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Editorials

Stop Speeding, Littering First

No doubt quite a few people living along rural roads in the Ohio Valley can empathize with residents of the McGregor Hill Road area of Belmont County. Some of them are so fed up with speeders and the louts who see the road as a trash dump that they want county commissioners to officially ...

Ensure Program Is a Money-Saver

An initiative by the West Virginia Department of Education to repair old computers and other electronic devices instead of selling them at auction sounds like a wonderful idea. The concept of recycling and reusing has built-in appeal. But is it saving taxpayers money? When state ...

Being Grateful For Where We Live

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks today. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Something that happened last Friday, right here in Wheeling, is a reminder of one blessing we often overlook, take for granted, or even insist does not exist. That ...

Smoke Detectors Really Save Lives

This is the time of the year when home safety experts warn us the danger of fire goes up. Colder weather means heating equipment shut off for months is put back in service. The Christmas season means some of us go all-out in decorating, sometimes overloading circuits and wires with hundreds, ...

Correct PEIA Co-Pay Injustice

Here in the Northern Panhandle, state lines don’t mean much. We cross them frequently into Ohio and Pennsylvania for a variety of purposes, including health care. But the border does mean something in Charleston, where the Public Employees Insurance Agency is headquartered. What it means ...

Curb Settlements In BRIM Lawsuits

Was West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner acting illegally when he fired and replaced 16 employees in his agency, not long after taking office in January 2017? It is a question to which Mountain State residents deserve an answer — but we may never get it. Pointing out the people ...

Education Is Key To Avoiding Abuse

A key to overcoming the drug abuse crisis in West Virginia is cutting off the supply of potential addicts. Warning young people — in a candid, convincing way — of the danger of illicit substances is critical. Good for state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for recognizing that and ...

Weirton Raises Are Appropriate

Holding public office in a small city, especially one just beginning to emerge from years of economic decline, is not easy. It also is not lucrative; pay rates for mayors and municipal council members tend to be quite low. With the outlook for their city’s economy brighter than it has ...

Ensuring Deer Season Is Safe

While many Mountain State residents are preoccupied with planning the Thanksgiving Day meal this week, an army — not a small one — will be combing the woods and fields with something else in mind. The annual two-week deer hunting season for firearms opened Monday. More than 250,000 ...

Consider New Camera System

With all the many important needs Steubenville City Council members are called upon to address — need we mention water and sewer infrastructure? — it is a shame they have to worry about money for law enforcement. But they do. Last week, police Chief Bill McCafferty recommended council ...

Ensuring Real Justice Is Done

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson and ...

Get Answers On Bus Issue

How many times have area residents been given the same brushoff when they express concerns about public schools? You know the line: Can’t comment on that. It’s a personnel matter. Often, it also is a matter of the wellbeing of our children. It is not just “a personnel matter.” It ...

Finding Drivers For School Buses

State education officials express concern regularly about the shortage of qualified teachers in West Virginia public schools. But there is another insufficiency, and in a critical way, it is much more worrisome. During a discussion Tuesday of problems involving a Brooke County school bus, a ...

Board Must Deal With Raise Issue

This one isn’t going to fade away quickly. If Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Shute had any illusions about that, they were dispelled Tuesday. A large crowd of people attended the county board of education meeting held that day in the gymnasium at Brooke Middle School. Many in ...

Brown Far From Democrat Outsider

Soon after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020. Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or ...

Giving People Reason to Trust

A U.S. Department of Justice official says there is no evidence “of any health effects people are suffering” from the Heritage Thermal Services hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool. But some of those at a public meeting where DOJ Senior Counsel Elizabeth Loeb made the comment are ...

Ojeda Far From Gifted Candidate

A genuinely promising candidate for president from West Virginia would be a nice thing. Too bad the best we seem to be able to offer is state Sen. Richard Ojeda II, D-Logan. Ojeda went to Washington the other day to announce that he is running for president. “We have not had people that ...

Time to Drop Case Against Workman

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

Create Master Plan for Sewers

Martins Ferry officials appear to be trying to avoid the mistake made in Steubenville during a period of decades. They are correct in using a gradual strategy to address municipal utility upgrades. It appears something of a “seat of the pants” approach is being used, however. As ...

Ensure School Costs Are Covered

Seventy-six million dollars may not cover proposed improvements to public schools in Ohio County, members of a committee formed to provide advice on the project are warning. Proceeds from a local bond issue approved this year by voters are to be combined with state funding for the work. But ...