Editorials

Be Careful With Plan On School Strikers

It is understandable that some West Virginia legislators are annoyed that teachers and service personnel who shut down schools for nine days last year were paid for that time. They were so irritated that a provision in a major education bill calls for docking teachers’ pay during a work ...

Blame The Adults, Not The Teens

Where were the adults? That’s the question we ought to be asking about what happened to a group of Kentucky high school kids last weekend in Washington. Why were the teenagers left without capable adult help in an explosive atmosphere? Who thought it was a good idea to involve them in a big ...

Moving Brooke Schools Forward

Brooke County Board of Education members are “focused on moving ahead,” emphasized their president, Theodore Pauls, after a bombshell dropped in the middle of controversy over the school system. It happened Wednesday, when Toni Paesano Shute resigned as school superintendent — and it ...

Sports Betting Tax Too Low?

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a mult-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much ...

Make Probe Results Public

Behavior such as that the West Virginia Department of Education says former Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute engaged in is outrageously unacceptable, unpardonable and probably illegal. State officials need to get to the bottom of the matter immediately and publicly. As ...

Really Think About DUI Consequences

Deciding there’s nothing wrong with driving after indulging in too much alcohol or using other drugs, even legal ones, improperly can have earth-shattering consequences. Ask Wheeling Police Cpl. Sean Brantley and his wife, Brooke. Last June their niece, Maddisan Chase, was killed by an ...

Committing To Better Schools

Why four Marshall County Board of Education members decided school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook should be let go in June may never be known. The standard “personnel matters” already is being offered as a reason for not explaining their action. One perplexing aspect of the situation is ...

Thinking Outside Box in Education

Improving public education requires thinking outside the box. But sometimes, boxes are there for very good reasons. Officials in the McGuffey School District of Washington County, Pa., are considering a drastic change. As we reported, they are looking into the possibility of holding classes ...

Amend Rule On Rental Units

Thousands of students go to college classes at two institutions of higher learning in Steubenville. Some of them choose to live off campus. It is understandable that city officials would be concerned about various issues, ranging from parking to loud parties, that occasionally result from the ...

Election Oversight A Vital Safeguard

Fortunately, a problem with the election last November in Miami County, Ohio, did not affect the outcome of any races on the ballot. Still, the fact that 6,000 ballots were not counted is disturbing. Members of the county elections board had to meet this week to amend official returns. ...

Moving Brooke Schools Forward

County boards of education often evaluate the school superintendents who work for them. Often, such discussions are scheduled annually. For that reason, the special Brooke County board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today is nothing out of the ordinary. According to an announcement of the ...

Restore Special Veterans Courts

State legislators ought to make it plain that West Virginians consider the debt we owe to veterans of military service a greater priority than ensuring justice of our Supreme Court have fancy offices. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has introduced a bill to establish a Military Service ...

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough ...

Scatterday Was Involved Leader

For many years, there were two ways to find out whether everything was in perfect readiness for the annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic races in Wheeling. One could contact each of the dozens of dedicated volunteers staging the event — or one could ask Race Director Robert ...

Pass Tuition Aid Bill Soon in W.Va.

West Virginia legislators seem to have adopted the philosophy that perfect is the enemy of good regarding an important proposal to make it easier for Mountain State residents to continue their educations past high school. That is appropriate this year in particular. It is likely that the ...

Consider Charges In Beating of Suspect

Two West Virginia State Police troopers, Derek Walker and Michael Kennedy, have been fired as a result of accusations they beat a 16-year-old suspect pulled over after a car chase last fall in Berkeley County. State Police reviewed cruiser dash camera footage of what happened during the ...

Transparency Clearly Missing

East Wheeling resident Melinda Koslik’s interest in making Wheeling better and her record of volunteer work on behalf of the community appear to indicate she will do a good job as the newest member of City Council. Appointed Friday to fill the Third Ward vacancy created by the resignation of ...

Creating New Permanent Jobs

Ohio legislators are being asked to increase tax incentives for films produced in the state and to offer them to stage productions, including Broadway shows touring the state. Proponents of increasing the current $40 million a year cap to $100 million say that would stimulate Ohio’s ...

Handling Issues On Their Merits

Moundsville City Council members are absolutely correct in their reluctance to approve new fees to cover fire department response to vehicle accidents. But their open-minded attitude is a welcome contrast with what too often seems to be the practice in state and national politics. City Fire ...

Manchin Is Right About Compromise

Cracks have appeared in the wall Democrat Party leaders have erected against any compromise that could end the partial shutdown of federal government. It should come as no surprise that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is a leader in trying to restore rationality to the process. During the ...