Opinion

Ensuring Bridges Are Not Overlooked

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., understands that when public officials make decisions about infrastructure spending, they prefer new construction over repairs. She is right to be urging that a federal highway funding bill make bridge rehabilitation a priority. Capito, who chairs ...

Excellent Idea Was Supported

Editorials

A burning piece of paper was a reminder Wednesday of what can be accomplished when a really good idea is suggested to the Wheeling-area community. People tend to unite behind it and get good things done. A symbolic “mortgage burning” was held outside the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday ...

Punishing Hate Crime Severely

Editorials

True hate crimes are not as common as some would have us believe — but when they do occur, swift, severe punishment ought to be meted out. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Cincinnati sentenced Izmir Koch, 34, to 2 1/2 years in prison because he lied to the FBI and violated the federal hate ...

Resolve School Lawsuit Quickly

Editorials

West Virginians have waited a long time for some breakthrough in public school improvement. The catchall bill approved weeks ago by state legislators may not be it, but it is as close as we are likely to get for some time. Mountain State residents may not get even that. Dale Lee, ...

Savings Important To Project’s Future

Editorials

Just weeks ago, Ohio County Board of Education members got good news: Work to improve Bridge Street Middle School probably will be completed for about $500,000 under budget. This week, they found a very good use for part of the money. It seems a project to make restrooms at Triadelphia ...

Find Site For New Stadium

Editorials

In its time, the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District’s Bill Jobko Stadium was quite a showpiece. While fans of many other football teams had to endure inclement weather, those cheering on the Bulldogs could enjoy the roof covering their seats. But generations of weathering and ...

Help Young Victims

Editorials

Our nation’s first lady, Melania Trump, has taken a very specific interest in the drug abuse epidemic, for which West Virginia is ground zero. Mrs. Trump’s concern centers on children whose lives are affected, sometimes disastrously, by substance abuse. This week, she came back to ...

Manchin Right About Soccer Pay

Editorials

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. ...

Thinking About Use of Technology

Editorials

Why are we not surprised at state Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy’s explanation for why processing of some West Virginians’ income tax returns was delayed? You guessed it: technology — or, rather, failure to make it work —is blamed. Hardy told MetroNews this week that a new scanning ...

Replace Old Covered Bridge

Editorials

For months, Monroe County officials have been attempting to find enough money to renovate the Knowlton Covered Bridge near Graysville. Last Friday, they ran out of time. The 132-year-old wooden structure collapsed into the Little Muskingum River. “I think Mother Nature just finally took ...

Affordability Key To Cybersecurity

Editorials

No two governments are the same, and in Ohio they range in size from tiny townships and school boards to the state government itself. But, in cooperation with the National Governors Association, the state Department of Administrative Services is working to develop better cybersecurity and ...

Protecting Our Historic Bridge

Editorials

What is it going to take to keep buses and big trucks off the irreplaceable Wheeling Suspension Bridge? Do we need to have the West Virginia National Guard station armed troops at both ends of the span? Sometimes it seems drastic measures may be necessary. Just a few days ago, another bus ...

Get Best Price For Care Center

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners cannot continue pouring money into the Monroe Care Center. Their responsibility to taxpayers makes that clear. But for the very same reason, commissioners have a duty to obtain the most money they can through any arrangement to sell the facility. In order to ...

Serving, Protecting Even at Great Risk

Editorials

A Benwood man may be alive today because local police officers risked their lives to save him. At a time when attention often seems focused on alleged misdeeds by law enforcement personnel, it behooves the public to consider the heroism so many display. As we reported, the Benwood man was ...

Honoring a Role Model for All of Us

Editorials

Katherine Johnson was honored last week by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so ...

Healing Will Be Ongoing Process

Editorials

As Roman Catholic Archbishop William Lori pointed out in an interview we published Sunday, restoring trust in the church’s Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will be an ongoing process. What church leaders must keep in mind is that Catholics in the diocese will be watching closely, for ...

Remind Children Of Bike Safety Rules

Editorials

Two accidents involving children on bicycles have occurred in our area during the past several days. In one, a 9-year-old boy in Martins Ferry apparently rode his bike out in front of a car driven by a 17-year-old girl. The boy was injured seriously and hospitalized. In the second accident, ...

Guard Against Census Errors

Editorials

The face-reality crowd in West Virginia sometimes laughs at how local government officials react to U.S. Census Bureau estimates indicating that some of our cities and counties are losing population. A common excuse offered by mayors and county commissioners is that the feds missed some people ...

Teaching Students How To Be Healthy

Editorials

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools. But Ohio is the only state that has no health education ...

Get to Bottom Of RISE Flop

Editorials

Nearly a year and a half ago, West Virginians learned to our dismay and anger that state government was sitting on more than $149 million in federal aid intended for victims of June 2016 floods that hit several southern counties hard. Gov. Jim Justice said he was furious. He sacked the agency ...