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Editorials

Issue 2 Sounds Good, But Isn’t

Issue 2 on the November election ballot in Ohio sounds good. But that is the problem with the so-called “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.” It only sounds good. The proposal’s premise is that it would save taxpayers tons of money by requiring that state agencies and those receiving funds ...

China Still Helping Little With N. Korea

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Are Armed Forces Doing Their Part?

A New Martinsville Army veteran is providing a disturbing example of why the armed forces need to do more about drug abuse. It is unsettling because it prompts questions about how effectively the military is battling substance addiction in its own ranks. Casey Mask, 31, of New Martinsville, ...

Hurricane Not Only Puerto Rico Problem

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Keeping Communities Clean and Appealing

Steubenville officials are discussing a campaign to make the city more appealing by making it cleaner. Bravo! Simply picking up the trash people dump in some neighborhoods would make Steubenville — and, frankly, most other communities in our area — more attractive to both residents and ...

Vote Yes On Road Bonds

For years, many West Virginians have complained about the sorry condition of many highways and bridges in our state. We wondered why someone didn’t do something about the problem. Now whether the challenge is addressed is up to us. It would be foolish not to seize the opportunity. A ...

Happy Birthday To Our University

Thanks to the national prominence West Virginia University’s athletic teams have achieved, millions of Americans have become acquainted with the chant, “Let’s go, Mountaineers!” Increasingly, it is appropriate as a rallying cry for our entire state, whatever the situation, because ...

Washing What You Can’t See

When I was first married, I spent a good deal of time at the neighborhood laundromat. We had a small apartment and no laundry facilities on site. So each Wednesday on my day off from my job at Hornes of Wheeling, I would pile the laundry baskets into our red, white and blue custom-painted Olds ...

Cast Ballot on Road Bond Issue Early

Those who understand the importance of good roads and safe bridges in West Virginia may view a statewide referendum set for Oct. 7 as one of the most important balloting days during recent memory. It will allow voters to decide whether the state issues $1.6 billion in bonds to finance road and ...

Stop Distracted Driving in Ohio

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Take Care Of Rat Problem

Martins Ferry officials should not have to ask the bank that reportedly owns a rat-infested house on Washington Street to clean it up. Part of the responsibility of operating a business is to avoid creating health and/or safety hazards in one’s community and to deal with those that ...

Accelerate Local Repaving Project

Good for state Division of Highways officials for finding enough money in the agency’s budget to repave the section of W.Va. 88 known as Bethany Pike in Wheeling. But along with our gratitude, motorists who use the road may be tempted to add a request: Hurry up. Scheduled to begin ...

Solving Odor Issue at Landfill

Complaints about foul odors emanating from the Apex Sanitary Landfill in Jefferson County are nothing new. Though the company has taken steps to address the issue, it is a continuing headache for the Jefferson County Board of Health. Resolving the problem may require intervention by the ...

Aid Earthquake Victims in Mexico

At least 230 people were killed by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Tuesday. In the hardest-hit areas, rescue workers and volunteers continue to dig frantically in the rubble, hoping to find survivors. What happened to Mexico makes the toll from hurricanes that have swept ...

Bright Idea Saves Taxpayers’ Money

Change comes slowly to the bureaucracy — usually by design. But for as easy as it is for those living in the real world to criticize the workings of West Virginia’s massive non-elected government, it appears some agencies are taking small steps in the right direction. At what is ...

No Hurricanes Here

For years, those in the energy industry viewed the Gulf Coast as a natural location for manufacturing and processing plants linked to their business. Some gas from our area is piped south to the Gulf, for that reason. But events during the past few weeks — specifically, two major ...

Restoring Liberty In the Workplace

No doubt it was pure coincidence that West Virginia Supreme Court justices released their ruling in a critical case just days before Americans celebrated Constitution Day. The timing was appropriate, however. In their decision on a case involving the state right-to-work law, a majority on ...

Keeping Public Buildings Safe

No doubt Monroe County Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Selmon wanted to avoid embarrassing the person she cited only as one of the county’s “elected officials” while she was discussing that person on Monday. At least during the public part of the meeting, she never mentioned a ...

Focusing U.N. On Venezuela

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. ...

Promote Growth With Tax Reform

After eight years in which federal policy often seemed calculated to harm West Virginia's economy rather than help Mountain State residents, something of a corner has been turned. President Donald Trump has vowed to put an end to needlessly harmful regulation of the coal and natural gas ...