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Editorials

Don’t Penalize Local Land Bank

Most bureaucrats are familiar with the “spend -it-or-lose-it” philosophy that works like this: if a government agency does not find ways to spend all the money in its budget, legislators are unlikely to give it as much next year. That sometimes results in end-of-fiscal-year spending sprees ...

Kasich Was Right To Veto Pay Bill

Vetoing a bill that provides better death benefits and insurance coverage for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty appears at first glance to be a really lousy move. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich was exactly right to do just that a few days ago. Call it a ...

Reverse Failure On Drug Crisis

During the same era in which one federal agency was targeting the citizens of Appalachia who depend on the coal industry both for employment and for affordable electricity, another agency was turning a blind eye — ignoring its own rules and regulations — to allow pharmaceutical companies ...

Enjoying Warmth Of Christmas Day

Here in the Ohio Valley, we have our trials and tribulations. One of them was discussed in the editorial above. But this is Christmas Eve. It is a time when Christians dwell not on the evils of the world but instead, on the enduring, powerful promise of our faith. It is a time when we ...

Solve Long-Term PEIA Problem

Tens of thousands of working and retired public employees in West Virginia are getting a bit of an early Christmas present. They will not pay more for health care coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency next year. Their benefits will not be reduced. In fact, for some of them ...

Holidays Not Bright For All We Know

Some local law enforcement officers risked their own safety last Tuesday night, when they had to convince a Wellsburg man not to jump off the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River. Steubenville officers, assisted by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, Weirton police and the Ohio ...

Keeping an Eye On Local Officials

Waste and corruption are not isolated in state government. They occur at the local level, too. Perhaps the worst enemy inefficient and/or criminal public officials have here is state Auditor J.B. McCuskey, who is pushing an important transparency project throughout the state. It is the ...

Local Officials Have Needs, Too

Some East Ohio officials seem hopeful incoming Gov. Mike DeWine will be an advocate for them in Columbus. Let us hope so. Government at all levels has a top-down approach to fiscal challenges. On the rare occasions when Congress decides to trim spending, funding for the states is reduced. ...

College Merits Support for Plan

Speaking of local government needs, good for Eastern Gateway Community College, which deserves more than a pat on the back. EGCC, with its main facilities in Steubenville, also has a campus in Youngstown. There, a substantial number of people may be looking for new jobs as a result of ...

Learning How Fiasco Occurred

Surely this can’t continue, some West Virginia taxpayers may be thinking. At some point, the revelations of waste and corruption in state goverment have to come to an end. Don’t they? Perhaps not, sad to say. Too often when auditors turn over stones at state agencies, something slimy ...

Victims Should Come Forward

Pedophilia is not a mental sickness caused by the water in a particular place. It affects people — almost exclusively men, it seems — of all ages. It is not something that comes and goes; to the contrary, pedophiles are constant threats to children. Last month, Roman Catholic church ...

Fund Expensive Career Training

Good for those at the Swiss Hills Career Center in Woodsfield, who found a way to offer a new vocational training program that ought to be of great value to graduates. It will prepare students to become heavy equipment operators, working on construction equipment such as bulldozers, ...

Give Responsible Owners a Break

Many municipalities have rules meant to crack down on building owners who allow their properties to fall into disrepair, then make little or no effort to correct inadequacies. Unfortunately, such regulations are necessary and should be enforced. But what about those who are making ...

Cutting Police Dog Training Expenses

Quite a few local law enforcement agencies use K-9 “officers.” The dogs can provide critical services ranging from drug and bomb detection to subduing violent suspects. One reason there are not more K-9s is the cost of training a dog. That can range from $12,000 to $15,000, according to ...

Innovation May Be Answer Again

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Corruption a Way Of Life in W.Va.

If there is an end to the long, sordid story of corruption among public officials in West Virginia, it certainly is not in sight. Another chapter was added this week, when a federal judge sentenced Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, to 37 months in prison. He is going to spend time behind bars for ...

Saving Money For Medicaid

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Drunk Driving Defies Solution

If you think stiffer penalties against those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs have curbed the problem, think again. Periodically, law enforcement agencies conduct intensive campaigns against DUI. Six states cooperated on one earlier this month. During a ...

Guard Against Similar Error

After West Virginia Northern Community College officials finish with a collective sigh of relief, they need to ensure nothing like the original cause of their concern occurs again. What could have been an enormous loss to the college involved a lot across the street from the main campus in ...