Opinion

Ensure Tenants Do Not Suffer

Editorials

Government’s attempts to make life better for people too often backfire. It will require care to ensure that does not occur with a plan some members of Wheeling City Council have for rental housing. Councilman Dave Palmer, chair of the Public Safety Committee, previewed the proposal last ...

Smelling The Roses Editorially

Local Columns

Shop talk the other day with a fellow Mountain State editor turned to editorials. Unless you write for a handful of national newspapers, the more local, the better. But about what? We swapped a few tips about identifying and writing about important matters at the local level. You know: ...

Review W.Va. Ride Inspection Process

Editorials

Tens of thousands of people will be thronging the grounds of the West Virginia State Fair when it opens Thursday in Lewisburg. Many will want to test their nerve on the midway’s thrill rides. But on the minds of many will be what happened at the Ohio State Fair on July 26. Part of the ...

Are Competitive Electric Rates a Thing of the Past?

Local Columns

It’s time to talk turkey about what should be a major concern to all West Virginians, increasing electric rates. In his July 1 commentary, Mike Myer (Wheeling Intelligencer) asked “What’s Up With Electric Bills,” and then proceeded to use the appropriate term “skyrocketed” to ...

Change Rule That Harms Parents, Kids

Editorials

Ohio’s new two-year state budget includes $5 million for a “crisis fund” to help parents and guardians of disabled children obtain needed services. But why the special fund? A variety of state and federal programs fund care for such children. Legislators appropriated the money to ...

Members of Community Step Up During Times of Need

Local Columns

McMechen residents Mike and Roseanne Ferro were a three-hour drive away from home last weekend when they received word that flooding was taking place in not only their community, but in Benwood and other local areas. Delegate Ferro said, “As we traveled along Interstate 70 from Dayton, ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

- To the many people, some from far outside our area, who waded into the muck to help area residents clean up and repair damage from two rounds of flash flooding last month. And to the organizations who mobilized assistance and the businesses that donated products, equipment and services. - ...

Vulgarity Has Become Fashionable in Politics

Editorials

A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year — I skipped it — reported to me that the Young Republican men were “wearing their ties down past their (crotches).” I cleaned up the quote a bit for the benefit of a family newspaper. Though ...

Trying Something New, Yet Old: Intelligent Leadership

Editorials

Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don’t wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column’s creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from education to ...

Focusing On All Bigotry

Editorials

Once upon a time, brothers-in-law William Procter and James Gamble sold candles and soap. Their 19th-century family business grew into the largest consumer goods conglomerate in the world — launching the most recognizable brands on our grocery shelves, including Tide, Pampers, Crest, Nyquil ...

President Neither Loved Nor Feared in Congress

Editorials

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Those ‘Illegals’ Are Just Like Us in Many Ways

Editorials

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — So many small moments at a rally for immigrants in this northeast Ohio drove home the growing magnitude of the community’s loss. Children born in America, some of them mere toddlers, held up handmade signs pleading to keep their parents with them. They want to preserve ...

Once Again, the Guardrails Hold

Editorials

WASHINGTON — A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as ...

Immigrants a Convenient Scapegoat

Editorials

The administration rolled out its new immigration policy at the White House Wednesday during a week when nothing has gone well for the president. President Donald Trump has failed at health care reform. His poll numbers have slipped to 33 percent approval in a new Quinnipiac poll and 36 percent ...

Centre Market Upgrades, Football Season Coming

Editorials

Centre Market Improvements Coming Wheeling’s unique shopping and entertainment destination will soon see some improvements, as the Centre Market complex will receive new sidewalks and a new restroom. The funding will come from sales tax revenue generated within the city. The sidewalks ...

Change Under Trump in the American Coal Industry

Local Columns

Do you remember the song, “What a Difference a Day Makes?” Well, what a difference a year makes. In 2016, I appeared on national television news programs, which I have always detested, 51 times. Each time, I explained the regulatory rampage which was being waged by the Obama Administration ...

Devote Plenty Of Resources

Editorials

For some time now, we have been urging the federal government to get serious about helping communities and regions that are suffering worst from the substance abuse epidemic. Finally, it appears to be happening. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice ...

Kick Government Spending Habit

Editorials

With its budget zeroed out for 2017-18, and the West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention likely to be reduced from an eight-person staff to one, there are people, particularly in Charleston, pointing to the office as a prime example of the evils of budget cuts. People will lose their jobs ...

Collecting Trash More Efficiently

Editorials

Garbage collection has not changed much in many years. In general, it involves workers who pick up garbage bags and throw them in trucks, or empty refuse cans into them. That is about to change in Steubenville. There, a $1 million sanitation collection modernization initiative is being ...

Waste, Lying at VA Not Being Curbed

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in ...