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Editorials

Taking Advantage Of Absentee Voting

For many Ohioans, the Nov. 6 election will be more important in many ways than if Buckeye State voters were helping to elect a president. Both on local candidates and issues and those affecting the entire state, critical decisions need to be made at the polls. It is not difficult these days ...

Transparency Is Vital on Finances

Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being used by local governments. That seems self-evident. One mechanism for ensuring that happens in West Virginia is a requirement that annual financial statements be prepared and published by municipal entities. That may not have been happening ...

Stop E-Cigarette Sales to Juveniles

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. Working with local law ...

I-70 Plan May Not Need Cuts

Contracting for major highway projects promised to West Virginia voters in exchange for their approval of a $1.6 billion bond package has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for state officials — including one big free-fall drop involving Interstate 70 in Ohio County. During the past ...

Ask Questions About the Lottery

Most people who resign from their jobs feel no need to get their attorneys involved. The fact that an official with the West Virginia Lottery did ought to prompt state legislators to ask probing questions about what is going on at the agency. Some lawmakers already have expressed concern ...

Issue 1 Terrible Idea for Ohio

Some rich advocates of legalizing killer drugs apparently think Ohioans are suckers for a slick propaganda campaign. But the vast majority of voters are too thoughtful to fall for arguments on behalf of Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 election ballot. One thing many Buckeye State voters understand is ...

Safeguard Police, Sheriff’s Deputies

When most people think about equipment cities provide to police officers, items that come to mind include guns, cruisers, uniforms, handcuffs and the like. Good for Martins Ferry City Council for putting bulletproof vests at the top of its list. Council members voted last week to spend as ...

PEIA ‘Fix’ Still Not Achieved

“Fix the PEIA,” demanded thousands of West Virginia public school employees who stayed off work for nearly two weeks earlier this year. Well, it seems the Public Employees Insurance Agency indeed is “fixed” — for now. Tens of thousands of active and retired public employees and ...

Pats on the Back

n To parents, students and the community that supports Allen T. Allison Elementary School in Chester. The school has been honored as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018. Just two other West Virginia schools were cited. n To William May, a Belmont Correctional Institute teacher honored ...

Fiscal Caution May Be Prudent

What a strange time it is in West Virginia politics. Suddenly, Republicans — normally the fiscally cautious party — are promising new spending initiatives. Meanwhile, Democrats — often viewed as the big spenders — are suggesting restraint. Last week, Gov. Jim Justice reported that ...

Bellaire Police Hire a Mistake

People who have made mistakes in their lives often earn second chances. Tim Loehmann should not be getting his in Bellaire. As a story on page one of today’s newspaper explains, Loehmann has been hired as a Bellaire police officer. He will be strapping on a pistol belt every day he goes to ...

Housing Agency Needs Cleanup

Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority board of commissioners members ought to be aware of basic laws governing them, such as Ohio’s open meetings statute. If they are not, perhaps they should be replaced with men or women who do understand and have at least some regard for the law. At ...

Building W.Va. Small Business

West Virginia has become more attractive as an economic development destination during the past couple of years. Tax reform at both the state and federal levels has helped. So has regulatory reform, with legislators slicing away at state mandates that are unnecessarily burdensome for ...

Impeachment Trial Was About Justice

West Virginia legislators proved something important Tuesday when they voted against convicting state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker after an impeachment trial. There have been claims the whole episode — House of Delegates members impeaching four of the high court’s five ...

Walker Should Lead Reforms

It may be that West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker’s appearance of contrition and her pledges to make reforms at the court played a role in her acquittal after a short trial before state senators this week. But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Safeguards against ...

Helping to Rebuild Once-Broken Lives

When state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, attended a White House conference on drug abuse last week, he clued attendees from throughout the nation in on the cold new idea for helping former addicts. Ferns told those at the conference about a program at the Ziegenfelder Co. in ...

Guard Against Fraud in City

In some small communities and school districts, officials and taxpayers have few options but to place a certain amount of trust in those who handle financial affairs. As we have seen repeatedly during the past few years, that can lead to trouble. Clerks, treasurers and other local ...

Oglebayfest, Fair Usher in Autumn

Here and there on still-green lawns, a few yellow and orange leaves can be seen this week. Temperatures, while still warm, have begun to dip. Even the breezes feel less like summer and more like fall. It won’t be long before leaving the house will call for a jacket. Weekend recreational ...

Judge Kavanaugh Only on the Facts

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

State Audits Critical In Spotting Fraud

Ohio Valley residents have been reminded multiple times during the past few years that it is distressingly easy for a public official to abuse the trust placed in him or her. In both the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio, several local government officials have been charged with and often ...