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Editorials

Buckle Up, Put On Helmet, Stay Alive

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Insist Dispensary Rules Be Obeyed

Marijuana, or at least the active ingredient in it, will be for sale legally in East Ohio at some point. Local officials are right to have very mixed feelings about that. Steubenville officials had imposed a six-month moratorium on permitting a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the ...

Sending the Wrong Message on Weight

Government has no business telling fashion companies they cannot use ultra-skinny models. The companies should be doing that voluntarily. A new law in France, set to go into effect Oct. 1, provides such a ban. It requires both male and female models to obtain certificates indicating ...

Control Dogs Of Any Breed

More needs to be known about a reported dog attack in St. Clairsville before too many conclusions are reached. One thing seems apparent, however: After a woman’s dog bit a man, she left the scene. City police were called to the Veterans Affairs clinic in St. Clairsville on Tuesday. There, ...

Closed Restaurant Was Local Tradition

The realities of running a small business can be absolutely brutal. And as anyone who owns one understands, the personal sacrifices can be enormous. As we reported this week, a landmark in Bellaire, Rigas Restaurant, has closed. The decision to do that was made by Clara Rigas, who, with her ...

Helping Ohio Crime Victims

Some Ohioans victimized by crime can be compensated by a state program set up for the purpose. Most don’t receive much; the average last year was $2,369. But some who probably ought to get help do not receive a dime, because of rules by which the program is guided. One of them was a ...

Trump Abiding By The Oath He Took

Under existing law, illegal immigrants are supposed to be apprehended and deported, except in rare situations. President Donald Trump took an oath to uphold the law and, more particularly, the Constitution. His predecessor, former President Barack Obama, took the same oath. He was not ...

Giving Localities Help They Need

Discovery of asbestos in much of the material used to construct the old school building now being used by Belmont village government is more than the “environmental disaster” described by Mayor Stan Sobel. As he and other village officials are painfully aware, it could be a fiscal ...

Recovery Will Be Long, Hard Process

News media coverage of the Hurricane Harvey disaster is beginning to shift from rescue to recovery. Stories reminding us that many Texans face a long, tough road back from flood damage are becoming common. Here in West Virginia, we should be well aware of that. Flash flooding devastated ...

All-of-the-Above Policy Is Vital

For eight years, those of us in West Virginia, Ohio and a few other states tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the spotlight focused on Coal Country by then-candidate Donald ...

Employment Data Can Be Misleading

Our national Labor Day holiday is an occasion on which many hard-working Americans get a day off and, perhaps, reflect on what we contribute to the economy. Trouble is, the percentage of us supporting it is dropping, despite what the government’s unemployment rate reports may have you ...

Making W.Va. Economy Grow

Most West Virginians have known for years that we need to do something different to ensure our state’s economy can support our children and grandchildren. That was obvious even before former President Barack Obama’s administration began wrecking the coal industry. But what? Where? ...

Technology No Help If Not Used

State government seems endlessly inventive in finding ways to waste huge sums of money on pie-in-the-sky technological ventures. Unfortunately, we West Virginians keep letting the folks in Charleston get away with it. About three years ago, state officials were talked into spending $150 ...

Pats on the Back:

∫ To Marshall County commissioners for providing $75,000 to the county airport, to allow it to serve as a base for a medical evacuation helicopter. When such emergency transportation is needed, minutes count. ∫ To West Liberty University students Charlie Jo McConnel, Megan Apesos, Adam ...

Gaining a Fair Hearing for Area

State Sens. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, have enjoyed meteoric rises to the top layer of legislative power in West Virginia. Both are relatively new to state politics. Yet Ferns has served in the state Senate’s second most-powerful job, as majority leader. And this week, ...

It’s a ­Great Time To Be in Wheeling

Labor Day weekend is among the most enjoyable times of the year in Wheeling. For starters, many local residents have a three-day weekend off from work. And we can’t think of a better place to spend it. Special events appealing to just about every taste are on tap today, Sunday and Monday, ...

Safeguarding Free Speech

A reasonable person might suppose that college and university campuses are havens for exchange of and debate about ideas. Too often, that is not true. Faculties at most institutions of higher learning are weighted toward people with liberal social, economic and political views. Many are ...

Foster Parents Are Rescuing Children

Amid the devastation wrought by the substance abuse epidemic that has swept across Appalachia, truly innocent victims —children — are adrift in a world where parents are being arrested, or dying, and other family members are often unable to take them in because addiction has poisoned the ...

Ensure Charter Schools Perform

There is a certain amount of irony in Democrat Zack Space’s choice of an issue to promote his candidacy for Ohio state auditor. It is that in accusing some state officials of not doing their jobs regarding the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Space indirectly gives the Republican incumbent, ...

Getting Bellaire Back on Track

Less than two weeks ago, in reaction to a report that sloppy billing practices had cost the village about $200,000, we wondered in an editorial, “What else hasn’t been handled properly in Bellaire municipal government?” The answer was not long in coming. During a Village Council work ...