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Opinion

Keep Cemeteries In Good Repair

Editorials

Cemeteries with the grass cut regularly and the shrubs trimmed carefully can lose their appeal quickly when roads through them become impassable or hillside slips threaten parts of them. Good for Martins Ferry City Council members for recognizing and doing something about that. Martins ...

Securing Retired Miners’ Pensions

Editorials

Tens of thousands of retired coal miners and their families face financial roof collapses if Congress does not act to prevent them. When the United Mine Workers of America 1974 Pension Plan was established, no one foresaw a time when it could become insolvent. But — in part because of a ...

Release Details On Settlement

Editorials

For months last year, a dark cloud hung over the head of former Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith. He had been suspended by the village, then resigned. State officials were investigating an allegation he misused a law enforcement computer system. Officials in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal ...

Mandate Careful Handling of Guns

Editorials

Most West Virginians appear to be staunch defenders of the Second Amendment’s guarantees that we may keep and bear firearms. But along with that, we understand the responsibilities that go with gun ownership and use. One of them is to handle firearms safely — certainly with whatever ...

Ban Conflicts By Lawmakers, Too

Editorials

Local and state officials in West Virginia are prohibited in a variety of ways from using their positions for personal gain. One is steering local or state contracts to businesses in which they have interests. For example, a county board of education member whose family sells school buses ...

Risking Own Safety To Rescue a Canine

Editorials

There are all sorts of reasons to stay away from a burning vehicle. The flames themselves are dangerous. There is potential for a gasoline explosion. Inhaling smoke from some of the material used in cars and trucks is hazardous. Marshall County commissioners were told a few days ago about a ...

Holding County Spending Down

Editorials

Government budgets at all levels seldom seem to be lower than in previous years. On the rare occasions when they are, they often are accompanied by predictions of doom and gloom. Except in Belmont County. There, county commissioners have approved a 2019 budget of $21.9 million — about ...

Facebook Post Cause for Firing

Editorials

Far too many Americans do not seem to understand the rights granted to us under the First Amendment. What it does not provide is any right to incite violence or to prompt the public to suspect whether one’s employer, private or public, condones racism. The deputy director of emergency ...

Taking a Shot At Immunization Law

Editorials

Parents and guardians who have legitimate medical or religious reasons for concern about having their children immunized against disease should be treated fairly and with consideration by state officials in West Virginia. That should go without saying. But some of those who say no to ...

Consider Students’ Safety on Bus Trips

Editorials

What happened Saturday night to the Martinsburg High School girls’ basketball team could have been much, much worse. No doubt many fellow West Virginians have said prayers of gratitude it was not. Members of the team were on a charter bus, returning home from a tournament in Beckley, when ...

Watching Out For Children

Editorials

It is impossible to say with certainty what would have happened last Tuesday, had the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department not received the call it did at about 7:13 p.m. What might have occurred is reason enough to be very grateful someone called 911. Within two minutes of the call being ...

Avoiding Deadly Hospital Errors

Editorials

We go to hospitals to get well, not to be killed by incompetence or worse. State and federal governments have a critical role in protecting us in that regard. Federal officials have notified Mount Carmel Health, of Columbus, that Medicare will cease paying for patients at two of the ...

Same Situation, But New Circumstances

Local Columns

Here we are at the beginning of February and we’re staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike imminent. But is it really all that similar? There are ...

Avoid Second School Shutdown

Editorials

Members of West Virginia’s three big unions for public school teachers and service personnel will be asked this week to authorize another strike — and that, semantics and legal technicalities aside, is the word for it. Another lengthy work stoppage like the one that shuttered nearly all ...

Pick Interim School Leader Cautiously

Editorials

Less than a week after Brooke County Board of Education members select an interim superintendent for the school district, early voting on a critical tax levy to support schools will begin. What board members do will have an effect, perhaps decisively, on how voters react. Board members have ...

Remove Ron Walker From Cameron Council

Editorials

Ron Walker’s conviction last week on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse gives Cameron City Council no choice but to remove him as one of its members. Walker was fired previously as Moundsville fire chief. Council took no action against Walker when he was arrested, with members ...

Pats on the Back

Editorials

- To the many firefighters and other first responders who fought the Thursday fire at the Ziegenfelder Co. in Wheeling — not only containing it under miserable, dangerous conditions, but avoiding any injuries. - To Marshall County Board of Education members for selecting respected veteran ...

Not at All Funny Or Acceptable

Local Columns

Imagine responding to the doorbell some Halloween night, opening the front door and finding in front of you a youngster dressed as a Native American from the late 1700s, holding a doll smeared in blood. “So, who are you?” “I’m a Shawnee warrior” he might respond, holding up a ...

Don’t Divert Money From Public Schools in W.Va.

Local Columns

On Friday Jan. 25, the West Virginia Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 to pass what leadership is calling the “Education Reform Omnibus Bill.” It passed along party lines, despite many only seeing its final version hours before. In fact, the meeting had to be recessed in order for all ...

Leo Club Aids Moundsville’s House of Carpenter II

Local Columns

One of the undertakings the John Marshall High School LEO Club has chosen this school year is to assist the House of Carpenter II in Moundsville, and this past week four members of the club, President Kailey Filben, Whitney Coffield, Faith Corley and Dakota Wyatt along with adviser Dianne ...