Editorials

Get Blankenship Situation Settled

Don Blankenship’s campaign earlier this year for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia certainly made the race a more colorful one. The coal baron, seeking the Republican nomination for the Senate, was strident in his criticism of Manchin — and some in the GOP. Here we go again — maybe. ...

How to React If Kim Is Lying About Deal

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Telling Pence About Drug War

No doubt Vice President Mike Pence will want to talk about the improved economy and reforms in energy policy during his visit to Wheeling today. Indeed, under President Donald Trump, there has been much about which to be happy regarding those issues. Let us hope Pence is open to talk about ...

Help Fight Drugs At Local Level

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for this week. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million a year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea by the ...

Getting a Higher Education in Ohio

Speaking of drugs, the times they are a-changin’ in the Buckeye State. Now, it is possible to go to college and major in dope. Really. Hocking College, in Nelsonville, plans to offer new courses in marijuana. The goal is to offer an associate’s of applied science in laboratory sciences ...

Moving Over Can Save Lives

Many drivers, spotting an emergency vehicle ahead of them on the berm, instinctively edge to the left in their lane or, if on a multi-lane highway, scoot over to the left lane. It just makes sense. In West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, it also happens to be the law. All three states are ...

Work Together On Immigration

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

What Is Court Trying to Hide?

West Virginia legislators considering whether to recommend impeachment of suspended state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry are scheduled to tour the court’s offices this week. But you will see no pictures or video of the tour, unless something changes. As we reported, court officials ...

Finally Stopping EPA Harassment

When Congress developed the 2005 Energy Policy Act, it included a renewable fuel standard meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand renewable fuels use. At the time, however, members of Congress also understood it would be necessary to grant waivers to small refineries that might ...

Dropping Traffic Pattern Proposal

West Virginia Division of Highways officials are absolutely right to view the lack of consensus on a proposal to change the traffic pattern in downtown Wheeling as a concern. Forcing such a change down the throats of the many who oppose it would be a mistake in multiple ways. Mayor Glenn ...

Blame Neglect For Big Rate Increase

Most of the time when we hear of municipal utility rate increases, they are relatively modest - $10 or $15 a month. So when Steubenville officials unveiled a plan to boost water, sewer and sanitation bills by an average of more than $40 a month, some city residents may have had a one-word ...

School Proposal Price Tag High

Nearly eighty million dollars for new buildings in a school district with only about 1,800 students seems like a lot of money. It works out to $50,000 per child. St. Clairsville-Richland school district officials are hoping voters will clear the way for such a project, however. They plan to ...

Reconsider Pay Raise Proposal

Wheeling City Council members are poised to ask voters to approve higher taxes to construct a $20 million public safety building, make $1 million in fire station improvements and buy a $500,000 fire truck. Council has been told it ended the fiscal year June 30 with a $1,159,000 carryover. ...

Keeping Odors Under Control

Far fewer complaints about the Apex Landfill in Jefferson County were received in July than earlier this year, county health department officials said this week. Well, good. Keep up the good work. Really; improvement needs to continue at the landfill. For some time, the department was ...

Bringing People To Live in W.Va.

For a decade, from 2007-2017, the nation’s population grew. Every state had slow population growth ... well, every state but two — Michigan and, you guessed it, West Virginia, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study. In fact, West Virginia lost residents faster than Michigan. Our ...

Probing Crimes Of Past at OSU

Ohio State University’s energy and openness in investigating allegations of sexual misbehavior by a long-dead physician for some athletic teams has been commendable. Turns out that may have been a sea change, compared to the attitude when the doctor was alive and working at OSU. Dr. ...

Resort Owner’s Lawsuit Disturbing

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the ...

‘Fishing’ Trip Long Overdue

West Virginia legislators looking into state Supreme Court justices have been accused of engaging in a “fishing expedition.” One wonders whether that criticism was prompted by concern about the Legislature’s role — or about what “fish” lawmakers may net. After suspended high ...

Emmett Till Case Worth Reopening

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

Keep the Risks Firmly in Mind

Martins Ferry officials are to be commended for hoping city government can do something to boost economic development in the downtown business district. They should move cautiously, however. Buildings housing several businesses were destroyed in an October 2016 fire. Some business owners were ...