Editorials

Redrawing Lines For Lawmakers

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Instill Empathy Among Students

It has been said and written that empathy is not a quality that stands out among young people. Sometimes (see editorial below) that is because we adults do not make the effort to instill it in them. But they do it at Brooke Middle School in Wellsburg. Last week, an assembly at the school ...

Using Social Media To Expose Bigotry

Set aside for a moment the absurd concept of “promposals” that has seized the social media generation and driven them to try to outdo each other with outrageous ways to ask their dates to the prom. One “promposal” in central Ohio is not only outrageous, it is demonstrative of the ...

Punish Disaster Relief Criminals

When the federal government dumps tens of millions of dollars into a state to help disaster victims, crooked politicians smell opportunity. Who’s to notice if some of the money gets siphoned away? After more than a year of questions concerning how more than $200 million in federal flood ...

Abuse Wrong, Reprisals Worse

We suspect most West Virginians share one idea on parenting: Harm my child, and the Lord help you. But what if you could get in trouble merely for protesting publicly that your son or daughter was being mistreated? Three parents in Berkeley County complained, then filed lawsuits alleging ...

Treating Our Way Out of the Crisis

Good for Marshall County Circuit Judge David Hummel for deciding treatment of some drug offenders needs to be kicked up a notch or two. His plan should receive all the support — including funding, if necessary — state officials can provide. Years ago, while he was serving as Ohio attorney ...

Stopping Drug Dealing Doctors

It would be strange indeed to find someone who does not owe a debt of gratitude, perhaps for life itself, to health care providers. They see “do no harm” as merely a starting point in tireless efforts to make our lives better. But every profession has within it a few bad apples, often ...

Education Panel Needs Leader Soon

With West Virginia legislators expected to convene a special session on education later this month, a critical leadership need has surfaced. On Tuesday, House of Delegates Education Committee Chairman Danny Hamrick resigned from that post. Hamrick, R-Harrison, stepped down at the request of ...

Conservation Worth Funding

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Ensuring Nursing Homes Are Safe

It is no secret our region’s population is aging, and that more families are having to make difficult decisions about the best place for older relatives to live. That decision is made no easier by the knowledge that Ohio is far behind federal guidelines when it comes to inspections of ...

Consider Solar Panels at WPHS

Public schools should spend taxpayers’ money as efficiently as possible to educate the children we entrust to them. Every dollar spent otherwise detracts from the overriding responsibility. Solar panels on the roof of Wheeling Park High School may be a good idea for that very reason, a ...

Get Infrastructure Funding for W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice expects West Virginia will benefit from an enormous federal infrastructure initiative “like you can’t imagine.” Let us hope so, because we don’t have to imagine the need for infrastructure funding in our state. It is daunting. Trump is proposing a $2 trillion ...

Best Behavior Is Mandatory

Exactly what happened at the Florida home of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel’s ex-wife probably will never be known by the public. What we do know is that the woman has decided not to press assault charges against McDaniel. We also know the ...

Protecting Police, Sheriff’s Deputies

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Repairing Stone, Shannon Road

No doubt West Virginia Division of Highways officials sometimes feel as if they are under siege from hundreds of thousands of people, all demanding, “Repair my road first!” It can’t be done, obviously. Give the DOH officials and workers credit. They are doing the best they can. But ...

Getting Answers On Drug Epidemic

Twenty-seven West Virginia hospitals, including Reynolds Memorial in Glen Dale, have filed a major lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. The suit, filed in Marshall County, alleges the companies used false marketing practices and engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” ...

Providing Dental Care at School

Some — including some educators — complain that public schools have taken on responsibilities far beyond education. They have become primary nutrition centers for children, even providing health care services, say those who worry whether all that detracts from their primary duty. But ...

Catching Benefits Program Cheaters

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has put his finger on the primary reason state and federal officials should increase efforts to catch cheaters receiving government benefits. It was revealed Tuesday that the Cooperative Disability Investigations unit in the Mountain State ...

Save Counties Money on Jails

At some point, the drug abuse epidemic in Ohio and West Virginia will taper off — we hope and pray. When that happens, overcrowded jails and prisons will not be the challenge they are today. But for now, what to do with those sentenced to time behind bars, as well as people awaiting ...

Save Funding For Rainy Day

“Found money” tends to excite our impulses to go out and buy things. Cash we didn’t expect to have will do that. But Ohio County Board of Education member David Croft’s assessment of the school system’s good fortune is right on target. Nearly a year ago, local voters agreed to ...