Editorials

Development milestone reached

As a result of our area’s industrial heritage, any future development is going to be complicated. None of us truly know what has been put into the land as a result of past industrial use, whether it be steel, tin, pottery or glass. That is why it was good news to hear in recent days the ...

PSC correct in decision

West Virginia’s Public Service Commission was absolutely right to reject a proposal by Appalachian Power to buy two wind farms and have Mountain State consumers foot the bill. Our state already has paid dearly for the misguided national campaign against relatively low-priced electricity ...

Play it safe and cool in the pool

Pool season is here. But the laughing and screaming of kids playing in the water can quickly turn tragic. More than 300 kids younger than age 5 drown every year in swimming pool accidents across the country, and more than 3,200 go to a hospital emergency room after a near drowning. A ...

Better order in the court needed

Questions about how the West Virginia Supreme Court uses taxpayers’ money continue to be brought up. They reinforce a feeling among some that something is badly wrong in the high court’s offices. Last fall, the story was lavish spending on furniture and remodeling in the court’s ...

Reflect on history

Bringing together re-enactors, crafters, musicians and history lovers for an experience of life more than 200 years ago in frontier Ohio is what the Ohio Valley Frontier Days at Historic Fort Steuben is all about. Tri-State Area visitors to downtown Steubenville on Saturday and Sunday can ...

Accountability over program vital

West Virginia legislators upset about the slow pace of dispersing nearly $150 million in federal flood recovery funds are right to have decided now is not the time to reset the process entirely. That decision should not be taken as a stance that there is no use crying over spilled milk, ...

Oversight may be needed

A recommendation that Brooke County Magistrate Robin Snyder be punished for her handling of a case in which two dogs were euthanized is a reminder of two things: First, irreversible outcomes — in this case, the deaths of two pets — need to be handled with special care at any level of law ...

Helping the young victims

Much of the focus in a report on the devastation substance abuse is wreaking on West Virginia was on money. And yes, the fact that our economy loses $8.8 billion a year, one-eighth of our gross domestic product, to the drug crisis is worrisome. Worse, however, is the human carnage, in both ...

Remember their sacrifice

Throughout the nation’s history, millions have died protecting the freedom American citizens enjoy in the relative peace the rest of the world only dreams about. Think about that today as you light up the grill, spend time with family and friends or go to a ballgame. Today’s ...

State vehicle problems persist

Apparently, getting West Virginia state government’s gigantic fleet of cars and trucks under control is rocket science. How else to explain that, years after legislators of both parties began demanding something be done, the mess remains? During the past week or so, lawmakers have heard yet ...

Avoid cutting back voting locations

Before Brooke County voters go to the polls in November, they may want to double-check locations where they are supposed to cast ballots. There may be fewer of them than there were earlier this month. County commissioners and County Clerk Sylvia Benzo discussed the matter this week. In view ...

Sloppiness needs addressed

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

Concert series ready to rock

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the weekly free community concerts are kicking off at the Weirton Event Center. This year's summer concert series — the seventh since its inception — will begin this Friday with "Elvis" and a performance by the Original Fantasys. A car ...

Haspel is what America needs

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

Changing our views on STEM

Young people in West Virginia (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than their peers in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee knows ...

Celebrate responsibly

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Get integrity plan in place

When West Virginia legislators decided earlier this year to set the groundwork for legalized sports betting, they moved like racehorses. In their haste, they stumbled, enacting a flawed bill. Monday’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a federal ban on sports betting makes ...

‘Experts’ wrong about West Virginia

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead-up to the primary election here. They do not. Plenty of know-it-alls both inside and outside the state decided before the election that Don ...

Where is our nation’s civility?

If anyone needs evidence of a complete lack of civility in the average American, the evidence is easily found in the comments on the story about the first lady recovering in the hospital from a kidney procedure. From the usual complaining about the first family having better health care than ...

Bringing elk back to West Virginia

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near ...