Editorials

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 ...

Judge Right on Edict

Many, probably most, Americans agree government ought to stay out of our bedrooms. That is a reference to laws attempting to regulate private behavior including sex. But President Barack Obama has added a whole new dimension to the issue. He wants government to invade our school restrooms. To ...

Battling Abuse A Team Effort

Much of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole’s plan to battle the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia focuses on, well, focus. Cole, who is president of the state Senate, recognizes the very intensity with which Mountain State residents are fighting substance abuse is a ...

Stay the Course On Investments

State officials hit by round after round of bad fiscal news may have been wondering what on earth could go wrong next. They got their answer last week. West Virginia’s state investments have been doing well for many years. That came to a screeching halt during the fiscal year that ended ...

Helping Scio Correct Water System Woes

State and perhaps federal funding should be made available to the village of Scio to deal with a clear and present danger to the public’s health. As we reported last week, customers of the village water system have been advised not to consume water from it in any way. Even using the water ...

Pats on the Back:

- To Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting of Wheeling, honored last week at West Virginia Independence Hall for her many years of work in preserving historic buildings. The state Division of Culture and History is launching a new lecture series in her honor. - To the Switzerland of Ohio Board of ...

Making Local Schools Better

Northern Panhandle school officials contacted by our reporter earlier this week expressed a variety of good ideas for improving students’ performance on the state standardized test. They should be implemented quickly but judiciously, in view of scores on this year’s round of ...

Legal Marijuana Bad Idea in W.Va.

Some crazy ideas have been put forth in politics this year. Among the most absurd and disturbing was a suggestion this week, that the state of West Virginia should, in effect, turn to drug pushing to raise money. Center for Budget and Policy officials released a report suggesting all sorts of ...

Don’t Increase Soft Drink Tax

Why is it that many liberals’ answer to virtually any challenge in government is higher taxes? Revenue to fund government lagging? Raise taxes. Never mind that budget shortfalls often indicate constituents are having their own financial problems. Some social need, perhaps involving ...

W.Va. Economy Not Out of Woods

State officials were understandably happy about a report the state’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in July, down three-tenths of a point from June. But one month’s good news does not a recovery make, especially in a state so far down in the economic dumps. As economists point out, raw ...

Look Into Limits On VA Health Care

Some government benefits for military veterans, including health care, are linked to income. Veterans with comparatively high resources find health care limited through the Department of Veterans Affairs. That seems unfair, Ohio state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was told by some Belmont ...

Mayors Are Right To Tackle Drugs

Mayors and municipal council members can have little impact on the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia.  But it ought to be clear by now that the crisis is so big that just about anything that can be done to combat it should be undertaken. Drug abuse was one topic members of the Marshall ...

Approve Pool Grant

Benwood residents are justifiably proud of their municipal swimming pool. As Police Chief Frank Longwell put it this week, “Every city has its diamond, and the pool is the diamond of Benwood.” For many years, city residents and officials have worked hard to keep the pool in good ...

Don’t Let Anger Win in Wheeling

Wheeling is not Ferguson, Milwaukee, New York, Baton Rouge or any of a dozen or more other cities that have been in the news because of violent confrontations between African-Americans and police officers. Yet some of the anger seen in those communities has spilled over into ours. A Wheeling ...

Go Slow On New Employee

It is a bit troubling that at least some members of Wheeling City Council seem to believe it is necessary to hire a new municipal employee to provide enough strategic thinking. City council members seem to be in general agreement that the payroll needs to be increased by one person. But it ...

Drone Could Help Law Enforcement

Local law enforcement officers surrounding an Elm Grove home Tuesday morning had many reasons to be apprehensive. They knew a man with a gun was inside. Sadly, it appears he took his own life. Members of a SWAT team found his body when they entered the house. In preparing to do that, the ...

Either Keep Peace Or Disband Agency

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations’ peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn’t it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted “peacekeepers” doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered. It ...

Death Raises Critical Questions

The video recording that shows Perry Galloway Jr.’s last minutes on earth is gut wrenching and heart breaking. Every law enforcement officer and official in the Ohio Valley should view it. Galloway, of Wheeling, died March 31, 2015 after the car he was driving was pulled over by an Ohio ...

W.Va., Ohio Losing War Against Drugs

An unusual meeting set for Thursday in Wheeing is an indication of the magnitude of the drug abuse epidemic in our two states. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be at the Covenant Community Church from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. that day ...