Opinion

The Cries Of a Child

Local Columns

There are times when I want to walk across the newsroom and pull the plug on the police scanner. Wednesday night was one of those times. Over more than three decades of reporting, I have seen and heard the kinds of reports that send chills up my spine. I have listened to the breathless ...

Limit Spending On New Park

Editorials

Wheeling’s newest park area, just to the south of the historic Suspension Bridge on Wheeling Island, is a blank canvas — or, rather, grassy area — just waiting to be developed. That process need not be expensive. Just a few people attended a public meeting Tuesday that city officials ...

Keep Teens Safe On Prom Night

Editorials

Glamorous gowns have been picked out. Tuxedo rental agreements have been signed. Limousines have been lined up by some. And yes, the flowers have been ordered. It is prom season for thousands of Northern Panhandle and East Ohio high school students. The big night will be a highlight of many ...

Base Decision On Safety Study

Editorials

Surely there is a better answer to the question of traffic safety in downtown Wheeling than whether one believes Mayor Glenn Elliott or resident Charles Ballouz. The two disagree about a proposal to open one-way sections of Main and Market streets to two-way traffic. Elliott favors it, in ...

DEA Failed On Opioid Crisis

Editorials

Some in law enforcement, including the FBI, failed tragically to prevent a killer from massacreing 17 people at a Florida high school. But another agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, may have failed to prevent far more deaths. DEA officials were on the hot seat Tuesday during a ...

People, Not Weapons, Are the Real Threat

Editorials

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, apparently came to an end ...

Free Speech Still Secure in Ohio

Editorials

It is easy to understand why Ohio’s internet harassment law was challenged by a liberal group, a conservative organization and a freelance political reporter. Huh? What on earth would bring such a diverse coalition together? Concern about freedom of speech. It is not at all difficult ...

Protect All Aspects Of First Amendment

Editorials

We Americans, who demonstrate regularly that many of us do not understand the First Amendment, ought to be happy the U.S. Supreme Court does. For example, the high court has ruled more than once that freedom of speech works both ways. That is, it allows us to speak our minds — but it also ...

Let Real People Grade the Tests

Editorials

Just because something is possible does not mean it is a good idea. But companies developing artificial intelligence programs have made a great deal possible, and too many government entities looking to jump on the bandwagon are failing to ask whether the ideas are good. Approximately 75 ...

Resource Officers Can Save Lives

Editorials

Unless we can find better ways to keep armed people bent on violence out of our schools, the only way to protect our children and grandchildren is to ensure someone can fight back. A tragedy Tuesday at a Maryland high school reinforced the point. Just as classes were getting underway at ...

Preventing Fraud At Funeral Homes

Editorials

People making funeral arrangements for loved ones are at their most vulnerable, in many ways. Those who complete the task for themselves, often years in advance of the need, can be victimized for an entirely different reason. That is why West Virginia has a Board of Funeral Examiners, ...

Veterans Courts Worth Pursuing

Editorials

The law is no respecter of persons, it has been said. If you are arrested, you will be treated the same as anyone else, in other words. Perhaps Belmont County should join other jurisdictions in making an exception to the rule, however. It involves veterans of military service. More than ...

Emphasize Ways To Help Addicts

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

Existing Safeguards Failed in Parkland

Editorials

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Catch Culprits Behind Threat

Editorials

In the current climate of worry about the safety of our children in their classrooms, few acts are more despicable than intentionally inducing panic by making a spurious threat to attack a school. But there is something more reprehensible, and it happened last week in Bellaire. There, ...

Charge Lawyer With His Crimes

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court justices have annulled the law license of an attorney who, according to the court, used it to commit truly shameful acts. According to the court, Chapmanville lawyer Benjamin F. White lured a woman accused of child neglect into an arrangement whereby he claimed ...

Protect Endangered Species in Africa

Editorials

President Donald Trump is under fire over a board created to advise him on how to protect certain African animals that are in decline, in part because of hunting. Critics say too many of the panel’s members are trophy hunters. At issue are rules for importing the heads and hides of ...

Still on Retreat Against Drugs

Editorials

Just when it seemed West Virginians might be on the road to recovery from the substance abuse epidemic, a new villain changed the rules of the contest. It is fentanyl. During 2016, drug overdoses claimed 884 lives in our state. During the first 11 months of last year, overdoses were fatal ...

Protesting While Class Is in Session

Local Columns

One wonders what would happen if high school students throughout the country decided to walk out of class to stage a protest against abortion — or against restrictions on it. My guess is that not a single such demonstration would occur. High school principals throughout the nation would ...

Zero-Tolerance Policy Is Essential

Editorials

During the months before Nikolas Cruz went to a high school in Parkland, Fla., and massacred 17 people, there were many signals that he had become a threat. In some cases they were ignored. In others, law enforcement agencies were urged to act, but did not. Local school officials and ...