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Editorials

Mentoring Kids Who Need Help

A disturbing amount of violence in Steubenville during the past few years has involved juveniles. No doubt various efforts to steer young people away from crime have helped, but more needs to be done. And, of course, more needs to be done to help innocent young victims of the drug abuse ...

Increasing Jobs In West Virginia

If West Virginia legislators about to begin their annual regular session need any reason to pursue economic development initiatives, a new national population report provides it. From 2018 to 2019, the nation’s population increased by nearly 0.5%, or about 1.5 million people, the Census ...

Watch W.Va. Budget Closely

Gov. Jim Justice offered a late Christmas gift to West Virginians last week, telling us state revenue collections were good during December. He and state legislators need to bear in mind that we are not out of the woods, yet, however. Going into the sixth month of the fiscal year, the ...

Aetnaville Bridge Plan Has Merit

By the end of this year, the old Aetnaville Bridge connecting Wheeling Island and southern Martins Ferry will be history. West Virginia Division of Highways officials have said the span, closed for safety reasons in 2016, should be removed sometime this year. Wheeling officials want to ...

End Landfill Fiasco

A new judge has been appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to oversee a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court case involving the Crossridge landfill. He is Judge Timothy Hogan, of Hamilton County. Local Judge Michelle Miller had handled the case, but recused herself “to avoid the appearance ...

RICHARD CECIL

Richard “Rick” Lee Cecil, 71, of Rayland, OH passed away on December 29, 2019 at Valley Hospice North. Schuetz Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Keeping Bridge Open and Safe

Reopening the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge to vehicular traffic could be an expensive proposition. It beats the alternatives, however. One of them is keeping the span closed to cars and trucks. The other is reopening it without protection against overweight vehicles — and risking a ...

Battling Bigotry In West Virginia

What is most upsetting about the Nazi salute fiasco that drew unflattering international attention to West Virginia is not that more than 30 young Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation trainees posed for the outrageous photograph. It is that one of their instructors — who taught a ...

Fund Local Razing Efforts

Older communities, especially those in areas such as ours where industries that bolstered economies for generations are shadows of their former selves, face a serious challenge that neither state nor federal governments have addressed adequately. It is abandoned, dilapidated ...

Keep Party Labels Off Judicial Ballots

Ohioans should vote for the best people to serve them in the judiciary, not for the political party they prefer. The state’s system of nonpartisan elections for judges and state Supreme Court justices is a step in that direction. Some in the General Assembly think Ohio ought to take a ...

Transparency Still Lacking

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Do You Know Where Kids Are?

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati Police Department can provide one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of the ...

New Beginning Vital for Church

Many West Virginians, both Roman Catholics and others, remain outraged about former bishop Michael Bransfield. Virtually every new report concerning him reveals some new outrage. But Bransfield is history. It has been well over a year since he stepped down as bishop of the Roman Catholic ...

Enormous Debt Plagues Nation

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Ensure Cleanup Of Old Landfill

In September, Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Michelle Miller ordered the owner of the Crossridge Landfill to deal with environmental violations. He had not done that when Ohio Environmental Protection Agency inspectors visited the site on Nov. 21, the agency has reported. That is ...

Refugees Often Welcome in W.Va.

Refugees from other countries have created problems in some regions of the nation, for various reasons. Not in West Virginia, apparently. Just before Christmas, Gov. Jim Justice said West Virginia will decline an offer from President Donald Trump that allows states to refuse to accept ...

Getting Tech Jobs

West Virginia House of Delegates member Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, will co-chair a new Legislative Tech Caucus, as we reported a couple of weeks ago. It is good that our area will be represented — and good, too, that the caucus is a bipartisan effort. The other co-chair is Republican Delegate ...

More Oversight Needed in Ohio

Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer and his staff are busy people these days. Few months seem to go by without his office releasing yet another report on misdeeds, sometimes outright wrongdoing, in state government. Most recently, Meyer’s office released a report on “questionable ...

Keep Up the Drills

“Active shooter” drills in schools may seem overly dramatic to some people. And, there has been some criticism that such activities, occasionally featuring mock injuries, are too realistic. What happened at a middle school in New Richmond, Ohio, earlier this month should quiet such ...

Disaster Victims Are Still Waiting

In June 2016, raging flood waters ripped through several southern West Virginia counties, causing catastrophic damage. Hundreds of families lost their homes. They needed help badly — and quickly. State government’s response to the flooding has been the drip, drip, drip of a ...