Editorials

Consider ‘Drug House’ Measure

Most of us have heard the terms “crack house” and “house of ill repute.” The former refers to buildings where illegal drug activity is frequent. The latter involves places where prostitution occurs. Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger is asking city council for a “drug house ...

Marina May Be Important Asset

It had been suggested that Steubenville officials should seek permission to use a $100,000 state grant for purposes not related to the initial plan, of extending a water line to the municipal marina. Now, city council members are looking again at the water line, and they are right to do ...

Pats on the Back

- To the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department for its investigation of the Jan. 23 shooting death of Caleb Smail. And to the young man who contacted authrities with critical information about the death. After a four-month probe, a Wheeling man was charged with murder last week. - To state ...

Give Students More Support

Disagreements about some aspects of public school improvement in West Virginia simply must not be permitted to derail a bipartisan move to address what has become a desperate need: better mental health services for children. State senators were to convene a special session this morning to ...

Whistleblowers Merit Protection

Whistleblowers — people who report wrongdoing in either the public or private sectors to the authorities — deserve protection from retaliation. But in Ohio, a 2013 Franklin County Court of Appeals ruling is viewed by many as having weakened such safeguards. A bill introduced in the ...

Learning When Money Will Come

Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch and other state officials may get the answer to a question some West Virginians are asking: What about the $83.7 billion? Gaunch and a small delegation left Charleston today on their way to Beijing, at the invitation of China Energy executives. The visit comes as ...

Improving W.Va. Public Schools

Charter schools have become the bogeyman of public school improvement in West Virginia. Their opponents, including the three unions representing many school employees, warn of dire consequences if legislators allow them in our state. Charters will siphon off funds needed by public schools, ...

Don’t Lift Ban On Risky Fireworks

Legalizing dangerous fireworks was a bad idea when it was done in West Virginia in 2016 — and it is no better now for Ohio. A bill in the Ohio state Senate, SB 72, would legalize consumer use of most pyrotechnic devices, including some powerful enough to blow a child’s hand off. Most ...

Settling Governor’s Residence Question

The accusation by a legislator that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is violating the state constitution is not over the most earth-shattering of issues. It involves no claim of dirty political tricks or misuse of taxpayers’ money. In fact, Justice is quite open about the matter: He lives ...

Get Answers On HIV, Syringes

HIV, which can lead to fullblown AIDS, is exploding in Cabell County, West Virginia. The cause: People who share needles to inject illicit drugs. One unsettling aspect of the “cluster” of HIV cases, as health professionals are referring to the situation, is that the Cabell County Health ...

Ensuring Students Earn Their Degrees

More than one in five students entering West Virginia University as freshmen do not make it to sophomore status. More than two in five do not obtain degrees within six years — yes, the bachelor’s degrees many people still manage to earn in four years. And those rates are among the best ...

Nov. 9 Voting Is Wise Plan

Loss of $18 million a year would devastate public schools in Ohio County. It is difficult to envision how they could meet even state minimum standards without the money. Certainly, education quality would plummet. Ohio County Board of Education members decided Tuesday to play it safe on ...

Saving St. John Grade School, Too

Bigger is not always better in education, especially when it comes to elementary-level students. Smaller neighborhood and community schools have proven their worth for many generations. It is unfortunate, then, that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville has made the decision to close ...

Take the Time To Get Education Reform Right in West Virginia

State Senate President Mitch Carmichael seems hopeful legislation to improve West Virginia public schools can be dealt with in one day. His plan is for lawmakers to hold a special session on Saturday. Carmichael, R-Jackson, informed legislators his intention is “to begin and complete ...

Curbing Speeders On Weirton Street

Weirton Traffic Commission Chairman Romie Castelli is right in his approach to a complaint about speeding on a section of South 13th Street. Stepped-up patrols by police and possibly installation of new stop signs are preferable to placing “rumble strips” on the street. During their ...

Our Area Still Growing Older

Population declines continue to plague Wheeling and Ohio County as a whole, if the Census Bureau is to be believed. But just as worrisome is the age breakdown: Both the city and county are growing older. Wheeling’s population was 26,771 last July, the bureau has reported. That is 222 fewer ...

Brennan Richly Deserving of Honor

Local in-the-know residents understand that Margaret Brennan has been a distinguished Mountain State resident for many years. On Memorial Day, that was made official. Brennan, a leading local historian and proponent of preserving valuable old properties, was presented the Distinguished West ...

Battling Abuse A Daunting Task

Deaths from drug overdoses tend to be the headlines regarding the scourge of substance abuse that continues to sweep West Virginia, Ohio and many other states. But the damage goes much deeper, as was pointed out last week during a meeting of the Brooke County Faith Team, which is attempting to ...

Using Disaster Relief Funds Well

West Virginia will be receiving $106 million more in federal disaster relief funds, because of floods that devastated some communities in 2016, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced last week. Let’s get it right this time. The history of how federal funding is handled in our state ...

Never Forget Those Who Sacrificed All In Defense of Liberty

By Adam Kelly Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of the forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of ...