Opinion

Spying Revelation Not Unexpected

Editorials

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from unaware users, it was revealed this week. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission in answer to a request by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. What should concern ...

Cutting Building Removal Costs

Editorials

Quite likely the dirtiest of dirty words to local government officials dealing with dilapidated buildings is “asbestos.” It can be exceedingly costly to raze a structure containing the material. Asbestos abatement can be more costly than all other demolition costs combined. But have ...

Paying to Save African Elephants

Editorials

Even as President Donald Trump’s administration was loosening restrictions on importation of elephant body parts, some other countries were tightening them. Great Britain has banned the sale of most ivory, with a few exceptions for old musical instruments and works of art. Britain’s ban ...

View Proposal With Skepticism

Editorials

Easy come, easy go. That might be the taxpayers’ lament regarding progress in curbing the growth of government bureaucracy. Just weeks ago, West Virginia legislators took a step in trimming one unnecessary layer in state government. They approved a bill to eliminate the Department of ...

Terrorists Not All In the Middle East

Editorials

Middle Eastern nations clearly are ground zero for Islamic terrorism. But it is a plague in other regions, too. On Sunday, Boko Haram terrorists staged attacks in two villages in northeast Nigeria. At least 15 people were killed. More than 80 were wounded. It could have been worse. ...

Ensure Trust Is Being Earned

Editorials

Power may corrupt, as has been said, but those very low in the government pecking order often enjoy the best opportunities to profit from wrongdoing. Another allegation of theft from local government is in the news. Dawn Lee, former fiscal officer for both Belmont County’s York Township ...

W.Va. Wild, But People Wonderful

Editorials

It’s true that if outsiders slight our fellow Mountain State residents, we West Virginians pull together in defense of our neighbors. But from time to time, we have our own in-state differences of opinion. Take a comment made a few days ago in a published story about a program in Boone ...

W.Va. Children The Top Priority

Editorials

Thousands of West Virginia children are in grave danger, most of them because of the drug abuse epidemic. Bless them — and we do not write that lightly — officials in the state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing what they can to protect the little ones. Forty-eight ...

Easter Reinforces Powerful Promise

Editorials

There was alleged “fake news” two millennia ago, too. Jesus Christ was no more than a political troublemaker, a social revolutionary, claimed those in power. He was not the Messiah in whom some had faith, they insisted. So they put an end to the revolution — or so they thought. They ...

Investigating the Facts On Drug Abuse Crisis

Editorials

We cannot afford to go on wild goose chases in our effort to battle the scourge of drug abuse. As U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., points out, some anti-drug initiatives may be based on false premises. During a fact-finding visit to the Moundsville Pharmacy last week, McKinley sought ...

Holding Onto Your Dreams

Local Columns

If you’ve never seen the movie “The Right Stuff,” I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful film, not least because West Virginian Chuck Yeager plays a leading, if misunderstood, role in both the story and the film. But while you’re watching, take note of one of the most ...

Easter Lilies a Reminder of Power of Empty Tomb

Local Columns

Most authorities agree that a missionary, a Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems ...

Progress Being Made in Moving Museum to Old Penitentiary

Local Columns

Another step has been taken which will hopefully enable the Marshall County Historical Society Museum to relocate to the former West Virginia Penitentiary has been taken. The step was in the form of a document dealing with many facts pertaining to the WVP, a requirement needed before any ...

Bond Issue Is Investment in Our Community’s Future

Local Columns

An investment in our schools is an investment in our community. Ohio County Schools is proposing a $42 million bond initiative for necessary and important improvements in all of our schools. This is such an exciting opportunity to improve on infrastructure throughout our school system. We ...

Heritage Trail Safety Important

Editorials

Wheeling police have done a commendable job of cleaning up some of the city’s neighborhoods. Now, they should tackle what could be the toughest nut of all to crack: the Heritage Trail. As we reported Thursday, three robberies have taken place on the trail during the past two months. In at ...

Second Amendment Still Secure

Local Columns

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote many years before the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson allegedly added, “He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of ...

Mixing New Ideas With Experience

Editorials

Mayor Glenn Elliott is right: Fresh faces need to be seen on some of Wheeling’s volunteer boards and commissions. That does not mean veterans of good, faithful service for many years ought to be told “thanks, but no thanks,” however. Four important municipal bodies have vacancies. ...

Easter in Germantown

Local Columns

Our dad loved Easter almost as much as Christmas. Holidays were special for the kid from Center Wheeling where the ornate Catholic church — St. Alphonsus — loomed larger than life over the neighborhood. For our dad I think the church and his faith were the center of every holy day and ...

Paying for Better Roads and Bridges

Editorials

No one likes to have to pay the government more. Then again, no one likes it when their car or truck bounces from one pothole to another. Belmont County commissioners want to do something about the latter. At the urging of county Engineer Terry Lively, they plan to increase vehicle license ...

Deterring Prank School Threats

Editorials

Since the massacre at a Florida high school earlier this year, there have been about half a dozen threats of violence at schools in our area. Educators and law enforcement agencies have dealt effectively with all of them. Because many involve juveniles, the public may never know precisely ...