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Editorials

Moving Ahead On Interchange

It has been apparent for more than four years that a second link between Interstate 70 and The Highlands retail complex is needed. For part of that period, Ohio County commissioners have lobbied for the state Division of Highways to construct a new interchange. But this week, commissioners ...

Prosecute Coach If He Broke Law

It has been reported that the Toronto Junior High School coach who resigned from his position after allegedly sending an inappropriate text message to some young athletes did so accidentally. Still, one source said the message “resembled pornography.” That means the coach — and anyone ...

Buy New Police Body Cameras

Bridgeport officials have no choice but to pinch every penny in the village’s coffers. Municipal finances remain a day-to-day concern. Village council members should find a way to make a purchase recommended by police Chief John Bumba, however. During a council meeting Tuesday, Bumba ...

Set-Aside Plan Is a Good Idea

It will be interesting to see how Steubenville water Superintendent Jim Jenkins’ experiment works out. His approach to it gives him a good chance of succeeding. Steubenville’s water system is a train wreck that occurred years ago. As we have pointed out, municipal officials in the past ...

Nominate Mattox For Hall of Fame

Ohio Department of Aging officials are seeking nominations for the state Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. An obvious choice would be the late John Mattox. Mattox, who passed away earlier this year at age 84, has been honored by many at both the local and state levels. It would be fitting ...

Open Meeting To the Public

What to do with St. Clairsville’s water system has become a major controversy. Why add to it? Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials are to meet with St. Clairsville City Council at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Plans are for the meeting to be closed to the public and press. Mayor Terry ...

McKinley Right On Border Patrol

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., represents residents of our region in multiple ways. One is serving as our eyes and ears in regard to national and international issues. Illegal immigration is one of them. What McKinley found when he visited the U.S.-Mexico border recently is that U.S. ...

Rethink County Court Facilities

Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile confessed last week that he was “not feeling warm and fuzzy about any of the options” for renovating county court facilities in Wintersville. No wonder: The alternatives presented by an engineering/architecture company range in cost from $300,000 ...

Stop Dangerous Behavior, Hazing

Some parents view sending sons and daughters off to college as a milestone for youngsters developing into mature adults. Many still have a long way to go, as they demonstrate by dangerous, sometimes vicious behavior. Last week, officials at Marshall University in Huntington ordered all ...

Court Oversight Remains Concern

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in ...

Writing Charter School Regulations

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education and state school Superintendent Steven Paine are in a no-win situation — at least in pleasing education “stakeholders.” So what? That is not their job. Their responsibility is to do their best to ensure that children get good educations, ...

Starting School Classes Later

Some Wheeling Park High School students have to catch the bus at 5:45 a.m. every weekday. Classes at WPHS start at 7:25 a.m. That is too early. Period. Ohio County Board of Education members are considering changes in the schedule. They should make every effort to do so. There are ...

Allowing Study Of Water Proposal

If a vote taken by St. Clairsville City Council last week is any indication, sale of the municipal water system to Aqua Ohio may be a foregone conclusion. Why? Is not getting right a decision that will stick with St. Clairsville for decades to come worth a few months’ delay? Council ...

Help Devise A New Plan

No reasonable person wants an asbestos abatement project handled in a slipshod manner. But officials in the village of Belmont and with the county Land Reutilization Corp. had no intention of doing that. They thought they had an effective, affordable plan to handle asbestos in the process ...

Doing More With Less Imperative

Not so many years ago, it seemed feasible for small local governments in our area to strive for freestanding street maintenance departments. That era is just a fond memory now. Officials in three towns ­ Rayland, Tiltonsville and Yorkville — realized months ago that a new piece of street ...

Porter Should Leave Council

Tim Porter should resign from his position as a St. Clairsville City Council member. His admission that the voice heard on a recorded message made public this week is his leaves Porter with no responsible alternative to stepping down. In the recording, Porter launches into a profanity-filled ...

Making Limits To Proposal Clear

Talk about red flags: Reaction to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposal to reduce violence may be raising a gigantic one in the minds of Buckeye State residents concerned about personal liberties. Among DeWine’s recommendations is that people with severe mental health problems, dependent on ...

Debating Guns, Personal Liberty

Nothing Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Monday has not been discussed previously, in one form or another. That makes it certain that the governor’s agenda will be the subject of sustained, sometimes fierce, debate. Personal liberties and gun control are the subjects, after all. After a ...

Voters Do Their Part in ‘Purge’

Possessing the right to vote carries with it responsibilities as well as a great privilege. During the past few months, more than 40,000 Ohioans have recogized and acted upon that. Like chief election officers in many other states, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has recognized the ...

Repairing Pool, Millsop Center

No one likes having to spend money on repairs, whether they are on a car transmission or a home HVAC system. All of us prefer using our money for nice, new things. Sometimes we have no choice. That appears to be the situation facing Weirton residents. During a sparsely-attended meeting ...