Editorials

No one is exempt from the rules

When Walt Helmick became West Virginia commissioner of agriculture last year, one of the first things he did was to request a thorough audit of his department. That is not unusual, especially when an office holder's predecessor has been in office for many years.What auditors found was unusual, ...

New septic rules must make sense

Building that dream home in the country may get substantially more expensive for Ohioans this year.Ohio Department of Health officials are planning to establish new rules for the septic systems used by many individual home builders and subdivision developers. Almost beyond a shadow of doubt, ...

Change not always good

By 2040, U.S. households will be getting more of our electricity from natural gas than from coal, the federal government predicts. That may not be good news for tens of millions of Americans.Just a few years ago, more than half the electricity generated in this country came from coal-fired ...

Obamacare can still be stopped

Barring some catastrophe - perhaps involving Iran or North Korea - the biggest challenge we Americans will face during 2014 will be one we allowed to be created.It is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, of course.Already, even before the law's most onerous regulations kick in, millions of ...

Reining in NSA’s invasion of privacy

Just before the old year ended, a federal appeals court judge handed champions of the liberties Americans cherish a stinging defeat.Federal District Court Judge William H. Pauley, in Washington, D.C., ruled the National Security Agency's mass collection of telephone data on tens of millions of ...

Reading standards reason for pause

An Ohio initiative to improve literacy for elementary school students has hit its first milestone, as fall reading test results were released in December. Under the standards of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, more than 34 percent of third-graders who participated in state tests are now at ...

Changes in store for 2014

If you don't feel any different this morning, don't worry. It's impossible to truly know what a new year will bring, but we have our hopes.The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle continues to light the way to the future, day by day, having spent 2013 with several major ...

2014 sure to be interesting year

If you don't feel any different this morning, don't worry.It's impossible to truly know what a new year will bring, but we have our hopes.The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle continues to light the way to the future, day by day, having spent 2013 with several major ...

Not much cheering this bowl season

Forgive us, if you will, for having a tough time getting excited about this year's college football bowl games.For many fans throughout the region, the bowl season lost a great deal of its luster on Dec. 7 when Ohio State suffered a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. That ...

Bowl season seems to lack excitement

Forgive us, if you will, for having a tough time getting excited about this year's college football bowl games.For many fans throughout the region, the bowl season lost a great deal of its luster on Dec. 7 when Ohio State suffered a 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game. That ...

A loss for the Ohio Valley

Fire has erased an Ohio Valley landmark, but for those who knew what went on in there, the memories will remain.The Creegan Co. building was torn down in recent days following a fire that destroyed the structure on Dec. 11. Firefighters from Steubenville, Weirton and several other surrounding ...

Fire can’t destroy Creegan memories

Fire has erased a Steubenville landmark, but for those who knew what went on in there, the memories will remain.The Creegan Co. building was torn down in recent days following a fire that destroyed the structure on Dec. 11. Firefighters from Steubenville and several surrounding communities ...

Don’t drink and drive

New Year's parties are about to get under way, and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties.There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Police agencies ...

Drinking, driving a bad combination

New Year's parties are about to get under way, and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties.There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Police agencies ...

Follansbee honors its civic leaders

Our communities would not be able to survive without their people and their businesses, and it always is nice to be able to recognize the contributions they make, such as recently was done by the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce.During its dinner last week, the chamber honored several from the ...

Follansbee chamber honors important

Our communities would not be able to survive without their people and their businesses, and it always is nice to be able to recognize the contributions they make, such as recently was done by the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce.During its dinner last week, the chamber honored several from the ...

Help lower students’ debt

West Virginia lawmakers have spent the past year discussing college affordability, as it pertains to their effort to increase enrollment in higher education programs. The amount of debt with which most students graduate can be a heavy burden, and lowering that figure is a priority.According to ...

Goal of Wests simply for some family fun

Lee West was a well-liked 15-year-old with what should have been a bright future.His potential was cut short in a house fire, leaving the community and, especially, his family, with a loss.Many families would have gone into isolation or tried to forget. But West's mother, Cookie, and her ...

Shop with a Cop brightens season

Each year, active and retired law enforcement officials across the Ohio Valley set out to help our area's less fortunate have a brighter Christmas season.Through the Shop with a Cop program, which is offered in many of our communities - stretching from Chester to Wheeling - police officers seek ...

Shop with a Cop events important

Each year, active and retired law enforcement officials across the Ohio Valley set out to help our area's less fortunate have a brighter Christmas season.Through the Shop with a Cop program, which is offered in many of our communities, police officers seek donations from our residents.With that ...