Editorials

Officials Right On Development

Martins Ferry is too small a city to play “keeping up with the Joneses” in many aspects of municipal government. Having its own development director is one of them. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Robert Krajnyak was asked if Martins Ferry has a development director or plans ...

Make Medicare Process Efficient

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must ...

Taking School Threats Seriously

Not so many years ago, school administrators could count on one or two fire alarms pulled by pranksters or bomb threats called in by students who just wanted to shake things up. They were, in a word, routine. If the fire alarm sounded, students were marched out onto the sidewalk for a few ...

Marketing W.Va. On Two Fronts

West Virginia needs to be seen as both “wild and wonderful” for tourists and “open for business” for job creators. A new marketing campaign envisioned by state officials should have both aims. Legislators are being asked to approve $20 million in funding for the state Tourism ...

Stop Using DACA As Political Tool

Perhaps some liberal voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” on Monday. Thoughtful Americans will not. After a weekend “government shutdown” provoked by Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrat hardliners, the Senate voted Monday to approve a spending ...

Removing Snow From City Streets

It may have come as some surprise to readers that a city the size of Wheeling has just one backhoe with a bucket capable of removing snow from streets. But, as Public Works Director Russell Jebbia told our reporter last week, that is the situation. After a reader asked why snow was being ...

How Did They Get Away With Crimes?

The most unsettling aspect of the case of David and Louise Turpin — and it should be disturbing — is how they managed to victimize their children for so long. Not until their 17-year-old daughter managed to escape from the Turpins’ house of horrors did anyone even notice what had been ...

Demanding Less From Students

If they have a choice, local public school officials in the Northern Panhandle should not go along with the state Board of Education’s move to water down high school graduation requirements. West Virginia students already lag behind those of many other states in performance on some ...

Retain Wellness Initiative at PEIA

Providing incentives for people to keep themselves healthier is an excellent way of holding down health insurance costs. Doing so is an absolute necessity for the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, which covers tens of thousands of active and retired state workers, including ...

Keep Parks Appealing

If West Virginia has a set of crown jewels, it is our state parks. They draw many of the visitors who have made tourism a major industry in our state. A bill that would allow commercial logging in state parks has been introduced in the Legislature. Lawmakers are being told passage of the ...

School Proposal Still Incomplete

A proposal to spend as much as $86 million to improve Ohio County public schools needs to be more than “ready for prime time.” It needs to be ready for voters who will want assurances the $43 million in higher taxes they are being asked to pay will be spent wisely. Clearly, the upgrade ...

Consider Career Education, Too

Many of the new jobs created in the Ohio Valley during the past few years — and many of those on the horizon — have been in careers that do not require four-year college degrees. That has been true throughout West Virginia, prompting state education leaders to think about more emphasis on ...

ECOT Brought Woes on Itself

There should be no such thing as “too big to fail” when it comes to educating our children. Yet that seems to be the only argument left to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. ECOT officials say that without some financial relief, they will have to shut down within days, ...

Keeping Politics Out of Judiciary

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill should have stepped down from the bench when he announced he was running for governor. But he did not. Instead, he continued campaigning, expressing opinions on various issues. We Americans have a tradition of discouraging such behavior, simply ...

Some Entertainers’ Outrage Is a Sham

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Consider Water System Options

Any questions about whether Steubenville officials need to take a comprehensive look at the city’s water system have been answered during the past several days. Shipments of bottled water into the municipality, use of mobile water tanks downtown and temporary closures of some businesses ...

End Delays Over Doing Right Thing

That rattling sound you hear, coming from Washington, D.C., is the noise of politicians busy kicking cans down the road. Seemingly unable to do the right, smart thing on scores of issues, they compromise frequently by merely postponing action. Part of the complex battle over avoiding a ...

Don’t Let Hard Feelings Flame

Animosity between Moundsville’s paid and volunteer fire departments remains a challenge, it was made clear Tuesday night. City Council members may play a role in deciding whether it persists. Last week, Councilman David Wood suggested looking into whether the two departments could share ...

Money-Saving Idea Worthwhile

Bellaire officials simply cannot afford to be paying $8,000 a year to rent a computer that is virtually useless. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan is right to suggest it be eliminated. Flanagan’s other idea, to do away with parking meters altogether, may require some ...

Saving the Hemlocks

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. But they are at risk from an invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. Now, the tiny bug has been found in three new Ohio counties, Athens, Geauga ...