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Slashing Service But Spending More

June 19, 2014 Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let’s hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait. more »»

Moundsville Should Pursue ATV Rules

June 19, 2014 Surely Moundsville officials can write a city ordinance that cracks down on those who misuse all-terrain vehicles on city streets, without penalizing those who use ATVs appropriately. more »»

Violence Has Roots Elsewhere

June 18, 2014 Street violence in Steubenville has become an interstate phenomenon calling for involvement by federal law enforcement agencies. more »»

Opportunities Can Be Nearby

June 18, 2014 Economic development officials tend to be on the lookout for new businesses. Opportunities in headline-making industries such as energy and flashy high-tech ventures are sought. more »»

Americans Still At Risk in Iraq

June 18, 2014 Even as President Barack Obama was bragging in December 2011 about withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq, skeptics warned the pullout was ill-advised — and from from complete. more »»

Rabies Clinics Are Important Service

June 18, 2014 Among the most valuable services available to local residents is the annual series of rabies clinics provided by the Ohio County dog warden and local veterinarian. more »»

Expedite Action To Curb Violence

June 17, 2014 Steubenville residents seem to be getting little relief from street violence. Another fatal shooting occurred Sunday, when a Newark, N.J. more »»

Holding Down Cost of College

June 17, 2014 Community and technical colleges throughout West Virginia may have to increase tuition substantially during the next few years, state legislators were told this week. more »»

Seeking Iranian Help Is a Mistake

June 17, 2014 History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. more »»

Public Pools Can Be Real Lifesavers

June 17, 2014 Officials in several Ohio Valley communities have either closed municipal swimming pools or are discussing such action, because of tight budgets. more »»

Investigate Claimed Loss of IRS Emails

June 17, 2014 Members of Congress investigating Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations got quite a shock a few days ago. more »»

Dealing With Vicious Youths

June 16, 2014 Many of the juveniles in corrections centers indeed are children who made unwise decisions and should not be treated as hardened criminals. more »»

Southern Border Is Far From Secure

June 16, 2014 So easy a child could do it. The phrase is used to describe everything from assembling toys to programming remote controls. more »»

Monitor Prison Reform Carefully

June 15, 2014 Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia legislators have every right to feel good about efforts to reduce prison and jail overcrowding — but only tentativel. more »»

Use Some Lease Money for Roads

June 15, 2014 Belmont County commissioners — and taxpayers — have reason to be very happy about the gas drilling boom. Last week, commissioners agreed to lease 424. more »»

Volunteering to Clean Up Ohio River Banks

June 15, 2014 Some area residents remember when the Ohio Valley’s backyard — the Ohio River’s banks — was a mess. Junk and trash littered the banks for hundreds of miles. more »»

Pats on the Back:

June 15, 2014 To several Northern Panhandle residents to be honored in July with Governor’s Service Awards in recognition of their volunteer work to help others. more »»

Ensure Public Records Access

June 14, 2014 The good news for Ohioans is that public officials seem to be following the state’s open records law much better than was the case several years ago. more »»

Curbing Child Abuse, Neglect

June 14, 2014 Child abuse and neglect occurs in West Virginia at a rate about half as high as in the United States as a whole. That is both disturbing and unacceptable. more »»

Tennant Is Out of Touch

June 13, 2014 Natalie Tennant, who is running for the U.S. Senate from West Virginia, works hard to portray herself as a defender of Mountain State values and interests. more »»

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