Editorials

Restoring the Doughboy

Members of American Legion Post No. 1 in Wheeling, celebrating the unit’s 100th anniversary, have a new cause: restoring the statue of a World War I soldier at Wheeling Park. Troops in the Great War sometimes were referred to as “doughboys,” and that is how the statue honoring them ...

Making Event Bigger, Better

It is safe to say that no other Wheeling special event during the year involves as many participants and community members as the annual Ogden Half Marathon Classic. Hundreds of walkers and runners compete. Hundreds of people — all volunteers — work to ensure the event goes off without a ...

One Long War We’re Losing

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

A Time for Fun, Solemn Gratitude

Very few communities kick off the official start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend, better than ours. Here in the Ohio Valley, we understand the holiday weekend can be packed with fun without forgetting its core purpose: honoring those who have given their lives in service to our nation. As we ...

Deciding What To Do With Grant

It is to be hoped that state officials will allow Steubenville to “repurpose” a $100,000 grant already approved for the city. But if that does not materialize, it may be wise to consider looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth. City council members discussed the grant this week. ...

Scrap Time Limit On Sex Predators

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a ...

DOH Deserves Credit for Work

Give West Virginia Division of Highways crews and officials credit: They have accomplished much to repair secondary roads in our area during the past couple of months. The question is whether they can finish the job. Probably not. As Gov. Jim Justice pointed out during a Wednesday visit to ...

Helping Students Earn Their Degrees

Education is the key to a secure, successful career, but too many West Virginians cannot afford to earn post-high school degrees and certificates. Kudos to officials at West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College for thinking outside the box to make that easier. On ...

Helping Students Earn Their Degrees

Education is the key to a secure, successful career, but too many West Virginians cannot afford to earn post-high school degrees and certificates. Kudos to officials at West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College for thinking outside the box to make that easier. On ...

Coping With Packed Jails

Just slightly more than a decade ago, Belmont County officials became fed up with overcrowding at the county jail. Built in 1996, it had 84 beds, which at the time seemed sufficient. But in 2008, the jail was expanded to 144 beds. Within five years, even that was not enough. Belmont ...

Enforcing Law That Bans Hazing

West Virginia legislators who had to go back to Charleston this week to deal with technical errors in bills they passed earlier this year ought to reflect on one thing: They may have saved someone’s life. Gov. Jim Justice vetoed about 30 bills passed last winter for technical reasons — ...

Multiple-Bill Approach Right

Republicans in the West Virginia state Senate ignored the advice about putting all one’s eggs in a single basket last winter. They packaged a variety of public school bills into one “omnibus education bill” — and it failed to pass. As a result, a variety of improvements on which there ...

Honoring Williams, Greatest Generation

Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate ...

What Went Wrong at OSU?

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and in university ...

Rethinking Death Penalty in Ohio

It is one thing to argue about the basic morality of capital punishment. But there should be no controversy about putting to death people so mentally ill they did not understand that murder is wrong. Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would amend capital punishment statutes. It ...

Make Two-Mile Hill Travel Safer

Common sense would seem to indicate that lowering the speed limit on the notorious Two-Mile Hill section of Interstate 70 in Ohio County would reduce the frequency of accidents there. It does not seem to have worked out as well as had been hoped, however. Pressure from former Ohio County ...

Follow Pool Safety Rules All the Time

Home swimming pools are very attractive at this time of the year. There is nothing like a cool dip in the water to make high temperatures and humidity more bearable. With that pleasure comes responsibility, however. On Saturday, a 1-year-old child drowned in a home pool in East ...

Funding System For the Long Run

Most area residents take it for granted that when they flush the toilet or use the shower, the wastewater generated will flow to and through a treatment plant before being released back into the environment. But the people in charge of wastewater treatment can’t take for granted that 20 or ...

Driving Safely In Amish Country

Far too many Buckeye State motorists are not share-the-road drivers, to judge by Ohio Department of Transportation statistics. On average, there are about 120 accidents each year in which motor vehicles strike buggies, almost always driven by members of the Amish faith. One occurred recently ...

Saving Weirton Recreation Areas

Like public officials in many Ohio Valley communities, those in Weirton are having to rethink priorities for spending taxpayers’ money. There just isn’t enough of it to go around, especially with populations—and, thus, the number of taxpayers — shrinking. Some municipal parks and ...