Editorials

Dealing With The Young Immigrants

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem —and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 500 children have been separated from their mothers and/or fathers after their parents brought them across the ...

Water, Sewer Work Critical

It has become obvious that important repair and upgrade work needed by Steubenville’s water and sewerage systems is long overdue. Failure to raise the money needed for it now would mean far higher costs, perhaps including fines by state and federal regulators. Another cost — more ...

Look at Clinton Foundation, Too

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

Moving West Virginia Forward

Increasing salaries paid to public school teachers in West Virginia was a step toward improving the state’s economy. The action, taken earlier this year by legislators, should make it easier to attract and retain educators. But, as West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee pointed ...

Reporting Child Abuse, Neglect

Mountain State residents should not have to have a law mandating that if we learn about abuse or neglect of children, we do something about it. We do have such a statute, however, and it is brand new. Among new laws going into effect this summer is one clarifying the mandate for those in ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To Ohio County officials for proceeding with construction of a new sports complex at The Highlands. The county Development Authority last week approved a $4.2 million contract for the first phase of the project. It will include a 180,000 square-foot building. ∫ To organizers of the ...

Curb Flow Of Meth Into Area

Drug abuse and the havoc it causes are everywhere and getting worse. Indictments handed down by a federal grand jury in Wheeling made that clear last week. Thirty-one people were indicted on charges involving a drug distribution ring that appears to have operated primarily in Wetzel and ...

Get to Bottom Of RISE Scandal

Former West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher deserves credit for good work in developing the state’s economy. It was on his watch, and as a result of considerable effort by him personally, that Chinese interests agreed to invest $83.7 billion in our state. But the buck stops at ...

Prison Staffing Challenge Grows

Ohio’s prison system is facing personnel concerns not unlike those in West Virginia. Employees filling the three shifts in the Buckeye State’s 27 prisons racked up $61.7 million in overtime last year alone. Inmate transfers, illnesses, vacations and of course staff shortages have meant ...

Compassion Not Guided by Politics

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations ...

Interpret Budget News Cautiously

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may have been as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...

Clean $15.4 Billion Out of Old Accounts

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Saluting Our Flag, Our Nation

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

DeNiro’s Profane Rant Illuminating

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Verification Is Critical Factor

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

Wells Township Levy May Be Vital

No one likes paying higher taxes. But most people do not enjoy major cutbacks in public services, including road repair, either. Trustees of Wells Township in Jefferson County have agreed to seek approval of a 1.2-mill property tax levy during the November election. Voters should give it ...

Ensuring Body Cameras Work

Let us hope the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department never has to use body camera videos in self-defense. But if that day ever comes, the last thing a deputy will want to hear is that the video footage needed cannot be located. During recent years, many law enforcement agencies have begun ...

Cleaning Up Voter Registration Lists

Ohioans and West Virginians concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

Exposing Corrupt Officials in W.Va.

It has been suggested West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry should resign. That would “spare the court and state any further embarrassment,” House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead said last week. Indeed it would. It also might spare the court and the state safeguards ...

Don’t Fall for Kim’s Deceptive Strategy

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are in Singapore preparing for a face-to-face meeting Tuesday. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of millions of people have their fingers crossed that something productive will come of the encounter. Trump and ...