Editorials

Fund Expensive Career Training

Good for those at the Swiss Hills Career Center in Woodsfield, who found a way to offer a new vocational training program that ought to be of great value to graduates. It will prepare students to become heavy equipment operators, working on construction equipment such as bulldozers, ...

Give Responsible Owners a Break

Many municipalities have rules meant to crack down on building owners who allow their properties to fall into disrepair, then make little or no effort to correct inadequacies. Unfortunately, such regulations are necessary and should be enforced. But what about those who are making ...

Cutting Police Dog Training Expenses

Quite a few local law enforcement agencies use K-9 “officers.” The dogs can provide critical services ranging from drug and bomb detection to subduing violent suspects. One reason there are not more K-9s is the cost of training a dog. That can range from $12,000 to $15,000, according to ...

Innovation May Be Answer Again

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Corruption a Way Of Life in W.Va.

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added this week, when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for ...

Saving Money For Medicaid

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Drunk Driving Defies Solution

If you think stiffer penalties against those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs have curbed the problem, think again. Periodically, law enforcement agencies conduct intensive campaigns against DUI. Six states cooperated on one earlier this month. During a ...

Guard Against Similar Error

After West Virginia Northern Community College officials finish with a collective sigh of relief, they need to ensure nothing like the original cause of their concern occurs again. What could have been an enormous loss to the college involved a lot across the street from the main campus in ...

Substance Abuse Can Affect Anyone

Kevin Mark Simms, 63, has performed a substantial amount of public service during his life. For 16 years, he was a member of Moundsville City Council. From 1998-2000, he was mayor. Now he may be headed to a federal prison. Simms has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing ...

Pay Raise Bill Part of ‘Swamp’

Ohioans upset about the swamp that is the federal government may want to clean up Columbus before moving on to Washington. There’s a stink at the Ohio Statehouse, too. Last week, both houses of the General Assembly approved a bill with the ostensible purpose of increasing death benefits ...

Guarding Against Fiscal Misconduct

In some ways, local government officials have no choice but to trust those who handle the financial affairs of their towns, cities, counties, townships, school systems and public service districts. They lack both the expertise and the time to monitor spending and revenue closely. They may ...

Family Leave Would Cost Workers

A number of Republican senators are flirting with proposals for government-supported paid-leave programs at the federal level. Former Senator Rick Santorum jumped into the fray to make the case for one. Santorum argues that it’s “good policy and good politics,” and that therefore ...

Fund Wheeling ‘Streetscaping’

Downtown Wheeling is the first look some visitors to our state get at West Virginia. It isn’t a very good first impression. City officials have known that for some time. For about three years, even before the current mayor and city council took office, plans for a “streetscaping” ...

Resource Officers Have Vital Roles

It is difficult to find anyone critical of the concept of using professional law enforcement personnel as resource officers in public schools. They do a world of good in many ways. For a time, Union Local schools used resource officers. But that program seems to have come to an ...

Try Teen Murder Suspects as Adults

Several initiatives aimed at steering Jefferson County juveniles away from violent crime have been tried. Clearly, they have not worked. On Aug. 18, a Toronto man was shot while he sat in his car. He died at a hospital. Two boys, one 15 and the other 16, have been charged in connection with ...

Rethink Public School Priorities

Perhaps it is time for Brooke County public school officials to rethink their priorities. That was suggested to them last week. During their meeting Monday, board of education members heard from two upset students and an equally unhappy teacher. Sarah Ross, a senior at Brooke High School, ...

Utility Rate Plan Worth Emulating

When municipalities adjust water and sewer rates, the result usually is a deeper dig into the wallets of all customers, regardless of their ability to pay. Village council members in Belmont seem to be trying to break that mold. Even a few dollars more in a monthly bill can hit a ...

Paying to Raze Old Buildings

Steubenville Councilwoman Kimberly Hahn is absolutely right about buildings that have fallen so badly into disrepair that they need to be demolished. “It seems to me we need to get the owners to take them down,” Hahn commented during a city council meeting Tuesday. That is easier said ...

‘All-of-the-Above’ Gets New Clout

It is a feather in U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s cap that he has been named ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. It also is a boon to residents of West Virginia and Ohio. “Ranking member” is the top position on a committee for a member of the political ...

Keeping Watch Over Officials

At least Belmont County residents do not have to suffer the embarassment of watching a sitting county commissioner be escorted to the county jail. There is small comfort in that, given the fact that the offense for which Commissioner Mark Thomas may serve time occurred during his ...