Editorials

Seek Bids For Care Center

Suppose your neighbor called the mayor of your town, said he’d heard the police chief was complaining about the cost of keeping a certain police cruiser repaired and offered to take the car off the police department’s hands for a few thousand dollars. Then suppose the mayor accepted the ...

Use Energy Wisely

No doubt the fossil fuel-hating crowd will be upset at action last week by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection — but DEP officials were absolutely right. The DEP has approved construction of a plant proposed for Mason County, where a coal-to-liquids plant is to be ...

Writing Rules For Charters

West Virginia has authorized charter schools, as some education reformers urged, but it will be exceedingly difficult to open one. State Department of Education officials should not make it even more difficult than the law enacted earlier this year does. Fierce pressure, including a work ...

What Went Wrong In St. Clairsville?

As St. Clairsville officials near a decision on whether to sell the municipal water system to a private company, it is becoming clearer that the city’s H2O infrastructure is, well, a wreck. Last week, city council members were told the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is mandating ...

Making the Future Brighter for Many

Graduates of Northern Panhandle schools understand some truly excellent teachers work in our area. One of them has been recognized as the best in the state. Jennifer Schwertfeger, who teaches science at Cameron High School, was named the state “Teacher of the Year” last week, by the West ...

Pay Health Care Claims Quickly

A letter sent to Gov. Jim Justice, regarding the financial collapse of Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling raised hackles among some state officials. They were right to be unhappy about part of it (see editorial below). But the missive contains complaints that should be looked into by ...

Buying OVMC Not Prudent Idea

As noted above, a suggestion for keeping Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling open was made by an official of Alecto, the company that owns the hospital, in a letter to Gov. Jim Justice. It involves spending as much as $30 million in taxpayers’ money, and it should not be ...

Drug War Is Far From Won

Gov. Jim Justice missed the mark a bit in reacting to some good news recently. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state decreased from 2017 to 2018. Estimates show 952 drug overdose deaths in 2018, compared with ...

Environmentalism Can Save Money

One does not have to be a climate change alarmist to recognize that energy efficiency is a very good thing. Sometimes it materializes in places and ways most people would not imagine. On Tuesday, East Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority officials and employees held a celebratory ...

Bring a ‘Miracle’ To Steubenville

Surely there is a way Steubenville-area residents with special needs can enjoy a recreation field that also serves those who do not have to cope with physical limits. The idea of a “miracle field” does not have to be an either-or proposition. An organization called Urban Frontier has ...

Charters Fewer In Number, But Better

For a few years, Ohio served as a model for other states in how not to do charter schools. That is changing. When Buckeye State policymakers permitted charter schools — institutions operated privately but receiving government funding — they went overboard in exempting them from ...

A Day to Show Our Area Cares

How appropriate it is that today is an occasion of compassion and hope in our area. Eighteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a band of murderers massacred nearly 3,000 people in the United States. They wanted to strike terror into the hearts of Americans. They hoped 9/11 would be a date on which ...

A-10 a Reminder Of Military Might

Welcome back, Maj. Alberts. And thank you. As we reported, Wheeling native Jonathon “Cliffy” Alberts is now a major in the Maryland Air National Guard. On Thursday, he plans to bring an A-10 aircraft — popularly known as a “Warthog” — to the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. He ...

Getting It Right In St. Clairsville

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money, but it may be a wise investment for St. Clairsville City Council. Disagreement over what to do about the municipal water system has divided council, and many residents of the community, for some time. It is obvious major repairs and improvements ...

Nature, Economy Go Hand in Hand

Conserving precious plants, animals and places is a critical responsibility in West Virginia. No one does it better than the Nature Conservancy. Some people who see themselves as environmentalists favor confrontation as a way to achieve their goals. But the Conservancy is based on the ...

Funding Weirton Senior Center

Weirton City Council members were told last Wednesday that the senior citizens center serving the community needs help. Surely there is some way to provide the relatively modest subsidy required. Important assistance including recreation and a meals program for older Weirton residents are ...

Checking Your Status as a Voter

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal ...

Collecting Money Owed by Alecto

When Wheeling officials agreed to provide substantial economic incentives to keep Ohio Valley Medical Center in operation two years ago, they did so openly and in good faith. And for several months, they have continued to demonstrate that concern for the community by not pressing Alecto ...

Time Is of Essence To Protect Bridge

A survey conducted by the Friends of Wheeling preservation group makes the need for quick action to protect the historic Suspension Bridge clear. As we reported, five people from the group watched the bridge for four hours one day. They saw 707 vehicles pass over it. Of that number 141 ...

Working Toward A Bright Future

One of the biggest days in Wheeling’s year-long observance of the 250th anniversary of our founding as a community is today. At 1 p.m., a celebratory parade will take place downtown. Prior to that, city dignitaries will visit Walnut Grove Cemetery in Martins Ferry, to place wreaths on the ...