Editorials

Guard Against Fraud in City

In some small communities and school districts, officials and taxpayers have few options but to place a certain amount of trust in those who handle financial affairs. As we have seen repeatedly during the past few years, that can lead to trouble. Clerks, treasurers and other local ...

Oglebayfest, Fair Usher in Autumn

Here and there on still-green lawns, a few yellow and orange leaves can be seen this week. Temperatures, while still warm, have begun to dip. Even the breezes feel less like summer and more like fall. It won’t be long before leaving the house will call for a jacket. Weekend recreational ...

Judge Kavanaugh Only on the Facts

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

State Audits Critical In Spotting Fraud

Ohio Valley residents have been reminded multiple times during the past few years that it is distressingly easy for a public official to abuse the trust placed in him or her. In both the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, several local government officials have been charged with and often ...

Unmask, Punish Corrupt Officials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state ...

Discuss Proposal With Constituents

Banning the practice of parking recreational vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. on public streets, as Wellsburg officials are considering, may be appropriate. Telling people they cannot park such vehicles in their own driveways is something else again, however. Wellsburg City Council ...

Aiding Mozart Fire Department

No doubt Marshall County commissioners pay quite a few out-of-county companies for services and goods intended to benefit county residents. So why not help a volunteer fire department that, though headquartered a few hundred feet into Ohio County, serves and protects some Marshall County ...

Leave the Campaign Signs Alone, for Now

Incivility seems to characterize a substantial amount of politics these days. No doubt most Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents would like to believe our public servants and those seeking office are better than that. But during several recent election cycles, we have heard from a few ...

New Spillway May Be Needed

A dam at Epworth Park in Bethesda is not the danger some had feared, Village Council members were told last week. That is good news, but it should not be the end of the story. In late August, a village resident told council members she was worried about the dam. The earthen embankment ...

Collect Samples Of Criminals’ DNA

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Walker Appears Least Culpable

Legislators began writing a new chapter for West Virginia history books this morning. State senators opened proceedings in an impeachment trial involving state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker. Later this fall, two other sitting justices and one who resigned after being impeached will ...

Promoting Historic Preservation in City

Not all the many strategic plans and public hearings held by state government hold interest for area residents. An upcoming meeting will be very important for us, however. On Nov. 1, the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office will hold a public meeting in Wheeling, to solicit ...

Compromising On Rate Hikes

Steubenville residents can be pardoned if they are becoming dizzy from the parade of dollar amounts and percentages emanating from city council discussions about water, sewerage and garbage disposal rate increases. Give council members credit, however. For many months, they have been ...

Protecting Elderly Residents of Ohio

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Making It Clear Justice Is Done

Even as many eyes are trained on Washington these days, we in West Virginia are going through our own supreme court battle. The one in Washington, over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has degenerated into a vicious confrontation that often seems more a political duel than a search ...

Handle Housing Agency Publicly

It says something about the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority that the organization cannot seem to hold on to a director for very long. What that says is not particularly good. Members of the JMHA Board of Commissioners were accused last week of mishandling the process of replacing ...

Admitting We Have a Problem

Not long after Gov. Jim Justice took office, he asked the West Virginia Department of Education to rethink its method of reporting the quality of public schools. The A-F grading system in place then stereotyped some schools as failures, he said. So a new “Balanced Scorecard” report was ...

Local Flexibility May Be Helpful

During a meeting among some Northern Panhandle educators and state legislators this week, a variety of concerns were aired. At least one on which we reported may be relevant in the context of improving public schools in West Virginia. Wetzel County Board of Education President Warren Grace ...

Growing Up Amid Violence

No doubt psychologists, sociologists and other experts on behavior could provide theories in attempts to explain what happened Monday in Steubenville. But how is it possible to understand, by any human reasoning process, why someone would shoot a 2-year-old child and her mother? Most minds ...

Paying for New Pain-Relief Ideas

Though awareness and changes in the law have resulted in a shift away from legally prescribed opiates as the primary factor in our current substance abuse crisis, they remain a concern. “Historically, for up to three decades, the opioid crisis was being driven by prescription medications ...