Opinion

There’s Still Time To Get Flu Shot

Editorials

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Reversing Decay In Steubenville

Editorials

Steubenville City Council members certainly did not intend it that way, but their timing in approval of higher utility rates was appropriate. It occurred just in time for city residents and business owners to be reminded of the need to devote more resources to infrastructure. Colder weather ...

Ensure Child Care Centers Are Good

Editorials

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

Finding Solution For W.Va. Roads

Editorials

Nearly a month ago, Marshall County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook put his finger on what simply must be a top priority for state government during the new year. “Somebody’s going to get killed, and we need to fix the roads before that,” Crook said during an early-December public ...

Get I-70 Project Moving in Spring

Editorials

Last August, state officials opened bids for a massive project to repair and improve Interstate 70 in Ohio County. To their shock, proposals came in nearly $75 million over the estimated $201 million for the work. That prompted Gov. Jim Justice and Division of Highways officials to decide ...

Curb Corruption At Ohio Agency

Editorials

Many people probably believe that when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and the fact is a gift to those out to swindle taxpayers. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements ...

Settle Governor’s Residence Issue

Editorials

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where ...

Going Slow On W.Va. Budget

Editorials

A few days into January, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly ...

Make High School Diplomas Count

Editorials

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that Incomplete grade in School Reform 1. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...

Don’t Drink, Drive

Editorials

The good news, as we prepare for those big New Year’s Eve celebrations, is that police and sheriff’s deputies will be out in force to arrest those who drive while intoxicated. The bad news — you knew this, already — is that many revelers will go ahead and drink too much before ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To all involved with the local Habitat for Humanity program. It presented a wonderful Christmas gift to a Wheeling woman and her three teenage daughters — a new home on Wheeling Island. Habitat for Humanity helps those willing to put a substantial amount of their own work into home-building ...

It’s a ‘There But for the Grace of God’ Book

Local Columns

C. J. Plogger is a native of Colorado who answered a call from the Church of God in Moundsville, W.Va., and later “moonlighted” as a tour guide at the old West Virginia Penitentiary there. Davis Grubb is one of the state’s more famous writers, having written, e.g. “Night of the ...

John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Is Back

Local Columns

A project to honor persons who had significantly contributed to the John Marshall High School community was initiated in 2005 following approval by the Marshall County Board of Education. It became known as the “John Marshall Wall of Fame.” For the first 15 years the plaques were housed ...

Keeping Old Skills From Dying

Local Columns

One does not expect to find a FlipperDinger, much less a Whimmydiddle, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Yet there my wife and I found the toys during a visit many years ago. They were in the institution’s main gift shop, and we were gratified to notice the packaging: ...

Attracting More School Teachers

Editorials

West Virginians are told our state has a shortage of school teachers. It is serious enough that the former head of the state’s American Federation of Teachers chapter, Christine Campbell, stepped down from that post to work on a solution. Ironically, one potential aid has been opposed in ...

Resolving to Stop Corruption

Local Columns

What’s the difference between many of those serving long sentences in West Virginia prisons and some government officials in our state? If you said, “they got caught,” you’re wrong. We know the culprits behind at least some of the wrongdoing in government, but too often, we ...

Some Criminals Work at Prisons

Editorials

Prisons are supposed to be where we send men and women convicted of crimes. Turns out that is where some people go to commit them. Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of ...

The Beauty Of Life Here

Local Columns

There is this sliver of time most days when the sun is pushing its way up onto the eastern horizon while the moon still smiles high in the western sky. It’s that space in the day, between night and day, that holds a type of artwork that only a Higher Power could allow. I’ve often stopped ...

Celebrating Our Past in Wheeling

Editorials

If you have been wondering exactly when in 2019 Wheeling residents will be celebrating our city’s 250th anniversary, the answer is: all year. As we reported on Christmas Day, the observance will kick off Jan. 5 with a Twelfth Night Costume Ball at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park. It is being ...

Regulating Child Care Providers

Editorials

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...