Editorials

Fix W.Va.’s budget system

Perhaps there is a worse way to plan a state budget than what is utilized in West Virginia. But the current system is so bad it would be difficult to make it much worse. Each year, state legislators gather for a 60-day session to consider thousands of bills, some of them complex. Soon after ...

State budget not being cut

West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again ...

Relay events provide hope

Another season of fun, friendship and fundraising has come to an end, as the area's annual Relays for Life have wrapped up. Hours and hours of walking, plus a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, have culminated in yet another successful effort by some very caring Ohio Valley ...

Relief comes from road re-opening

There was certainly much relief last week when a long-closed portion of Weirton’s Pennsylvania Avenue was finally reopened to traffic. The section of road — from North 10th Street to Angela Street — had been closed in October as a result of a land slide, which caused a portion of the ...

Holtz honorees earn respect

We congratulate the inductees of the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and those involved in making this program such a success year after year. Follansbee and East Liverpool native Holtz returned to the Ohio Valley on June 9 to recognize this year's group of honorees, ...

Keeping up with international relations

Economic development often is more of a marathon than a sprint. Projects many of us may feel should be simple, usually can take years of negotiations before an announcement can be made, let alone before any construction or hiring can take place. Those involved in the process also have a large ...

Look to the future of West Virginia

As we marked our state’s birthday Tuesday, some West Virginians may have wondered whether there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared ...

Get real input on education

Obviously, the national Common Core curriculum seemed like a good idea to many leaders in West Virginia’s public education establishment. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed as if the plan was set in stone for our state. Someone forgot to check with the people of our state, however. ...

Penguins showed heart, teamwork

Area fans of hockey are riding high on the shoulders of the Pittsburgh Penguins, again among the rare ranks of the back-to-back Stanley Cup winners in the NHL. The extra 25 games of the 2017 NHL post-season tournament that it took for the Penguins to bring home the hardware for the second ...

Happy Father’s Day

Fatherhood is not a matter of biology. It's a matter of dedication, attitude and a life's choice to realize that, no matter what the world says, role models do matter. To be a father is about love. That's a tricky subject in a world where men are portrayed as aloof, athletic or just plain ...