Editorials

Create Master Plan for Sewers

Martins Ferry officials appear to be trying to avoid the mistake made in Steubenville during a period of decades. They are correct in using a gradual strategy to address municipal utility upgrades. It appears something of a “seat of the pants” approach is being used, however. As ...

Ensure School Costs Are Covered

Seventy-six million dollars may not cover proposed improvements to public schools in Ohio County, members of a committee formed to provide advice on the project are warning. Proceeds from a local bond issue approved this year by voters are to be combined with state funding for the work. But ...

Being Prudent On Budget Plan

Well, it was fun while it lasted. But a few days ago, state officials got a reminder of good old West Virginia reality. During the first three months of the fiscal year, collections for the state’s general revenue budget soared in comparison to what had been projected. They were more than ...

Examine Status Of Old Prison

Thanks to local inventiveness and hard work, the old state penitentiary in Moundsville has become a major tourist attraction. It also is an invaluable aid in training law enforcement and national security personnel through annual “mock riot” programs. If there is a blot on the ...

Dunlevy Good Pick For School Board

Congratulations to Robert Dunlevy of Wheeling, on being appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to the West Virginia Board of Education. Or perhaps condolences would be more in order. The board, guiding the massive machinery of state public schools, has difficult tasks ahead of it. Dunlevy is ...

Deciding Wisely On New Justice

For the third time in less than three months, Gov. Jim Justice faces the task of appointing a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. Let us hope he chooses as wisely as he did in filling the first two vacancies. Earlier this year, Justice appointed Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins to two ...

Delays Have Cost In Pain, Suffering

Ohio will miss yet another mark in its march toward the sale of medical marijuana — this one an assurance that sales could begin by the end of November. That is not going to happen. According to Mark Hamlin, of the Ohio Department of Commerce, the two testing labs closest to opening are ...

Drug Threat More Diverse

More and more when law enforcement agencies stage drug raids, they seem to be coming across veritable general stores of illicit substances. So it was in Wheeling last week, when police and sheriff’s deputies reported seizing heroin, crack cocaine, painkiller tablets — and ...

Loughry Had No Option But to Quit

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry resigned Friday — but only after it became obvious to him that he had no realistic option. Loughry resigned from his post, effective at the close of business today. He is one of two ex-justices charged with federal crimes. ...

Honor Families Of the Fallen

As we honor those, both living and dead, who have served our nation in the military, we sometimes neglect to recognize the sacrifices made by their families. Here in Wheeling, we are about to ensure they, too, are not forgotten. The concept of Gold Star Families came into being during World ...

Change FEMA Assistance Rules

One should not look a gift horse in the mouth, it has been said. But what about asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a little more flexibility in how it helps localities? Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a report on road slips, from county Engineer James ...

Find New Fire, Police Proposal

As Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has pointed out, most people voting in Tuesday’s election — nearly 54 percent of them — agreed to a new tax levy to build a new headquarters for the police and fire departments and to make a few other public safety facility and equipment improvements. But ...

Trading One Drug Woe for Another?

Ohio’s “medicinal marijuana” program is just getting off the ground. Already, it is being suggested state officials should add a new health condition to the list of those for which cannabis can be prescribed as a remedy: opioid addiction. There is evidence the active ingredient derived ...

Explore New EMS Options

Martins Ferry officials are right to be exploring new options for emergency medical service in the city. If a better, cheaper way of providing it can be found, good. If anything, results of such an investigation could come in handy if and when voters are asked again to approve a tax levy ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

Give Hancock County Board of Education members credit for trusting voters rather than employing sly tricks to gain renewal of a big tax levy. Standard practice in some counties is to schedule special elections for school levy questions. The theory is that with no other reason to go to the ...

Voters Demand Loyalty to Us

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Teaching Caution With Compassion

Most of us include compassion in the life lessons we try to teach our children. It is unfortunate that we must temper that teaching with a good dose of self-defense. We were reminded of that this week, when two Dillonvale teenagers were victimized because they tried to help someone ...

Enforcing Leash Laws Important

Give the owner of a dog that injured two other animals in Belmont — and bit one of their owners — some credit. It appears the owner was trying to comply with the village rule requiring all dogs be on leashes when they are not on their own property. But, as Belmont Mayor Stan Sobel reported ...

Keep Pool Open In Martins Ferry

Essentials such as street repair, keeping water lines in good shape and ensuring the police department is staffed adequately have to be priorities for any local government official. Recreation has to take a back seat. That should not be the case in Martins Ferry, where the municipal swimming ...

Paying Attention To School Buses

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio. We doubt there is a school bus driver ...