Editorials

Increase Salaries For City Officials

Mayor Glenn Elliott and members of Wheeling City Council take their jobs seriously. Few members of the public are aware of the number of hours they devote to serving city residents and businesses. Yet, while most of their constituents have received pay raises since 1992, the mayor and ...

Transparency Not Full in W.Va., Ohio

It is good news indeed that West Virginia and Ohio ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

Take Advantage Of Early Voting

Voting in the May 8 primary election may be too important to delay until May 8. West Virginia’s early balloting process, open to any registered voter, can take care of that. Early voting has proved to be very popular. It is convenient because, for a period of about two weeks before ...

It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose …

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice had to navigate the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. One wonders whether she found the world of college basketball to be even more of a swamp. Rice headed a commission formed to recommend solutions to rampant corruption in NCAA ...

Saving Money On School Buses

Consolidation seems to be a dirty word when used in reference to public schools. Many parents seem to worry that bigger is not always better. What about cooperation, however? What on earth is wrong with that, if it can save school districts money they can either leave in taxpayers’ ...

Cheating on This Test Unacceptable

Perhaps Kiana Br’ien Wallace should be more selective in the friends she trusts. One of them let her down — though, clearly, she deserved it. Wallace, 24, had an unpleasant few minutes in Belmont County Common Pleas Court on Monday, before Judge Frank Fregiato. She left after he ...

Pursuing Justice For a Little Girl

It has been six and a half years since precious little Aliayah Lunsford was murdered by her mother. This week, justice was finally done. Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway was convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter. Conaway, who lived for a time in Wheeling, resided in Lewis County when she ...

Enjoy Earth Day Every Day in W.Va.

Though there are still environmental ills to tackle, West Virginia has come a long way in the effort to slow and even reverse the damage done during more than a century of unfettered industrial exploitation. Today, children in most of the state must take their grandparents’ word for it ...

Clearing The Air in Bethesda

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s confirmation Tuesday that Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith is under criminal investigation pulled a very hot potato out of the laps of village officials. It has been clear for some time that accusations against Smith went beyond what would have been ...

Don’t Overlook Details on Safety

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating ...

Priorities in Order

Bernhard Langer is not among the ranks of professional athletes and entertainers whose careers come first. The 60-year-old German has had quite a career as a professional golfer. He has won 36 events and collected about $25 million. But on May 24-27, he will not be in Benton Harbor, ...

Killing Children With Alcohol

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from ...

Bank Regulations Not Working Well

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...

City Can Do Little For the Homeless

John Vessels is a Wheeling resident without an address. Unable to find permanent housing, he sleeps in his car most of the time. No doubt officials who heard his story during a city council meeting last week were sympathetic to Vessels. But their ability to help him and other homeless ...

Honest, Verifiable Pact Must Be Goal

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Keeping Teen ‘Assassins’ Safe

Here we go again. Warmer weather has brought out dozens of “Assassins” in Ohio County. It seems to be an annual ritual, as dozens of high school students play the game called “Assassins.” In essence, it involves teams of teenagers using water guns to wet down members of opposing ...

Being Alert While Behind the Wheel

Speaking of safety, let us all pause for a moment to consider the fact that all those devices meant to protect us while we are driving or riding in our cars and trucks do nothing to safeguard people we may hit. That is up to us, every time we get behind the wheel. On Friday night, a ...

Genuine ‘Fix’ Is Needed for PEIA

Give members of the panel Gov. Jim Justice appointed to “fix” the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency credit. They have taken on the impossible task of trying to please all of the people all of the time. It can’t be done, as has been observed. Justice appointed the ...

Senate Candidates Ready to Face Off

There is no better way to compare candidate for public office than to see them put on the spot by being asked to answer tough questions. We plan to do just that Monday evening, during a forum that will include all six candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Scheduled to ...

Complying With Letter of the Law

It does not seem that Yorkville Village Council members had any inappropriate intent when they met Tuesday evening. Still, it appears they violated Ohio’s open meetings statute. As we reported, the meeting began at 6 p.m., not the regular 6:30 p.m. as posted on the village website. The ...