Just a few days ago, trustees ...

Pursue Research On E-Cigarettes

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Keeping Coal-Fired Power Plants Open

For some time during former President Barack Obama’s administration, it appeared that the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys, W.Va., was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that ...

Fire District Levy Merits Support

Round-the-clock firefighting and ambulance coverage are critical services, relatively easy to provide in larger municipalities but substantially more difficult in rural areas. Two challenges — personnel and money — have to be overcome. For the about 3,500 people who live in the Short ...

Sense of Urgency On Drugs Is Vital

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Explain School Salary Increases

Brooke County Board of Education members agreed last year they no longer could afford to pay for as many schools and personnel as in the past. So they laid off more than 40 people and approved closure of three schools. About $143,700 a year in pay raises for school administrators was ...

Getting Loughry Off the High Court

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it ...

Fiscal Restraint Still Important

Belmont County commissioners got some bad news last week. Revenue from the county sales tax is sliding, they were informed by county Auditor Roger Conroy. Because sales taxes are processed through state government, there is a two-month lag between money being received and the county ...

Settle Governor’s Residence Issue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice likes to have fun with words. He likes to throw folksy phrases around, or refer to, for example, “bull you-know-what” in his speeches, knowing every Mountain State resident knows what he means. His attorneys like to play with words too. In his legal ...

The Sunday News-Register Endorses Joe Manchin for U.S. Senate

It seems sometimes as if partisanship reigns over principle in Washington, D.C. Questions about what is right or wrong for Americans are pushed aside in favor of what is best for Republicans and Democrats. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., doesn’t see that as his mission. For nearly eight ...

The Intelligencer Endorses Mike DeWine As Ohio Governor

It became apparent during the 2016 presidential election that many Ohioans are fed up with traditional politics, ready to embrace government outsiders. But one long-time insider earned Buckeye State residents’ trust. He is state Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for governor in ...

Giving People Deserved Break

Municipal building code enforcers cannot allow people to live in unsafe and/or unhealthy conditions. That is the whole purpose of such regulations, after all. But when owners and residents of dilapidated structures are making good-faith, reasonable efforts to repair deficiencies, a little ...