Editorials

Helping Parents Help Their Children

Public schools are having an increasingly difficult time depending on a working relationship with the parents of students in their charge. Learning opportunities that used to be exploited at home are often wasted as parents rely on teachers and administrators to handle all of their children’s ...

Marijuana Plan Is Not Sensible

Talk about a misnomer: A campaign aimed at voters in Bellaire certainly qualifies. It is being conducted by a group calling itself “Sensible Bellaire.” If successful, the group wants to “decriminalize” possession of marijuana in the village. Even given the fact such action would have ...

Government Waste Remains Rampant

Lest West Virginians believe what they have been told about state government bloat being a thing of the past, a report from the Legislative Post-Audit Division reminds us little has truly changed. In what is surely still just the tip of the iceberg in terms of bureaucratic coasting, ...

Clinton Is Tardy In Ethics Concern

With a presidential election on the line, Hillary Clinton is beginning to take ethics regarding her family’s Clinton Foundation seriously. If she is elected, the foundation will make changes, she and husband Bill Clinton have said. Blatant conflicts of interest have been reported widely. ...

Saving Photographs Damaged in Floods

As all too many Ohio Valley families are painfully aware, some of the worst damage floods can do is emotional. Loss of furniture and appliances is bad enough. Repairing water-soaked homes can be expensive. But those are replaceable things with monetary value. When boxes full of old family ...

N. Korea a Naval Threat

Some defense analysts have warned the U.S. Navy is not capable of dealing with all the ocean-borne threats in our modern world. This week, North Korea provided a reminder of how the naval power situation is changing. A North Korean submarine fired a ballistic missile that flew about 310 ...

The Intelligencer Firm in Service

Our culture has changed dramatically during recent years. Self-driving cars have become a reality. Supermarket produce shelves display fruits and vegetables we didn’t know existed until we saw them. The past year in politics has been unsettling for many. We at The Intelligencer have ...

Check on Drug Testing Security

Keeping secrets in many high schools is virtually impossible. Students sometimes know about staff changes before the affected teachers are informed. So concern expressed at a Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education meeting a few days ago, that athletes somehow learn when they are to be ...

W.Va. Needs Flood Relief Help, Too

Federal disaster relief agencies seem focused on devastating flooding in Louisiana, and that certainly is appropriate. As many as 40,000 homes have been damaged by muddy water that also claimed 13 lives in that state. Don’t forget about West Virginia, however. Raging flash floods that hit ...

Clinton Probe Was Ended Prematurely

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly, sometimes under oath, that her lawyers and technicians turned over all the emails she stored illegally on a personal server while she was secretary of state. In response to one court order, she swore she had ordered that all the ...

Crooked Politics Prevails

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an old friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton, tried to do her a favor about a month ago. People convicted of felonies are more likely to vote for Democrats, some election analysts say. So McAuliffe declared tens of thousands of them who have been released from prison ...

Obamacare Is Gigantic Mess

A few years ago, the Heritage Foundation published an analysis of the top 10 Obamacare promises broken — or  soon to be broken. Among them were the now famous, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan,” and “If you like your doctor, you will be ...

Job Retraining Not Panacea for Miners

Laid-off coal miners in our area, and there are hundreds of them, did not need Harvard to tell them how unrealistic are the job retraining programs politicians claim will be the saviors of those displaced by government action. Jobless steelworkers and aluminum mill veterans could have told them ...

Porter Deserves Commendation

Most of us would leap at the opportunity to earn an additional $30,000, even if it meant lots of work on top of our usual responsibilities. Not Ben Porter. He turned down such an offer. Porter is superintendent of the Union Local school district. In addition to his normal duties, he also ...

Punish Athletes Who Lied About Robbery

Americans had every reason to puff out our chests in pride at how our athletes performed during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, we are being forced by a few of them to hang our heads in shame. Four U.S. swimmers, including 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, spent a ...

Punish Breach Of Trust Severely

Public school teachers have enormous responsibilities. In addition to educating our children, they must look out for their welfare in other ways. The overwhelming majority of local school personnel take those duties very seriously — and handle them in praiseworthy manners. Occasionally, ...

Ensure Offenders Register in W.Va.

Many of the convicted sex offenders on the registry West Virginia maintains to warn communities about them did not commit their crimes here. They did so in other states, moving to ours afterward. Some may be seeking to build new lives away from the places where they gained notoriety for all ...

Ensure Program Remains Solvent

A bipartisan committee of state legislators is to begin meetings this week to tackle a critically important task — ensuring the state unemployment compensation system remains solvent. For some time during the “Great Recession,” many state programs to help laid-off workers experienced ...

Protecting Addicts From Themselves

Huntington made national news a week ago when, in the space of a few hours, 28 people there overdosed on heroin laced with a deadly additive. Just two of the victims died, however. Two fatalities from drug abuse is too many, of course. But the fact first responders were able to save the lives ...

Merging Jefferson Health Departments

Many public officials in Steubenville and elsewhere in Jefferson County seem to be in favor of merging the city and county health departments. Failure to do that reportedly could prompt a state takeover of the city agency. Much has changed in Jefferson County since the individual health ...