Editorials

Let your voice be heard, go vote

Voters in Ohio and West Virginia certainly have plenty of choices on the ballots this year. There are no reasons not to cast a ballot in this year’s general election. Voters in both states will decide on the federal level for Senate and House of Representatives. There also are contested ...

Support levies on your ballots

There are several levy options on the local ballots as part of Tuesday’s election, and while we understand the idea of taxes isn’t something many of us want to think about we are encouraging our residents to vote in favor of them and continue providing the services on which they are ...

Armstead, Jenkins right choices for court

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Be alert during deer season

Drivers need to be careful this time of the year to avoid deer crashes. But the odds are against you driving in Pennsylvania and Ohio and especially in West Virginia. The odds of a Mountain State resident having an insurance claim because of a deer collision is 1 in 46. In Pennsylvania, it ...

Impeachment issues linger

Impeachment proceedings involving West Virginia Supreme Court justices could just fade away without having been concluded. Some in the public may conclude pursuing them is unnecessary. One of the justices, Elizabeth Walker, already has been tried and acquitted by the state Senate. The three ...

Recht was legal giant for West Virginia

When Arthur Recht passed away Sunday, it was a loss not just for Wheeling and the Northern Panhandle, but for our state as a whole. Recht had an incredible record of public service as a circuit judge and state Supreme Court justice. His dedication and ability were such that even in retirement ...

Show support for Amendment 2

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to the ...

Ensuring a safe Halloween

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout the Tri-State Area on Wednesday evening, we ask parents to make safety a priority this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Parents should always accompany young ...

Bringing more eyes to our region

The Weirton area has been getting a great deal of attention in recent years. From home-grown development efforts to funding from state and federal governments aimed at cleaning up former industrial sites, to international companies deciding to call the city home, there has been much going on ...

Manchin needs to remain in Senate

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

More public discussion needed by school board

Brooke County Board of Education members should be taking a few days to come up with a plan to cope with the anger expressed Monday night over pay raises granted to some school administrators. What taxpayers, including some educators, heard Monday was not sufficient. Members of the public and ...

Some hope for the coal industry

For some time during former President Barack Obama's administration, it appeared that the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys, W.Va., was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that ...

Pursue research on e-cigarettes

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Make use of early voting period

While we certainly encourage our residents to get out and vote Nov. 6, we hope those who are unable will make use of West Virginia’s early voting period which begins Wednesday. Both Hancock and Brooke counties have commission seats on the ballot, and voters also will select their ...

In need of a realistic approach

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...

Keep the signs off state property

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Celebrating the past, looking to the future

Weirton may not be known for giant pumpkins or a special type of apple, but organizers of this Saturday’s Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival hope the new event can join the Ohio Valley’s other “heritage” festivals as it celebrates our area’s industrial past. Activities are scheduled ...

Improving health care in rural W.Va.

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Be aware, save a life

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Remove Loughry from the bench

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...