Opinion

Resources Vital To Battling Drugs

Editorials

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has gotten worse. Between our two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent ...

Dog Park Was City Commitment

Editorials

Local government officials are painfully aware of the old Murphy’s law warning: If anything can go wrong it will. Often, that costs taxpayers money. So it was with the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park in East Wheeling. Amid much fanfare, the park opened last year, after several years of ...

Planned Parenthood Abortions Increase

Editorials

Foes of restrictions on taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood argue that such action is a mean-spirited assault on poor women who cannot afford “pregnancy services” on their own. If you define “pregnancy services” as abortion, the critics may have a point. Clearly, Planned ...

Crack Down On Illegal Dumping

Editorials

“Drop the broken-down couch” and “Step out of the tire-filled dump truck and put your hands up” are not lines we hear on television crime shows. Few law enforcement officers beg for transfers to the anti-dumping unit. Cracking down on illegal dumping is not very glamorous or ...

Enforce Existing Laws to Save Lives

Editorials

Among complaints from conservatives worried about violating the Second Amendment by creating new gun control laws is the observation that we are not enforcing even the laws already on the books. In fact, some cases of gun violence might have been prevented had the laws already in place been ...

Training People For Jobs in W.Va

Editorials

The Appalachian Regional Commission, along with the Population Reference Bureau, released a report last month that puts a lot of data in one spot, purportedly to help development officials tackle the challenge of rebuilding our region’s economy. There is nothing surprising in the ...

Curbing Sex Assault In the Armed Forces

Editorials

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Vote for Hancock Library Funding

Editorials

Voters in Hancock County face a variety of difficult decisions in the May 8 primary election. They will have to select members of the county board of education, as well as nominees for important local, state and federal offices. There is one very easy choice to make, however. It is whether ...

Scrutiny of FBI Not Threat to Security

Editorials

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated ...

Overdose Map Is Tale of Tragedy

Editorials

So much for dismissing the drug abuse epidemic as someone else’s problem. A map produced by the Belmont County Health Department makes it all too clear the crisis touches every community. We have reproduced the map, showing the locations of drug overdoses reported last year, on our ...

‘Comedian’ Thinks Abortion Is Funny

Editorials

Politicians, and that includes their appointed aides, are expected to have thick skins. For that reason, jabs at presidential Press Secretary Sarah Sanders during the weekend White House Correspondents’ Association dinner were to be expected. But featured “comedian” Michelle Wolf ...

It Really Is a ‘Swamp’

Editorials

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thinks his pay ought to be cut. The fact it was set where it was by the Washington machine speaks volumes. Redfield took office in March, at an annual salary of $375,000. That is at least $150,000 ...

Lawmakers Right In Rejecting Tax

Editorials

A trend gaining popularity in many states is taxing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for opioid drugs they sell, with proceeds allegedly going toward programs to treat drug addicts and prevent substance abuse. West Virginia legislators discussed just such an idea last winter. ...

N. Korean Dictator’s Strategy Is a Puzzle

Editorials

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer during the weekend, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he ...

Neglect Should Not Be Rewarded

Editorials

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott is right that the city has to stop spending big bucks on junk buildings, relieving their owners of burdens and sometimes rewarding them richly. During just the past few years, city government has spent around $850,000 buying dilapidated structures and either ...

Cosby Conviction Sends a Message

Editorials

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...

Vote For School Bond Proposal

Editorials

Ohio County voters have played a critical role in making ours one of the best public school systems in West Virginia. Time and time again, when asked to invest in our children’s futures by paying higher property taxes, we have answered, “yes.” Every few years, education officials ...

Let’s Find A Solution To Bigotry

Local Columns

I’ve told the story many times, but it seems appropriate to repeat: Several years ago, I was standing in line at a bank walk-up window. I noticed a sign advising patrons the bank would be closed the following Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The man in front of me ...

Cracking Down On School Threats

Editorials

Is there no end to this? Once more last week, a student threatened to “shoot up” a local school. It was the most recent in a string of threats made to East Ohio schools during the past few months. This time, a Union Local School District student was involved. While riding on a school ...

W.Va. Democrats Should Not Help Blankenship

Local Columns

“You can’t shake hands with the devil, and say you’re only kidding.” That’s the line that came to mind when I read about an effort by West Virginia Democrats to help Don Blankenship become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate by running ads attacking his competition. The scheme has ...