Editorials

Precautions must be taken with pipelines

Many West Virginians and Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets. Without that infrastructure, our gas has only limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas ...

Drawing firm line on conflicts

West Virginia is full of small towns and counties in which it can be difficult for public officials to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Sometimes, the best person for a local government job may be related to a municipal or county official. Sometimes, the best, cheapest way to ...

Foundation making a difference

The Hancock County Savings Bank Charitable Foundation continues its efforts to make a difference in our local communities, lending a hand to several area organizations working to benefit others. Recently the foundation awarded almost $49,000 to 23 area groups. These funding allocations have ...

Political change requires courage

Many of the functions of local and state government in West Virginia could be handled just as well as they are now — or better — with fewer people and less expense. That seems obvious. Slimming down the size of government takes both political power and courage, however. That is why no one ...

Don’t miss out on a good bet

West Virginia did not have to be put in the position of playing catch-up to other states on an excellent money-making opportunity, legalized sports and online gambling. But as of this week, that is where we are. It has been suggested for years that the Mountain State, which already permits ...

Think safety when changing clocks

As you make your way around the house today changing clocks back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be replaced at ...

Stop the leaders to stop terrorism

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Punishment needed if allegations are true

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump's campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Manafort was a top aide to Trump during part of the election campaign. But he was fired last August, quite possibly because ...

Speed up the permit process

If, as many Ohio Valley residents hope, PTT Global Chemical constructs an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, it will require a stable supply of ethane. We are not going out on a limb in suggesting that is one of the key factors in PTT executives’ consideration of whether to build the ...

Support the United Way

The Weirton United Way’s 2017 campaign has been officially under way for a little over a month, and, during its report meeting Friday, officials announced they already have passed the half-way point to their $260,000 goal. While that certainly is great news, there is still much work to be ...