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Editorials

Keeping Coal-Fired Power Plants Open

For some time during former President Barack Obama’s administration, it appeared that the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys, W.Va., was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that ...

Fire District Levy Merits Support

Round-the-clock firefighting and ambulance coverage are critical services, relatively easy to provide in larger municipalities but substantially more difficult in rural areas. Two challenges — personnel and money — have to be overcome. For the about 3,500 people who live in the Short ...

Sense of Urgency On Drugs Is Vital

Often, the prudent way for a state to spend federal grant money is to disburse it sparingly, for two reasons. First, ensuring the money is being spent effectively is important. Second, not running out of funds before the grant period ends is a consideration. Ohio officials deserve praise ...

Explain School Salary Increases

Brooke County Board of Education members agreed last year they no longer could afford to pay for as many schools and personnel as in the past. So they laid off more than 40 people and approved closure of three schools. About $143,700 a year in pay raises for school administrators was ...

Getting Loughry Off the High Court

Suspended West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — convicted earlier this month on 11 federal criminal charges — thinks the state Legislature should not be allowed to remove him from office. Last week, Loughry’s attorneys filed a petition with the Supreme Court, asking it ...

Fiscal Restraint Still Important

Belmont County commissioners got some bad news last week. Revenue from the county sales tax is sliding, they were informed by county Auditor Roger Conroy. Because sales taxes are processed through state government, there is a two-month lag between money being received and the county ...

Settle Governor’s Residence Issue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice likes to have fun with words. He likes to throw folksy phrases around, or refer to, for example, “bull you-know-what” in his speeches, knowing every Mountain State resident knows what he means. His attorneys like to play with words too. In his legal ...

The Sunday News-Register Endorses Joe Manchin for U.S. Senate

It seems sometimes as if partisanship reigns over principle in Washington, D.C. Questions about what is right or wrong for Americans are pushed aside in favor of what is best for Republicans and Democrats. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., doesn’t see that as his mission. For nearly eight ...

The Intelligencer Endorses Mike DeWine As Ohio Governor

It became apparent during the 2016 presidential election that many Ohioans are fed up with traditional politics, ready to embrace government outsiders. But one long-time insider earned Buckeye State residents’ trust. He is state Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for governor in ...

Giving People Deserved Break

Municipal building code enforcers cannot allow people to live in unsafe and/or unhealthy conditions. That is the whole purpose of such regulations, after all. But when owners and residents of dilapidated structures are making good-faith, reasonable efforts to repair deficiencies, a little ...

Build New Animal Shelter in Monroe

Taxpayers have come to expect that when local governments decide to construct new buildings, for virtually any purpose, the price tags will be well up into six — or seven — figures. It should have been a pleasant surprise to Monroe County residents, then, that the estimate for a new animal ...

Civility Among Officials Vital

The leading cause of divorce in the United States is tension between married couples, resulting from financial stress, it has been reported. Clearly, the same concern affects local government officials. On Tuesday night, Steubenville Mayor Jerry Barilla ordered a police officer to remove ...

Renew Toronto Recreation Levy

Toronto City Councilman Steven Rebich has a succinct and appropriate way of encouraging voters to renew a tax levy used to support recreation facilities in the community. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” commented Rebich, who is chairman of city council’s recreation ...

Steubenville Is Out of Options

Some of those attending a Monday public meeting over water and sewer rates in Steubenville made it clear they are upset about a proposed 24 percent increase in municipal utility rates. No doubt city officials will hear more of the same at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Eastern Gateway ...

Keeping the Signs Off State Property

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to ...

Arming Public School Teachers

Officials in two East Ohio school districts have confirmed that some teachers have been authorized to carry firearms while on the job. They are intended as an additional layer of security in the event of schools being invaded by someone bent on violence. As we reported Monday, officials in ...

Improving Health Care in Rural W.Va.

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural ...

Giving Addicts Help They Need

You probably did not keep your last doctor’s appointment at the local municipal court office. For that to be an option, you have to be a drug addict who has been arrested in Steubenville. For people in that category, a new program in Jefferson County may be a godsend, whether they ...

Stamping Out Fraud in Ohio

Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Special Investigations Department has done some difficult work this year to uncover more than $60 million in workers’ compensation fraud in the state. In fact, there were 298 closed employer fraud cases with a savings of $8.7 million, 54 health ...