Editorials

Catch Culprits Behind Threat

In the current climate of worry about the safety of our children in their classrooms, few acts are more despicable than intentionally inducing panic by making a spurious threat to attack a school. But there is something more reprehensible, and it happened last week in Bellaire. There, ...

Charge Lawyer With His Crimes

West Virginia Supreme Court justices have annulled the law license of an attorney who, according to the court, used it to commit truly shameful acts. According to the court, Chapmanville lawyer Benjamin F. White lured a woman accused of child neglect into an arrangement whereby he claimed ...

Protect Endangered Species in Africa

President Donald Trump is under fire over a board created to advise him on how to protect certain African animals that are in decline, in part because of hunting. Critics say too many of the panel’s members are trophy hunters. At issue are rules for importing the heads and hides of ...

Still on Retreat Against Drugs

Just when it seemed West Virginians might be on the road to recovery from the substance abuse epidemic, a new villain changed the rules of the contest. It is fentanyl. During 2016, drug overdoses claimed 884 lives in our state. During the first 11 months of last year, overdoses were fatal ...

Zero-Tolerance Policy Is Essential

During the months before Nikolas Cruz went to a high school in Parkland, Fla., and massacred 17 people, there were many signals that he had become a threat. In some cases they were ignored. In others, law enforcement agencies were urged to act, but did not. Local school officials and ...

Find Multiple PEIA Options

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a true blue-ribbon panel of people to tackle West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency challenge. The task force’s 29 members represent public employees, government, health care, insurance and public and higher education. Speaking of which, that ...

Young Heroine Saved Others

Much has been written and said for several months about the courage of women who come forth to tell of being sexually harassed, even assaulted, by powerful men. But we in the Ohio Valley know of a far, far braver victim. She is only 12. She lives in Belmont County. For two years, ...

Picking Up Trash At Lowest Cost

Like officials in many communities, those in Follansbee are considering whether to turn garbage collection over to a private company. Money is the problem, of course. City council members began discussing the idea in February. During their meeting Monday, they heard a report that prompted ...

Eliminate Agency That Isn’t Needed

Even as former Gov. Gaston Caperton was persuading West Virginia legislators many years ago to create a new Department of Education and the Arts, critics suggested the agency was not needed. Its functions could be handled more efficiently through then-existing arms of state government, it was ...

Getting an Answer On State Vehicles

Finally, West Virginia legislators have made it clear they are fed up with one aspect of pure sloppiness in state government. They should have done it years ago. During the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that will create a statewide fleet management office ...

Plan Shadyside Schools’ Future

Five years ago when Shadyside school officials pleaded that the district needed a financial rescue, voters reacted by approving a 4.61-mill emergency tax levy. Clearly, Shadyside-area residents are eager to do the best they can for children, even if they have to dig deeper into their own ...

By Jet or Propeller Plane, Trip Wrong

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from ...

Prevent Repeat Drug Overdoses

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Parks Should Be Affordable for All

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Holding Down Proposal’s Cost

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott did not answer one question on the minds of at least some of those who attended his State of the City speech Tuesday — and that is a good thing. Among major initiatives planned by city officials is construction of a new public safety building, to serve as ...

Implement Work Rule for Medicaid

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials ...

Keeping Our State Wild, Wonderful

What part of “don’t trash our state” do pipeline construction companies not understand? To judge by action state officials took a few days ago, some of it did not sink in. Last July, Energy Transfer Partners was cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for violations ...

Cracker News Is Promising

Well, yes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s big announcement on Monday was a bit of a letdown, but it was important, nevertheless. Kasich’s office revealed Friday that he would be making an announcement regarding the proposed ethane cracker plant to be built in Belmont County. When the governor ...

Making Progress For Taxpayers

More and more local officials are becoming aware of the benefits — chiefly cost — of providing services in cooperation with neighboring government entities. Let us hope the philosophy spreads. Belmont County commissioners had considered establishing their own building inspection ...

Official Optimism Is Promising Sign

Good things come to those who wait, it has been said. Surely, then, something very good is coming to our area. We certainly have been waiting long enough for it. Yes, we are referring to the proposed ethane cracker plant that may be built at Dilles Bottom, in Belmont County. If ...