Editorials

Taking pride in the progress of the Ohio Valley

Take a look at any part of our Tri-State Area and you will find it nearly impossible not to see growth, expansion and reason for optimism. Not too far to our north, you’ll find that work is continuing on the $8 billion-plus ethane cracker being built by Royal Dutch Shell in Monaca, Pa. Not ...

Tailgate with the Weirton United Way

This Saturday will see the return of what has become one of the Weirton United Way’s largest fundraisers of the year. Hundreds will be gathering at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown for the eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate event, donning their favorite football jerseys, eating a ...

Curb Medicaid fraud in West Virginia

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough fraud ...

Finding the money to save our children

Just five years ago, only about 3,000 children in West Virginia were being cared for by the state because parents could not or would not keep them safe. The number has skyrocketed to about 6,700. Tens of thousands of other children are still living in homes that are dangerous — emotionally ...

Sports betting tax too low?

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a multi-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much state ...

Make probe results public

Behavior such as what the West Virginia Department of Education says former Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute engaged in is outrageously unacceptable, unpardonable and probably illegal. State officials need to get to the bottom of the matter immediately and publicly. Shute ...

A need to cross the political lines

Cracks have appeared in the wall Democrat Party leaders have erected against any compromise that could end the partial shutdown of federal government. It should come as no surprise that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is a leader in trying to restore rationality to the process. During the ...

Restore special veterans court

State legislators ought to make it plain that West Virginians consider the debt we owe to veterans of military service a greater priority than ensuring justice of our Supreme Court have fancy offices. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has introduced a bill to establish a Military Service ...

Voting bill needs more thought

In the near future, it may be possible for people to vote in municipal elections even if they don’t live in a particular city — at least if a few members of the West Virginia’s Legislature get their way. A bill circulating through the West Virginia House of Delegates, dubbed House Bill ...

Keep corrections centers in repair

There are lots and lots of ways to spend taxpayers’ money, West Virginia legislators are learning as they get their annual 60-day regular session moving. Unfortunately, making up for money not spent in the past has to be viewed as a priority. State Division of Corrections Commissioner Betsy ...

Keeping West Virginia public in the dark

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...

Blass has done it the right way

For many sports fans in our area, the image is as fresh as it was on Oct. 17, 1971 — pitcher Steve Blass leaping into the arms of first baseman Bob Robertson. It was a moment of pure joy and celebration that came in the seconds after the Pittsburgh Pirates had defeated the Baltimore Orioles ...

Use common sense in the cold weather

The relatively warm winter has suddenly been replaced with the reality of the season. Lighter jackets were the norm during December. Heavy parkas and layers of clothing will be needed come Sunday and Monday, when the low temperature will dip near zero. Doctors say keeping warm in the bitter ...

Independent investigation of Brooke Schools needed

It is unacceptable for a public official to attempt to intimidate a critic of government at any level, including a local school system. That’s why members of the Brooke County Board of Education need to get to the bottom of a complaint that such an attempt was made. Accomplishing that to ...

Update medicinal marijuana rules

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

McKinley is correct, compromise is vital

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Avoid wishful thinking on budget

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Helping youngest victims in West Virginia

Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in ...

Givens lived to serve others

Roy Givens worked hard to improve the lives of residents of Brooke County and the Northern Panhandle. From serving as an elected official through his efforts on many other fronts, Givens, who died Jan. 3 at the age of 89, always followed a simple philosophy of putting the interests of others ...

Evaluate state math initiative soon

Give West Virginia Department of Education officials credit for coming up with a catchy name for their initiative to improve Mountain State students’ achievement in mathematics. They call it math4life. But will it accomplish what needs to happen in our schools? Last fall, results of the ...