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Editorials

Public Defender May Be Prudent

One of our fundamental rights as Americans is that of receiving fair trials when we are accused of crimes. To that end, defendants are entitled to representation by attorneys. But Jefferson County is among many places where it is becoming more and more difficult to find lawyers willing to ...

Intimidation No Way to Disagree

Just yesterday, an editorial in this space called for those who use violence against those with whom they disagree to be arrested and punished severely. Within hours of publication, we received another reminder of the need for restraint. An Associated Press story on Tuesday concerned Ohio ...

Use Plan 5A For W.Va. 2

Too often, West Virginia Division of Highways officials considering road improvements have to settle for projects that are less than ideal, because funding is limited. That is not the case regarding planned improvements to W.Va. 2 in New Cumberland. For decades, motorists negotiating W.Va. ...

Keeping Political Arguments Civil

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati sentenced ...

Old Pool No Longer Asset

For many years, the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool in Marland Heights Park was a showpiece in Weirton. It served the community well. But the pool has been closed for years, after a valiant fight waged by the Marland Heights Community Association to keep up with needed repairs. In 2018, ...

Pursuing King’s Fervent Dream

Today, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Don’t Authorize New Local Taxes

For most of West Virginia’s history, state officials kept a tight leash on local government bodies’ taxation powers. Then, a few years ago, came the municipal home rule “experiment.” It was sold as a “pilot program” — but there can be no doubt it will be permanent. One could ...

Staying Informed, Involved as Voters

Convincing younger Americans to become engaged in public affairs is among the biggest challenges facing us as a nation. West Virginia seems to be a pacesetter in that regard. Secretary of State Mac Warner, West Virginia’s chief election officer, has announced 24 high schools are receiving ...

Stop Bleeding Through PEIA

Ted Cheatham, who is executive director of West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency, knows the route to the state Capitol well. He has traveled it many times, often with hat in hand. It will not be long before he repeats the performance, Cheatham informed members of the House of ...

Warner Record Inspires Trust

Elections in West Virginia are far less likely to be affected by fraud, whether it be by individuals or another country’s computer hackers, than was the case three years ago. Yet registering to vote and casting ballots is easier than ever. How is that possible? Two words: Mac Warner. ...

Keeping Bus Drivers Sober

On Thursday, we published an editorial regarding school bus drivers who operate their vehicles while intoxicated. It originated from the DUI arrest of a school bus driver in East Liverpool. Later that same day, we received the report of serious crash in Kanawha County — caused by an ...

Ohio Medicaid System a Mess

A private business making mistakes on half the payments it makes would fail quickly. Your own household budget would not stand up to that sort of abuse for very long. Yet Ohio’s Medicaid system, providing health insurance for more than 2.9 million low-income and disabled people, is that ...

Oversight Needs A Look at EGCC

Obviously, more oversight of management is necessary at Eastern Gateway Community College. During their meeting this week, members of the Steubenville institution’s board of trustees, meeting at the Youngstown campus, voted to fire EGCC President Jimmie Bruce. He had been placed on ...

Toronto Stadium Needs Upgrades

An ongoing debate about public schools involves how to allocate scarce resources. Some critics complain about expenditures for athletic facilities, insisting the money should be used instead for academic programs. There should be no debate on that score in Toronto City Schools. Last ...

Wetzel Hospital Deal Beneficial

For nearly a century, Wetzel County Hospital has served people in the New Martinsville region — and done so well. Never intended to compete with larger operations, it has served as a hometown health care facility providing some services residents of the area would have had to travel to ...

Voting Electronically

Good for state senators for acting quickly on a bill that fills a need for a substantial number of West Virginians. It is SB 94, which passed the Senate by a vote of 33-0 (with one senator absent). SB 94 provides that disabled Mountain State residents who are registered to vote can cast ...

Punish DUI Bus Drivers Harshly

An East Liverpool school bus driver arrested Saturday on a drunk driving charge faces more severe penalties than if he had been in his private car, we are pleased to report. Still, legislators in both our states ought to consider even harsher penalties for similar offenses. On Saturday ...

Crack Down On Distracted Driving

Using a cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device, already is a crime in Ohio. But drivers can be ticketed for it only if police or deputies spot them doing something else that is illegal. Since 2013, 305 people have died in Ohio accidents caused by “distracted driving,” ...

Standing With Our Neighbors

Links between black and Jewish Americans have been significant in the past because both groups have been victims of severe bigotry. But here in the Ohio Valley, we think a different relationship is even more important. It is the one among neighbors connected not through our addresses but ...

Delegate Hornbuckle Truly Inspirational

Many of us have concerns from time to time about how our state legislators handle the public’s business. But there can be no question about whether one, House of Delegates member Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, is a good man. Hornbuckle missed the first few days of the annual 60-day session of ...