Opinion

Impeachment Trial Was About Justice

Editorials

West Virginia legislators proved something important Tuesday when they voted against convicting state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker after an impeachment trial. There have been claims the whole episode — House of Delegates members impeaching four of the high court’s five ...

Remember This in November

Local Columns

The Democrats have been committed to opposing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Senators Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris announced their opposition before the nominee’s name was released. Almost immediately after his ...

Walker Should Lead Reforms

Editorials

It may be that West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker’s appearance of contrition and her pledges to make reforms at the court played a role in her acquittal after a short trial before state senators this week. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Safeguards against ...

Helping to Rebuild Once-Broken Lives

Editorials

When state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, attended a White House conference on drug abuse last week, he clued attendees from throughout the nation in on the cold new idea for helping former addicts. Ferns told those at the conference about a program at the Ziegenfelder Co. in ...

Guard Against Fraud in City

Editorials

In some small communities and school districts, officials and taxpayers have few options but to place a certain amount of trust in those who handle financial affairs. As we have seen repeatedly during the past few years, that can lead to trouble. Clerks, treasurers and other local ...

Oglebayfest, Fair Usher in Autumn

Editorials

Here and there on still-green lawns, a few yellow and orange leaves can be seen this week. Temperatures, while still warm, have begun to dip. Even the breezes feel less like summer and more like fall. It won’t be long before leaving the house will call for a jacket. Weekend recreational ...

Judge Kavanaugh Only on the Facts

Editorials

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

State Audits Critical In Spotting Fraud

Editorials

Ohio Valley residents have been reminded multiple times during the past few years that it is distressingly easy for a public official to abuse the trust placed in him or her. In both the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, several local government officials have been charged with and often ...

Unmask, Punish Corrupt Officials

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state ...

Discuss Proposal With Constituents

Editorials

Banning the practice of parking recreational vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. on public streets, as Wellsburg officials are considering, may be appropriate. Telling people they cannot park such vehicles in their own driveways is something else again, however. Wellsburg City Council ...

Aiding Mozart Fire Department

Editorials

No doubt Marshall County commissioners pay quite a few out-of-county companies for services and goods intended to benefit county residents. So why not help a volunteer fire department that, though headquartered a few hundred feet into Ohio County, serves and protects some Marshall County ...

Leave the Campaign Signs Alone, for Now

Editorials

Incivility seems to characterize a substantial amount of politics these days. No doubt most Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents would like to believe our public servants and those seeking office are better than that. But during several recent election cycles, we have heard from a few ...

New Spillway May Be Needed

Editorials

A dam at Epworth Park in Bethesda is not the danger some had feared, Village Council members were told last week. That is good news, but it should not be the end of the story. In late August, a village resident told council members she was worried about the dam. The earthen embankment ...

Collect Samples Of Criminals’ DNA

Editorials

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Walker Appears Least Culpable

Editorials

Legislators began writing a new chapter for West Virginia history books this morning. State senators opened proceedings in an impeachment trial involving state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker. Later this fall, two other sitting justices and one who resigned after being impeached will ...

Promoting Historic Preservation in City

Editorials

Not all the many strategic plans and public hearings held by state government hold interest for area residents. An upcoming meeting will be very important for us, however. On Nov. 1, the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office will hold a public meeting in Wheeling, to solicit ...

Compromising On Rate Hikes

Editorials

Steubenville residents can be pardoned if they are becoming dizzy from the parade of dollar amounts and percentages emanating from city council discussions about water, sewerage and garbage disposal rate increases. Give council members credit, however. For many months, they have been ...

Protecting Elderly Residents of Ohio

Editorials

The need for everyone to look out for children became apparent many years ago in Ohio. Requirements that many professionals, including teachers, report suspicions of abuse were the result. But the elderly? Somehow they fell through the proverbial cracks. Fortunately, that is changing. The ...

Where Is Judicial Restraint in W.Va.?

Local Columns

As we start the first impeachment trial in the West Virginia Senate this morning, I find it interesting the efforts some justices — on current and one former — of the state Supreme Court of Appeals are going to extract the court from the co-equal third branch of government it is supposed to ...

Making It Clear Justice Is Done

Editorials

Even as many eyes are trained on Washington these days, we in West Virginia are going through our own supreme court battle. The one in Washington, over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has degenerated into a vicious confrontation that often seems more a political duel than a search ...