Editorials

The programs that fund our future

The statistics are easy to understand. Just during the last eight years in Hancock and Brooke counties, $15.24 million has been used to leverage more than 10 times its worth, bringing $125.54 million in investments in business and industry. That $15.24 million wasn't pork-barrel spending. ...

Fund transition process for RESAs

It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Our state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the ...

Our vigilance must continue

It was a year ago to the day that the attacks by terrorists in Belgium were followed upon by an attack on tourists and the Parliament in London. The attacks have become decidedly low-tech. The terrorist in the United Kingdom used a truck and a knife, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing an ...

Politics has no place in appointments

When governors are called upon to appoint people to fill vacancies in important state government offices, the right thing for them to do is name someone of the same political party as the person who has vacated the position. Most of the time that is what happens; sometimes, as with members of ...

Next state superintendent will face challenges

Picking the right person to become West Virginia’s new school superintendent will be a difficult task for state Board of Education members, in part because of the mixed signals that person will have to sort through. Current state Superintendent Michael Martirano will be leaving at the end ...

Avoid costly mistakes on state budget

Republicans who control the West Virginia Legislature are right to insist on what amounts to a hold-the-line state budget that does not depend on massive tax increases. But there is danger even in their fiscally conservative plan. It is simply that even the $4.055 billion general revenue fund ...

Social workers make a difference

Social workers work in the community every day helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is "Social Workers Stand Up." There are more than 600,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their lives to ...

Signs of growth continue locally

The Ohio Valley received yet more good economic news recently when it was announced that Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Total Energy Services Inc., would be locating its U.S. headquarters in Weirton, with plans to eventually create close to 130 new jobs. Bidell ...

Cooperation is key among law enforcement

There are a lot of fish swimming in the sea of drug trafficking. There are the small fish, the users, and varying sizes of drug-dealing fish. Law enforcement, like a fisherman, tries to catch the big fish, but it is the most elusive. Drug dealers work hard not to get caught. They learn from ...

Celebrate our cultural heritage

Our region has a rich cultural heritage, spanning its history. From its original American Indian population, to the first European settlers, to the influx of immigrant steelworkers in the early 1900s, the Ohio Valley has a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that should be recognized and ...