Opinion

Battling Plague Of Drug Abuse

Editorials

On Friday, we reported plans for the Sept. 15 observance in Wheeling of a statewide “Day of Hope” focusing on the substance abuse crisis. On the same day, a grim report made it clear we can use all the hope we can muster. Last year, 1,011 people died of drug overdoses in West ...

A Kettle Full Of Memories

Local Columns

This holiday weekend has me wondering what happened to the corn kettle. This oversized pot would appear on the stove at my parents home each summer holiday. It was the only kettle large enough to hold more than a dozen ears of freshly picked corn on the cob. I hated the job of husking the ...

Funding Sewer System Plan

Editorials

It is surprising in a way that no state or federal agency has come down hard on residents of Hannibal, Sardis and Duffy. The three Monroe County communities are adjacent to the Ohio River — and none has a central sewage treatment system. That could change if a proposal discussed during ...

Keep Bail System In Operation Here

Editorials

More than a few people charged with crimes complain about the bail system. Coming up with several thousand dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — to gain release from jail while awaiting trial is an unreasonable burden, they say. Leave it to the Californians to come up with a ...

Keep Moving Forward to Improve W.Va. Economy

Local Columns

As leaders from across the state gather this week for the West Virginia Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit, there will be numerous conversations about the progress underway in the Mountain State. Speakers and panelists will highlight impressive improvements: job growth, increased ...

Explanation Of Payout Needed

Editorials

Someone made a mistake, or the Buckeye Local Board of Education would not be paying out $70,000 to make a lawsuit go away. Taxpayers have a right to know what happened. During their meeting Monday night, board members agreed to pay Angela Hicks $70,000. She had been director of federal ...

Get Best Trade Deals for U.S.

Editorials

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican ...

Taking Action Over Threats

Editorials

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

McCain Right About Americans

Editorials

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

More State Funds Needed Badly

Editorials

Just two-thirds of the way through the year, Jefferson County has nearly run out of money to pay attorneys who represent criminal defendants unable to cover their own costs. County commissioners may have no choice but to dig around their budget and find supplemental funding. At the current ...

HUD Should Give Brilliant the Money

Editorials

Federal officials still are being hard-headed about a simple mistake that could cost Brilliant water and sewer customers $500,000. That needs to end. Brilliant Water and Sewer District officials are planning $3.6 million in upgrades, including a new water treatment plant. For a time, it had ...

Keep School Bus Speeds Below 70

Editorials

West Virginia Board of Education members were right to slam the brakes on a proposal to permit school buses to travel at 70 mph. Now, they should put the idea in park. Several state public education policy changes are being considered by the board. But members have tabled a proposal ...

Reconsider Harsh ADA Enforcement

Editorials

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Agreement On Plan Important

Editorials

St. Clairsville officials and Belmont County commissioners are off to a good start in a plan to freshen up the appearance of the city’s downtown business district. Located in the middle of the district, the courthouse was renovated extensively last year. That made the need to upgrade the ...

Letting Kim Know We Are Skeptical

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Shut Down ‘Pill Mills’ in W.Va.

Editorials

The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic. Local, state ...

Promoting State However Possible

Editorials

A new online video game, “Fallout 76,” is set in West Virginia, as we reported Sunday. That is wonderful news for our state. Video games, especially the post-apocalyptic sort, are not everyone’s cup of tea. This one, with survivors of a nuclear war battling ghouls, mutants, etc., ...

Ensuring Dam Is Not a Danger

Editorials

Someone qualified to inspect dams needs to examine the one at Epworth Park in Bethesda soon. And if it proves to have deteriorated as severely as a woman living near it believes, state officials should take emergency measures to repair it. During their meeting last week, Bethesda Village ...

McCain a True American Hero

Editorials

Not everyone agreed with U.S. Sen. John McCain’s political decisions. But there can be no argument — none at all — about one thing: McCain was a genuine American hero. On Friday, his family announced the Arizona Republican had decided to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer he ...

Punishment Lacking

Editorials

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...