Opinion

Letting Locals Set Priorities

Editorials

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in St. Clairsville: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local ...

Trying Something New at St. John

Editorials

Ensuring a funding stream of $750,000 a year to keep St. John Central High School open is a daunting prospect. A group of men and women who graduated from the school have taken it on, however. A few weeks ago, it was announced St. John Central, in Bellaire, will be closing. Officials of ...

Wheeling Jesuit Worth Saving

Editorials

Wheeling Jesuit University’s announcement that officials there have declared a “financial exigency” probably did not come as much of a shock to most area residents. WJU has had difficulty making ends meet for several years. Exactly how serious the problem is now is not known outside a ...

Punish Those Who Put Children at Risk

Editorials

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning ...

Time a Factor On Garage Plan

Editorials

Wheeling City Council members had little choice but to suspend City Manager Robert Herron indefinitely, in view of the driving under the influence charge against him. But taking him out of the office intensifies the pressure they already were under regarding major initiatives council has been ...

Trim Spending In Monroe County

Editorials

Monroe County commissioners have been spending beyond their means for three years, county Treasurer Taylor Abbott told them Monday. He advised big-ticket expenditures should be reconsidered. Abbott’s report was sobering. During the three years from 2016-18, the county spent nearly $5 ...

Reveal Details On Bransfield

Editorials

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Attending Forum On Public Schools

Editorials

West Virginia legislators will spend the next several weeks educating themselves on public education, in preparation for a special session they will hold on the topic later this spring. The more facts they can gather — and the more opinions they can hear — the better. To that end, the ...

Discuss Herron Arrest for DUI

Editorials

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott was wise to call for a special meeting of city council, as soon as practical, to discuss the arrest of City Manager Robert Herron during the weekend. Herron was arrested Saturday night, after a traffic accident in downtown Wheeling. No serious injuries were ...

Lawmakers’ Hearts Are in Right Place

Editorials

Efforts by West Virginia legislators to ensure various public assistance programs are not abused sometimes are criticized as alleged attacks on the poor. Conservatives in particular are accused routinely of engaging in “war against women.” Neither claim could be farther from the truth of ...

Curb Medicaid Fraud in W.Va.

Editorials

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Ultra-Leftists Gain Control of Party

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Despite the Drama, Business Got Done

Local Columns

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Protecting Old Suspension Bridge

Editorials

Ask an engineer today to design a bridge that will last 170 years. Be prepared to be laughed out of his or her office. Not possible, you may be told. But it is, or was. We have proof of that right here in Wheeling. It is the Suspension Bridge, which opened in 1849. It is both a National ...

Let Public See How Money Is Expended

Editorials

Transparency is among many buzzwords we hear regularly from those in public office and those seeking to be elected. But when it comes to allowing the public to “look at the books” — that is, to see how our money is being spent — there suddenly seems to be less interest in ...

Change the Slogan?

Editorials

Follansbee Mayor David Velegol thinks his city’s official slogan — “Follansbee Never Fails” — ought to be changed. “That’s a kind of egotistical type of thinking,” he explains. Perhaps not. The slogan can be considered in any number of ways. Perhaps learning what its ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To all involved in making the Mountain East Conference basketball tournament in Wheeling a success ­— especially to WesBanco Arena General Manager Denny Magruder and his staff. - To Wheeling Park High School graduate Sarah Ihlenfeld, who is one of 15 West Virginia University students ...

Ask FBI, Toyota, Mr. Bezos

Local Columns

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos seems like a reasonably intelligent, educated fellow, so it’s unlikely he would react to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s letter by asking if the senator has a site near Richmond in mind. On the other hand, one wonders whether Bezos knows enough about West Virginia to ...

Noted Author Set to Speak at Historical Society Dinner

Local Columns

Joe Geiger, director of the Archives and History Department of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History, will be the speaker for the annual dinner meeting of the Marshall County Historical Society to be held March 23 at Grand Vue Park’s Banquet Hall. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., ...

Growing Economy and Safeguarding Environment

Local Columns

As we begin the New Year, West Virginia’s economic outlook continues to surpass expectations, with another month of revenue adding to our state’s record surplus — with the energy industry being credited by state budget officials as being the primary driver of these gains. According to ...