Editorials

Put Repeat DUI Offenders in Jail

Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato was absolutely right about something he said this week. Belmont County “is safer today than it was a week ago,” the judge said in sentencing a repeat DUI offender. Fregiato sentenced the St. Clairsville man to three years in prison. ...

Ensure Belleview Pool Is Repaired

Steubenville officials may have no choice but to close the Belleview public swimming pool to save it. If so, they should not hesitate to do just that. As we have reported, City Manager Jim Mavromatis has recommended the pool not be opened this year. While it is closed, major repair and ...

Provide More Drug Treatment

When it comes to battling our state’s substance abuse crisis, there are no Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature. There are just West Virginians as desperate as any of the rest of us to do something about the scourge. A bill approved Wednesday by the House of Delegates made that ...

Sending Message On City Spending

In the great scheme of financial things, action Monday by Moundsville City Council may not amount to a hill of beans. But council members deserve praise for doing what state and federal officials so often claim is impossible — holding the budget line. Previously, council members had been ...

Much Coal Industry Damage Irreparable

President Donald Trump did an enormous service for millions of Americans this week, when he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill its so-called Clean Power Plan. But the damage already has been done to millions of other families and businesses — along with thousands of ...

Tackle Health Care Reform in Pieces

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Still Not Facing Reality That Entitlements Must Be Controlled

Every society has its rituals. Indeed, while the details vary from place to place and time to time, ritual itself is a human universal, according to anthropologist Donald Brown. I’m a big believer in the importance of rituals. They provide an important conduit for the transmission of ...

GOP Infighting Likely to Grow Worse

The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan described last week’s decision to pull a bill replacing Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation as a short-term problem. The bill had had strong support from President Donald Trump. “Doing big things is hard,” ...

Initial Failure Doesn’t Bode Well for Repeal, Replace Campaign

In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump’s governing style and also of his fabled dealmaking approach. Or rather, I should say, Trump got a good sense of what governing is like — hard, hard, hard. And it’s bound to get more difficult given the ...

Budget Restraint Erodes in W.Va.

A big question in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week was whether Gov. Jim Justice would veto a general revenue budget for about $124 million less than he wants. But elsewhere in the Mountain State, another question may be asked: What happened to the hold-the-line budget ...

Keep Taxpayers Off Hook for Demolition

Someone owned the house at 602 Jefferson St., Martins Ferry, that city officials decided ought to be demolished last week. They were right; the structure had been damaged heavily in a fire and was a safety hazard. City officials have had to spend about $14,000 in taxpayers’ money to have ...

Ensure Money Flows To School Systems

Regional education service agencies cost West Virginia taxpayers about $3.7 million a year. That was the amount budgeted for the eight RESAs this year. In exchange, the RESAs — some, like ours in the Northern Panhandle, much more efficient than others — brought in tons of other money, ...

Keeping an Eye On Legion Bar

It appears the bar at American Legion Post 89 in East Wheeling may have a new lease on life. If so, city officials need to make it clear this is not a long-term lease, but one that will be reviewed from month to month. Earlier this year, Wheeling City Council seemed primed to declare the ...

Tackle Mid-Level Housing Challenge

It ought to come as no surprise that there is a shortage of single-family houses priced between $125,000 and $200,000 in Wheeling. What, if anything, city officials can do about it poses a difficult question. A committee studying housing challenges in the city has concluded satisfying ...

Don’t Give Up On Health Care Bill

How long and how many tries did it take ultra-liberals to achieve what they planned to be a government takeover of the health insurance industry? Many years, accompanied by several false starts. Americans disappointed at defeat of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare should keep that in ...

Give Counties More Infrastructure Ability

State senators have approved a bill that, if implemented fully, could give counties throughout West Virginia more power to accomplish infrastructure improvements. Senate Bill 210, approved Monday by a vote of 29-5 in the Senate, has moved to the House of Delegates. Lawmakers there should ...

Stop Extremism at Source

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that ...

Wondering How We Can Prevent Terrorism? Try Asking the Swiss

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Belgium’s deadly terror attacks: bombings that struck Brussels Airport and a subway station near the European Parliament building. Recently, flights at Paris Orly Airport came to a temporary halt after 39-year old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, born in ...

Celebrating West Virginia’s Role In Getting Vote for 18-Year-Olds

Sometimes when people mention the United States Constitution, they might be able to recite the First Amendment’s rights to free press and freedom of religion, or they might speak of the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms. But what do you know about the other amendments to the ...

Haste Made Waste on Health Care

The GOP congressional caucus was in chaos as it tried to ram through the Obamacare repeal it has been promising for seven years but never really thought through. The Washington Post reported: “The Republican health-care overhaul faces its greatest test ever Thursday as President Trump and ...