Opinion

Getting Input On Education

Editorials

Obviously, the national Common Core curriculum seemed like a good idea to many leaders in West Virginia’s public education establishment. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed as if the plan was set in stone for our state. Someone forgot to check with the people of our state, however. ...

End Delay in Tests Involving Death

Editorials

It has been more than a year since the body of 15-year-old Kyle Morgan, of Moundsville, was found under the Fort Henry Bridge in Wheeling. His family wants answers concerning how he died. So do Wheeling police. A coroner ruled Morgan’s death was a homicide. A full autopsy was performed ...

What Took So Long?

Editorials

In just five months of working with county election officials, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office has gotten 61,386 names removed from voter registration lists throughout the state. Of that total, 5,766 were in Northern Panhandle counties. For years, little was done to ...

Pats on the Back:

Editorials

∫ To recipients of the Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Awards presented by the Bordas & Bordas law firm. This year’s student honorees include Kallee Dowler of Barnesville; Joy Henthorn of Beallsville; Trey Miller of Bishop Donahue; Tierra White of Bridgeport; Jasmine Jasenec of ...

Time Spent Being a Father Is an Investment

Local Columns

This year is a unique year for me because this year I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that someone in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become ...

Safe Gas Pipelines Critical to Our Quality of Life

Local Columns

Many might not realize the sheer number of items they use on a daily basis that contain refined oil and natural gas. Just this morning, you probably used several products made with these ingredients: your toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, mascara, contact lenses, and ibuprofen. Even the ...

City Considers Allowing More Mobile Food Carts in Town

Local Columns

Food Carts Recently, members of Wheeling City Council and other municipal leaders held a discussion about allowing more mobile food vendors in the downtown area. City leaders said the main reason they do not generally allow food carts is because the owners of established brick-and-mortar ...

Salvation Army’s Lt. Gene Hunt Transferred to Bluefield

Local Columns

Lt. Gene Hunt arrived in the Ohio Valley a year ago to become the commanding officer of the Salvation Army headquartered in Moundsville. It would be his first assignment, as a few days prior he had graduated from the Salvation Army school in Atlanta, Ga. When a Salvation Army officer assumes ...

School Scandal Still Unresolved

Editorials

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Local Columns

At one point during haggling over a new state budget, it was said spending on Medicaid might have to be reduced by $34.1 million. Because the federal government covers much of the program’s cost, that would have meant $100 million less from Washington, for a total cut in West Virginia’s ...

Expand Project To Aid Ex-Miners

Editorials

President Donald Trump knows, despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, that nothing he can do will restore the job of all the coal miners who lost them during the past eight years. Between former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and market forces, some of those men and women will ...

Yet Another Boy? Really?

Local Columns

My dad did not like doctors or hospitals. He avoided both at all costs when he could. So it was not surprising that when my mother would go into labor with one of the 12 children she would bear, my father often dropped her at the hospital door and went on back home. Of course those were the ...

Sunday School Christian

Local Columns

“Therefore let us leave behind the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity … .” (Hebrews 6:1. E.S.V. here and throughout.) As Christians, there are some very basic facts that we agree on. In the first instance, we begin with Christ. We understand that “Christ” is a ...

Drug Culture Literally Crazy

Editorials

Among the many challenges in fighting the plague of substance abuse that has washed over our region is that, for the most part, the people fighting it are logical, reasonable thinkers. There is no logic or reason on the other side. In fact, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pointed out a ...

Ensure Probe Is Thorough, Fair

Editorials

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can ...

End Hysteria Over Politics

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Stop Hiding Behind ‘Personnel Matter’

Editorials

Privacy in some situations involving government entities and their employees is understandable. For example, if a college professor’s teaching is found wanting, terminating his employment discreetly may be all right. But not when criminal behavior is a factor. A Marshall University ...

Fire Crooked State Professor

Editorials

Andrew P. Nichols is a Marshall University professor who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud West Virginia taxpayers. A substantial amount of Marshall’s funding is courtesy of taxpayers. It seems obvious, then, that Nichols should be fired immediately. He should never ...

Honoring the Flag Honors Our Nation

Editorials

When the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States, 240 years ago, our founders were making an important statement about the uniting of this rag-tag band of colonies under a single banner — as one nation. By 1861, that unity was in peril, and a Mr. Morris, a New ...

Better Schools Are Necessity

Editorials

If you are a public school official, it can be difficult to know where to begin in terms of improving education these days. Demands come from all quarters. Local boards of education may not want the same thing as state officials. With a new president and federal secretary of education in ...