Editorials

Don’t delay repair of State Capitol

West Virginia government finances are tight, these days. State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice felt they had to increase taxes and fees by about $130 million a year merely to take care of our roads and bridges. Special interests and government-funded entities have complained vociferously that ...

Keep Medicare afloat

While many local and state government officials throughout the United States agonize over how to keep their budgets balanced, members of Congress can sit back and relax. There is no law requiring the federal government to spend only what it collects — and that is apparent in annual deficits ...

Cracking down on ‘pill mills’

One might have thought a pharmacy in Boone County, W.Va., that for a decade filled prescriptions for pain pills averaging nearly a million a year would have raised eyebrows at the state Board of Pharmacy. Apparently not, to judge by the agency’s lapses for several years in helping to battle ...

Don’t shut states out on security

Computerized segments of West Virginia’s voting system were among those in 21 states Russian hackers tried to infiltrate last year. Yet then-Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was not told. Until earlier this month, neither was her successor, Mac Warner. It is not difficult to understand ...

U.S.-made products need support

Made in America week kicked off at the White House Monday with a product showcase featuring items from the very big — think Caterpillar earth moving equipment — to the very small — think craft brooms, doughnuts and door hinges. There was beer and outerwear, conveyor belts and neon ...

Shining the light on OVAC all-stars

Fans of high school football in our region have been waiting for this evening for a long time. That’s when the 72nd-annual Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football Charity Classic will be played. This year’s contest will have a little different feel when the top ...

Spending control should be a priority

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Our area has a lot to offer

It’s a complaint heard all too often: There’s nothing to do in our area. It couldn’t be farther from the truth, as a glance at what’s planned for the next several days reminds us. Whether you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, want to explore the area’s biking and hiking ...

Justice needs to explain and pay

There are any number of good reasons why a taxpayer might argue with government about his or her bill. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may be running out of them, however. Before the gubernatorial election last year, it was reported Justice’s companies owed taxes, fines and other bills ...

Justice needs a new approach

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has done quite well by using President Donald Trump as a model of how to handle oneself in politics. Last year, amid a nationwide political revolution that ushered Republican Trump into office, Justice prevailed as a Democrat by using many of the same tactics, ...

Support your local farmer

Take some of the region’s freshest produce and throw in an opportunity for area residents to enjoy a pleasant day with family and friends, and you have the perfect recipe for local farmers’ markets. Held at many locations throughout the Tri-State Area, the markets offer a chance to buy ...

Act more quickly on drug abuse

It is not enough, and it took them far too long to get to this point, but federal officials finally have taken action that will help remove some of the opioids allowed to flood the market. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration asked pharmaceutical company Endo to pull Opana ER, or ...

Finding the balance between water and jobs

Under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules, even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority. That expansive power clearly was unneeded to safeguard the environment. As so often ...

25-Year Club picnic carries on tradition

A tradition of generations of Weirton area steelworkers will continue this Saturday with the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic. The 71st-annual picnic, to be held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., once again will draw current and past steelworkers — men and women — ...

Jamboree returns to the hills

One of the region’s most anticipated summer traditions will be renewed this week in the Belmont County community of Morristown. The event — Jamboree in the Hills — is important to our region on many levels. First, it gives area residents who appreciate country music a chance to sit ...

Marijuana panel expansion needed

Not a single member of the advisory panel helping prepare rules for medical use of marijuana in West Virginia is from the Northern Panhandle. In fact, only two of the 13 are from the northern half of the state (Morgantown and Great Cacapon). Members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board were ...

Be careful while out on the water

With summer in full swing, many people are taking a boat to the river or lake to enjoy a day on the water. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren’t remembered. In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents involving 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries ...

Limit government spending in WV

Statutory limits on government growth, as West Virginia House of Delegates member Pat McGeehan envisions, are not a bad idea. Convincing his fellow legislators to adopt them is another story, however. McGeehan, R-Hancock, plans to try that when lawmakers convene their next regular session ...

Protect yourself from skin cancer

The sunny, hot days of summer are upon us and it should make everyone think of the dangers of skin cancer. It's the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, fortunately, skin cancer also is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About one in five Americans will develop ...

A celebration of community

The Follansbee Community Days celebration is one of Northern Panhandle’s — and Tri-State Area’s — most anticipated events. It’s a three-day festival that opens today, with the parking lot of the Follansbee Community House being the center of the activities. There will be plenty to ...