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Editorials

Consider Later Start for Classes

When state Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed legislation that would mean a later start to the school day for Ohio public school students, the reaction was mixed. But even though the idea may have been inspired by similar legislation in California, it warrants discussion. The ...

Reveal Details About Bransfield

Roman Catholics in West Virginia may well be wondering whether there was any end to Michael Bransfield’s perfidy — and that clearly is the right word —while he was in power as bishop of their diocese. Revelations about Bransfield’s misdeeds continue to spill out. The most recent, a ...

Protecting Against Drunken Drivers

Alcoholism certainly is a disease. Its victims need help. They do not need to be allowed to drive while under the influence. On Monday, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra sentenced a Martins Ferry man, John P. Kulabonish, to three years in jail after his seventh conviction for ...

Minimize I-70 Project Danger

Driving in some areas of Wheeling can be frustrating during the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Park. Long lines of cars and trucks exiting Interstate 70 and on sections of U.S. 40 and W.Va. 88 leading to the park are common during the event, especially in the early ...

Renew Garbage Collection Levy

Garbage — or at least, collection of it — will be on the Nov. 5 election ballot in Mingo Junction. Voters there will be asked to renew a property tax levy used to fund garbage and refuse collection in the village. The levy has been in effect for decades, with periodic renewals by ...

Spending Hike Was Premature

You may have heard it said that the problem with the always-unbalanced federal budget is not a lack of revenue but, rather, too much spending. The same could be said for West Virginia’s general revenue budget. On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice’s administration revealed state agencies have ...

Double-Checking The Bureaucrats

When Ohio experimented this year with releasing ahead of time the hundreds of thousands of names it intended to purge from voter rolls before the November election, organizations such as the League of Women Voters and other volunteer groups were asked, essentially, to double check the ...

Council Vacancy Creates a Dilemma

St. Clairsville City Council members are in a difficult situation regarding the most controversial issue to come before the body in many years. The problem is this: Council members are slated to vote Nov. 4 on whether to sell the city water system to a private company, Aqua Ohio. But they ...

Stagger Council Terms

Voters in Toronto will be asked to make an important decision during the Nov. 5 election. Currently, all members of city council there are elected at the same time, every two years. On the ballot will be a proposal for staggered four-year terms. That way, there would be no possibility of an ...

Vote For Levy To Fund Schools

For many years, students in Ohio County schools have been able to rely on local voters to put our money where our mouths are. That is, we demand good public schools — and are willing to dig into our pockets to pay for quality education. Evidence of that commitment comes every five years, ...

Helping Disaster Victims — or Not

At the rate federal disaster relief funds are dripping out of state government, it could be 13 years before some flood victims in West Virginia get help. Do the math: In February 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development authorized state government to begin drawing down ...

Alter Eating Habits And Live Longer

It was no surprise to learn this week that West Virginians are No. 1 in something. We lead the nation in the percentage of adults who are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38.1% of Mountain State adults are obese, the CDC reports. That fits our ...

Helping Victims Of Drug Abuse

You’ve just been released from jail after serving time on a drug charge. You’ve been “clean” for a couple of months. You want to turn your life around. But you don’t have a job or even a place away from the drug culture to stay. When you walked out of the jail, you left behind an ...

Encourage Adults To Read to Kids

Ohio education officials are looking forward to a $42 million federal grant, spread over five years, to improve child literacy. It is an important effort, as literacy is the foundation for the rest of an education. According to the state department of education, the money will be used to ...

Wheeling Planning Commission’s Power Limited

Whether Wheeling officials will permit developers to proceed with their proposal for a massive project abutting the Woodsdale neighborhood is shaping up to be an exceedingly controversial issue. It needs to be decided solely on its own merits or, depending on your point of view, lack of ...

Approve Federal Grant for Wheeling

Revitalizing downtown Wheeling has been a priority for city officials for quite some time. Largely because of private-sector initiatives such as The Health Plan’s headquarters building, impressive progress has been made. Improvements to date have been made in spite of a major obstacle, ...

Collecting Child Support Money

It was good to hear last week that collection of child support payments in Ohio is better than in the past — up to nearly 70% of what is owed. But 70% is, well, nothing to brag about in Belmont County. There, the county Child Support Enforcement Agency has a 79.59% collection ...

Rotarians Show Their Compassion

Sometime during the next few months, 20,000 hungry people in other countries will consume meals sent to them by the U.S. organization Rise Against Hunger. They will not know it, but they have good people from the Wheeling, Moundsville and New Martinsville areas to thank, in part, for the ...

Renew Levy For Library

When Jefferson County voters were asked about a decade ago to approve a new property tax levy to support the public library in Steubenville, they responded enthusiastically. The issue passed by a margin of nearly two to one. When the levy was renewed in 2015, the results were even more ...

Demand Results From Funding

The idea that if we just throw enough taxpayers’ money at a problem, it will go away was discredited years ago. Yet we continue to try that approach, probably wasting billions of dollars nationwide that could be put to better use. Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office may be trying ...