Editorials

Relays are saving lives

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 residents, as the 2018 season of area Relays for Life has wrapped up. There were survivors’ laps and dinners, lighted luminaria in ...

A brighter future

Trinity Health System's announcement of a $76 million project that will result in a new Trinity Medical Center at the West campus is positioning the hospital to be a leader in the area for years to come. Officials spent more than a decade trying to come up with a design that would be ...

Promoting area internationally

Patrick Ford represented the Northern Panhandle at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle was equipped with the only marketing piece for our region: A BDC marketing magazine that is the result ...

A win-win for W.Va. and China

We don’t know what the Chinese equivalent of the old American warning of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face is, but let us hope it is kept in mind in Beijing. Last year, West Virginians got wonderful news: China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to ...

Keeping our farmers sound

The Farm Bill has passed the Senate and the House has been unable to pass its own version, defeating it in mid-May amid attempts to attach work requirements to the food stamp program, which is the major component of the Farm Bill. The first price supports dated to the early years of the Great ...

Taking the opioid fight to the national level

Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, for not only talking about the opioid addiction crisis but also authoring bills and having them passed by the full House of Representatives. Johnson’s T.E.A.C.H. Act would provide incentives ...

Moving forward

West Virginia needs to overcome the "We're last and proud" syndrome as it tries to become a greater economic power in the nation. That's the word from E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, who discussed the West Virginia Forward initiative with reporters during Academic Media ...

Talk is better than warfare

In the currently divided U.S. political climate, even good news is drowned in a hail of criticism. There is one very basic fact that needs to be remembered before all else is said about the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: It happened. The president of ...

The meaning of ‘father’

Fathers don't always receive the attention they deserve, often because many fathers garner attention that isn't so good. Tales of single fathers and stay-at-home dads are not as common as tales of fathers gone wrong, fathers who succumb to the terrible pressures of supporting a family in a ...

Be cautious with state budget news

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may have been as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...

Report needs to be released

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...

The symbol that unifies

On June 14, 1777, nearly a year after the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress adopted a 13-star, red-white-and-blue flag as the emblem of the new nation, the United States of America. We should think about that every time we see the flag, now with a star for ...

Cleaning up the voter rolls

West Virginians and Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Both our states have relatively new mechanisms, handled by secretaries of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One ...

Keep our river clean

The Ohio River has been one of the area’s greatest natural resources. The development of town’s along the river depended upon its use as a means of drinking water, wildlife and transportation. An annual event set for Saturday morning will allow volunteers a chance to protect the ...

Corruption needs punished

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry — who, ironically, wrote a book about political corruption — has been accused of 32 instances of misconduct himself. Among them are lying about previous allegations of misbehavior, then attempting to blame someone else. Loughry not only ...

Congratulations Holtz honorees

We congratulate the inductees of the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and those involved in making this program such a success year after year. Holtz, a Follansbee native, returned to the area Monday to recognize this year's group of honorees. Honoring Steeler great ...

Chester set to select its leadership

There will be some new faces leading the city of Chester after July 1. That is apparent enough from looking at the ballot set to go before city voters on Tuesday, where they will choose Chester’s new mayor, member of city council and the city clerk. Only one of the races will be ...

Be realistic about North Korea

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them next week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes both ...

What else is being mismanaged?

Precisely what the West Virginia Department of Commerce did incorrectly in mismanaging a gigantic program meant to help victims of June 2016 flooding remains unclear. Still, remarks by Gov. Jim Justice on Monday leave a trail of dots to be connected: • Justice revealed the RISE West ...

The great and noble undertaking

Today marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches of ...