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Editorials

Making Miracles Happen in Valley

So many tragedies, frequently caused by truly evil people, seem to fill the news that when miracles wrought by good men and women occur, they are worth special attention. Here’s one: This week, officials in Yorkville celebrated the rescue of a child several weeks ago. Little Corey ...

Rethinking U.S. Energy Policy

If it does no more than slow the nation’s headlong rush toward abandoning a relatively inexpensive, reliable source of energy — coal — the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Affordable Clean Energy rule will be performing an enormous service to Americans. Announced this week, the ...

Enforce Existing Immigration Laws

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts ...

Restore Level Playing Field

Coal mining will never be what it was once in West Virginia, President Donald Trump’s detractors say. Yet prominent in the crowd of those who listened to him speak in Charleston Tuesday night were miners, who appeared to be cheering the president enthusiastically. Trump’s political ...

Adams’ Efforts Benefited Many

In ways small and large, thousands of Ohio Valley residents have benefited from the dedication and hard work of Jay Adams during the past few decades. Our communities are better places because of him. On Wednesday, Adams, of Wheeling, received the Light of the Valley/Dr. Lee Jones Patron of ...

Move Carefully On ‘Rehab’ Idea

Belmont County’s “land bank” organization, more formally known as the Land Reutilization Corp., has gotten quite good at tearing things down during the past few years. It has established a praiseworthy record in razing dilapidated structures in the county. In addition to helping local ...

Preventing New Measles Outbreak

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Court Not Only Part of Swamp

It is something of a tradition when a president comes to West Virginia for political leaders — those of his party, anyway — to show up. We can think of 34 prominent men and women who probably will not attend President Donald Trump’s rally in Charleston this evening. Other things require ...

Commemorate End of Great War

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Making Crown Jewels Sparkle

Our 35 state parks have been referred to as West Virginia’s crown jewels. Along with seven state forests, the parks are havens of natural beauty and recreational opportunities. They attract both Mountain State residents and out-of-state visitors. But the jewels have become a bit blemished ...

Open Immigration Policies Dangerous

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Get Most Bang Out of Bucks

At first glance, $72.5 million sounds like enough money to do just about anything officials want to accomplish for Belmont County’s water and sewer systems. It may not be enough even to undertake all the upgrades envisioned two years ago, however. On Friday, it was announced the U.S. ...

Why Aid Syria’s Killer Regime?

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision last week by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian ...

There’s Help For Victims of Abuse

Victims of sexual abuse sometimes live with the pain for decades, especially if they were preyed upon as children, without believing there is something they can do about it. That is true particularly when the predators were authority figures employed and sometimes protected by powerful ...

Begin Some School Improvements Soon

Through no fault of their own, Ohio County Board of Education members have been put in a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Dealing effectively with it could help taxpayers get more bang for our bucks. In May, local voters approved sale of $42.2 million in bonds to help finance a major school ...

Impeachment Not Political

If there are any facets of politics that are clearly nonpartisan, they are corruption and mismanagement. The sordid, long history of wrongdoing in West Virginia government includes plenty of people from both the Democrat and Republican parties. So why are some liberals claiming the state ...

Walker, Workman May Stay

Allen Loughry has to go. The man who wrote the book on political corruption in West Virginia has furnished plenty of material for the next one, if federal prosecutors are correct. It’s virtually certain that, within a few weeks, state senators will vote to remove Loughry from ...

Keeping PEIA Enrollees Healthy

Members of a task force formed to recommend legislative action on West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency are wrapping up their work. They expect to have a report ready by Oct. 15. Almost undoubtedly, the report will recommend that lawmakers provide a stream of revenue — ...

Enforce Limits On Spending

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money for a small government entity such as the village of Belmont. Village Council members are right to be upset that the amount was spent without their knowledge. Municipal officials had agreed to renovate the basement of an old school building to house ...

Accountability Must Be Personal

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...