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Gas Industry Taxes Unreliable

Easy come, easy go. Officials in some Northern Panhandle counties are learning the old warning could have been coined to describe tax revenue from the natural gas industry. It has fluctuated wildly during recent years, dropping drastically between 2016 and 2017, as we reported last ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To William Roger Romine who, after nearly 20 years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, has announced he will not run for re-election next year. Romine represents Tyler and Doddridge counties, along with a small section of Pleasants County. Romine also is a veteran educator. ∫ To ...

Still Time to Help

Christmas Eve is just a week from today. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for ...

Backs Still Against Wall on Drug Abuse

In some ways, the human havoc of the substance abuse crisis seems to have leveled off or even abated somewhat in West Virginia, to judge by some reports. It’s still a war claiming many casualties. Ask Wheeling police officers. During a forum on the subject last week, police Chief Shawn ...

Protecting Down Syndrome Babies

Babies born with Down syndrome face many challenges. So do their parents. But they share one quality with other babies: They are human beings. Their physical and intellectual capacities may be limited, but they are tiny boys and girls. Advances in technology have made it possible, at ...

Helping Victims In Abuse Cases

Sex harassment and assault by public officials and celebrities has dominated the news for some time. Yet, except perhaps for taxpayer-funded settlements involving Congress, little is said about helping victims. Good for Moundsville City Council members for thinking about that. And kudos to ...

Saving Money For Taxpayers

We have written for years that if you want to become angry about government wasting your money, go first to Washington, then to your state capital. While funds can be spent inefficiently at the local level, that seems to happen less frequently than when state or federal officials control the ...

Macron’s Science May Not Be Solid

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when ...

At-Risk Students Helped by Project

Bellaire Local School District educators have a problem with students from lower-income families, and they know it. Good for the school system for promoting a program that ought to help. State school officials grade Bellaire’s system with an “F” in the “gap closing” category. That ...

Safeguard Local Government Data

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Admit Mistake, Rescind AMT

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Be Fair on Student Loan Forgiveness

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The ...

Repealing AMT As Part of Tax Reform

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, ...

’Tis the Season To Be Cautious

’Tis the season, unfortunately, for scammers to take advantage of consumers who may be both feeling a little more generous than normal, and be using credit cards more frequently. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has issued a warning for folks to protect their personal ...

Resignation Is Long Overdue

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for ...

Being Careful With Gas Lines

Environmentalists worry state and federal regulators do not take the possibility of leaks, explosions and fires involving long-distance natural gas pipelines seriously enough. But the general public should be far more concerned about gas lines in our neighborhoods and homes. On Saturday ...

Water, Sewer Study Valuable

Harrison County commissioners have authorized a study that could have enormous benefit to residents of their area — if the results are used effectively. Last week, commissioners agreed to spend $139,000 on a master water and sewer service plan for the county. It is intended to examine all ...

Rebuilding Navy Is a Critical Task

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on ...

We’re Not Out Of the Woods Yet

It is likely no one knows why Ohio County’s drug overdose death rate went down last year. Perhaps local residents are being more careful about how they use drugs. But what we do know is that substance abuse remains a crisis-level concern in our area. During a program on substance abuse ...

Bellaire Fire Hydrant Project Praiseworthy

Good for Bellaire officials, for addressing a serious problem. Village finances have been strained for some time. But, using $54,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant cash, municipal officials launched a project to replace 24 fire hydrants. It should be completed within a few ...