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Editorials

Veterans’ Court Worth Pursuing

Among the many things some veterans of military service sacrifice for us is their mental well-being. Some emerge from the armed forces suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other challenges that can make it difficult to function. Sometimes, that lands them in trouble with the ...

There’s Still Time To Get Flu Shot

If you managed to get into the new year without suffering through a case of influenza, even though you haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, congratulations. Now, go get that shot. The most dangerous part of the flu season lies ahead. Flu activity began tracking upward in ...

Reversing Decay In Steubenville

Steubenville City Council members certainly did not intend it that way, but their timing in approval of higher utility rates was appropriate. It occurred just in time for city residents and business owners to be reminded of the need to devote more resources to infrastructure. Colder weather ...

Ensure Child Care Centers Are Good

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

Finding Solution For W.Va. Roads

Nearly a month ago, Marshall County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook put his finger on what simply must be a top priority for state government during the new year. “Somebody’s going to get killed, and we need to fix the roads before that,” Crook said during an early-December public ...

Get I-70 Project Moving in Spring

Last August, state officials opened bids for a massive project to repair and improve Interstate 70 in Ohio County. To their shock, proposals came in nearly $75 million over the estimated $201 million for the work. That prompted Gov. Jim Justice and Division of Highways officials to decide ...

Curb Corruption At Ohio Agency

Many people probably believe that when government needs to buy something big, officials are required to accept the lowest bid. That is not true, and the fact is a gift to those out to swindle taxpayers. Low-bid requirements sometimes can be circumvented, when there are special requirements ...

Settle Governor’s Residence Issue

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where ...

Going Slow On W.Va. Budget

A few days into January, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly ...

Make High School Diplomas Count

Once again, Ohio legislators have failed to make up that Incomplete grade in School Reform 1. Sooner or later, Buckeye State residents are going to decide it ought to be changed to an F. In 2014, state leaders decided it was time to ensure diplomas granted to high school graduates reflect a ...

Don’t Drink, Drive

The good news, as we prepare for those big New Year’s Eve celebrations, is that police and sheriff’s deputies will be out in force to arrest those who drive while intoxicated. The bad news — you knew this, already — is that many revelers will go ahead and drink too much before ...

Pats on the Back

- To all involved with the local Habitat for Humanity program. It presented a wonderful Christmas gift to a Wheeling woman and her three teenage daughters — a new home on Wheeling Island. Habitat for Humanity helps those willing to put a substantial amount of their own work into home-building ...

Attracting More School Teachers

West Virginians are told our state has a shortage of school teachers. It is serious enough that the former head of the state’s American Federation of Teachers chapter, Christine Campbell, stepped down from that post to work on a solution. Ironically, one potential aid has been opposed in ...

Some Criminals Work at Prisons

Prisons are supposed to be where we send men and women convicted of crimes. Turns out that is where some people go to commit them. Ohio’s Inspector General’s office has its work cut out for it, after the release of a report on rampant fraud and waste in the Ohio Department of ...

Celebrating Our Past in Wheeling

If you have been wondering exactly when in 2019 Wheeling residents will be celebrating our city’s 250th anniversary, the answer is: all year. As we reported on Christmas Day, the observance will kick off Jan. 5 with a Twelfth Night Costume Ball at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park. It is being ...

Regulating Child Care Providers

Buckeye State child care providers are being asked to meet certain standards in order to receive state funding. Seems fair enough, right? But some, particularly small providers, and those operated out of private homes, may be at risk if they are unable to receive at least one star in the ...

Testing Safeguards For Environment

It seems very likely construction of the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will proceed at Dilles Bottom. If so, it will open a door of opportunity for many in the Ohio Valley. In addition, it will be an opportunity to get environmental protection right — in the minds of ...

Scouting Remains Good for Boys, Girls

A few days ago, we reported that the local Boy Scout organization is getting a new top executive. Dan Bettison, currently overseeing a Scout unit in Illinois, will take over his new post at the Ohio River Valley Council on Jan. 1. Transition at the Boy Scout unit for the Northern Panhandle ...

Include Black Lung Provision

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians and Ohioan who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal ...

Explaining Park Needs in Weirton

Members of the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation understand clearly that the facilities and programs they oversee sometimes are not viewed by taxpayers as a top priority. They should be. Rest and relaxation are important to human beings. And quality of life in an area is one ...