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Editorials

Prevent Small Stream Floods

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but do you suppose we could get some help to prevent a disaster, rather than to react to one? Last week, Belmont County commissioners heard a report on a project to clean up stream beds and banks. It came from Mike Schlanz, who then was workforce ...

Doing the Right Thing at Ohio State

Too often, college athletes accused of wrongdoing are coddled by coaches and even administrators. Not at Ohio State University, it is gratifying to note. Two OSU football players have been accused of kidnapping and rape. One had been expected to vie for a starting spot on the team later ...

Don’t Begin By Giving Up

Changing the time classes start at Wheeling Park High School would involve much more than merely telling students to show up later than they do now. Ohio County school Superintendent Kimberly Miller referred to the many difficulties during a recent Board of Education meeting: “Is it really ...

Consider Dog Park For Steubenville

Steubenville Parks and Recreation Director Lori Fetherolf was right to caution City Council members a few days ago that establishing a dog park is not as simple as it may sound. Just ask Wheeling officials about that. Despite having large amounts of donated money available, Wheeling had to ...

Bethlehem Election Change Worthwhile

Voters in Bethlehem may experience a feeling of deja vu when they go to the polls for the May 12 primary election. They will be selecting municipal officials, including a mayor. But wait. Didn’t that happen last year? It did indeed. A municipal election was held last spring — but ...

Limiting Access To Information

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication of ...

Don’t Give Up On Old Building

Barnesville taxpayers already have nearly $180,000 invested in the Bohandy Building, an old, relatively large structure in the village’s downtown. But that money was sunk into the building at a time when officials thought they had an occupant for it. At least for now, they do not, it was ...

Approve ‘Born Alive’ Measure

One argument made frequently regarding proposals for legislation has always puzzled us. It is that certain bills should be rejected because they allegedly duplicate statutes already on the books. Some critics of a measure in the West Virginia State Senate, the “born alive” bill, ...

Cleaning Up In Bridgeport

Residents of Bridgeport have received far more than their share of unpleasant surprises regarding village government during the past few years. Still, news this week must have come as a shock: Mayor David W. Smith has been indicted. Smith abused his office by taking money from the village ...

WVU Medicine An Asset for State

Among aces-in-the-hole we West Virginians possess in terms of both economic development and quality of life is West Virginia University Medicine, which includes numerous health care programs. Just last week, the WVU Heart and Vascular Insititute revealed a fully robotic aortic valve ...

Retain, Refine Report Cards

Parents who disagree with marks their children receive on school report cards sometimes argue the grading system is not fair and should be altered. Few suggest grades ought to be done away with entirely. That would be crazy. Children’s progress in school has to be measured somehow. That ...

Getting Books Into Children’s Hands

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is taking a page out of Dolly Parton’s book and working to establish the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in all 88 Ohio Counties. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is already working with the ...

Making Bottled Water Available

Distributions of bottled water usually occur in the wake of natural disasters such as hurricanes, inland flooding or earthquakes. But some Paden City residents want it because of a manmade situation — municipal water supplies contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, often referred to as ...

Reassuring Young Victims of Crime

Certain kinds of emotional trauma, such as involvement in crimes, can stick with children for many years. Law enforcement agencies in our area try hard to make such situations as easy as possible on youngsters. Harrison County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Bruzzese is ready to ...

Don’t Penalize Martins Ferry

The fact that there are good reasons for many Ohio Environmental Protection Agency rules does not make it any easier for financially strapped communities — and their residents and businesses — to comply with them. OEPA officials deserve some credit for what often has been a very lenient ...

Cracker Funding Sound Investment

Ohio state officials revealed last week that they are pumping another $20 million into the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. That brings total state involvement through JobsOhio to $70 million — for a project that has not yet been announced officially as a done deal. State ...

Saving Smaller W.Va. Hospitals

It is difficult to conceive of what state government can do to help embattled small hospitals in West Virginia. Most of the challenges facing them, including unrealistic reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, cannot be addressed in Charleston. Still, Gov. Jim Justice’s intention to ...

Tackle Proliferation Of Roadside Signs

There are certain areas of Wheeling where trash tossed out car and truck windows is not a problem — or at least not a noticeable one. That is because forests of small knee-level signs make it difficult to spot the litter. City officials may try to do something about that. Planning ...

Bring Back Cancer Research Classic

After 13 years in which the annual event grew to more than live up to its name, the Cancer Research Classic basketball tournament will not be held next year, its founder, Dr. Gregory Merrick, revealed last week. “Due to an enormous amount of uncertainties, there will be no CRC in 2021,” ...

Rebuild W.Va. Public Schools

It is unfortunate that West Virginia state school Superintendent Steve Paine is retiring under the circumstances he outlined in a surprise announcement this week. Paine explained he is leaving because “a member of my family is facing a health crisis and I want to be fully present for my ...