Editorials

Avoid cutting back voting locations

Before Brooke County voters go to the polls in November, they may want to double-check locations where they are supposed to cast ballots. There may be fewer of them than there were earlier this month. County commissioners and County Clerk Sylvia Benzo discussed the matter this week. In view ...

Sloppiness needs addressed

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

Concert series ready to rock

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the weekly free community concerts are kicking off at the Weirton Event Center. This year's summer concert series — the seventh since its inception — will begin this Friday with "Elvis" and a performance by the Original Fantasys. A car ...

Haspel is what America needs

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

Changing our views on STEM

Young people in West Virginia (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than their peers in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee knows ...

Celebrate responsibly

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Get integrity plan in place

When West Virginia legislators decided earlier this year to set the groundwork for legalized sports betting, they moved like racehorses. In their haste, they stumbled, enacting a flawed bill. Monday’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a federal ban on sports betting makes ...

‘Experts’ wrong about West Virginia

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead-up to the primary election here. They do not. Plenty of know-it-alls both inside and outside the state decided before the election that Don ...

Where is our nation’s civility?

If anyone needs evidence of a complete lack of civility in the average American, the evidence is easily found in the comments on the story about the first lady recovering in the hospital from a kidney procedure. From the usual complaining about the first family having better health care than ...

Bringing elk back to West Virginia

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near ...

PEIA rules need reviewed

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. ...

Clinton right on North Korea

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Drug firms hold substantial blame

No wonder U.S. Rep. David McKinley told drug company executives last week that, “The fury inside me right now is bubbling over.” McKinley, R-W.Va., is part of a congressional subcommittee that grilled top executives from some of the nation’s biggest drug distributors concerning their ...

Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers may be much different in their public life than they were 104 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May 1914 as a day to honor mothers. Moms then were, by and large, homemakers, what we'd call a "stay-at-home mom" nowadays. They cooked and cleaned and ...

Remember those who keep us safe

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. And, in 2016, 58,627 officers ...

‘Be Best’ idea long overdue

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Ensuring alliance isn’t fractured

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

Haspel should get fair consideration

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump's knowledge, told her she retains the president's confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the CIA ...

Cooperating to conserve

West Virginians hear time and again that we must make a choice: business and industry (jobs), or the environment. That is not the reality, however. Organizations such as the Nature Conservancy remind us such a choice is not necessary, and, in fact, business and industry can be an important ...

Resources vital in drug battle

Here in our area, the Ohio River is but a thin dividing line on one critical problem — drug abuse. West Virginia continues to have the highest overdose death rate in the nation, but Ohio has gotten worse. Between our two states, 6,219 people died of drug overdoses during the most recent ...