Editorials

Being transparent on the road work

The West Virginia Division of Highways unveiled a new, interactive map on its website this past week, as part of its effort to be more transparent and allow residents to have a better idea on the progress of the various ongoing road projects in the state. The map, available online at ...

Settle governor’s residency issue

The West Virginia Constitution is clear: Our governor and certain other high-ranking state officials are required to reside “at the seat of government” in Charleston. But Gov. Jim Justice continues to live in Lewisburg. Doing so has not hampered his ability to do his job, he maintains. In ...

Accountability for exotic ‘pet’ owners

Fifteen-foot pythons and 7-foot crocodiles are fun to look at in zoos — but not so enjoyable in the hills of West Virginia or the creeks of Ohio. A few weeks ago, a Morgantown man somehow let his 15-foot python escape into the woods outside the city. Efforts to find the reptile have been ...

Support the families of our soldiers

Conflict in the Middle East has taken on new meaning for West Virginians, as well as some of our neighbors in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. On Friday, state officials were joined by hundreds of other people in Charleston in a ceremonial send-off for more than 500 West Virginia ...

Giving veterans a second chance

Speaking of giving veterans of military service a second chance, some of those who have run afoul of the law in our area may be getting one. Today, four members of the West Virginia Supreme Court will join local officials in announcing the establishment of a Military Service Members Treatment ...

Keeping children safe from guns

For one reason or another, a man in Nitro, West Virginia, decided he needed to take a firearm with him when he left home Wednesday night. As he was getting ready to leave, he laid the gun down for just a moment or two. His 3-year-old son picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the head. ...

Training, teamwork kept shooting from being worse

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and four others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...

Drive safe as we head back to school

Area motorists, be alert! School children are heading back to Tri-State Area classrooms, and drivers need to heighten their awareness in the coming days. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools ...

Ban municipal annexation without a vote

If you live outside a municipality in West Virginia, you may have assumed the adjacent town or city could not annex your property by force. If you think that, you are wrong. Most municipal officials are responsible enough to put annexation plans to a vote of the property owners involved. They ...

There are nice people out there

Gov. Jim Justice should proclaim that Charlene Vickers is being made an honorary West Virginian. The Philadelphia-area woman has earned it by reminding us that while the news often is dominated by sick, evil human beings, we live among some truly kind-hearted neighbors. You may have heard the ...

Corridor will benefit our entire region

When you look at a proposed 160-mile highway project, 47 miles might not seem like a lot. But when completed, that overall length of highway — roughly 30 percent of the route — could be the key to increased economic growth across our region, according to the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor ...

Congratulations Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Seven current and former residents joined the ranks of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame Sunday, and we offer each of them our congratulations. For the last 11 years, the hall of fame has worked to recognize residents who have found ways to contribute to the community through the ...

Liberties a concern in debate on safety

Two West Virginia legislators have said our state needs a “red flag” law to ban access to firearms by dangerous people. The most obvious concern with that is how “dangerous” will be defined — and who will decide if a person’s Second Amendment rights will be taken away. Mass murders ...

Defending our right to know

“Transparency” has become one of the favorite buzzwords used by politicians and candidates for office. All too often, they are about as transparent as a lump of coal. We suppose West Virginians ought to be grateful that we are reminded of that frequently. Another tipoff has come in regard ...

Protect bullied adults in West Virginia

Had Denise Fernatt been a juvenile, police and prosecutors might have been able to do something about the people who allegedly harassed her until she jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge on Aug. 5, 2017. But bullying laws that safeguard West Virginia children do not apply to adults. Two ...

Making voting easier in West Virginia

We hear a lot about public officials engaging in “voter suppression” — that is, making it more difficult for some people to cast ballots. Not in West Virginia. Here, a project by Secretary of State Mac Warner has made a big difference — in making it easier for many people to ...

Have a peachy time in Weirton

Homemade peach treats, but with some other savory fare thrown in, will be on the menu for Saturday’s 56th-annual St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Peach Festival. Tri-State Area residents wanting a favorite taste of summer can enjoy peach shortcakes and more goodies from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ...

Annual 5K race is a community tradition

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. In its 23rd year, the Marland Heights 5K Classic is both a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year’s race is set for Friday at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned ...

Keeping our rural residents healthy

Many Americans living in urban or fast-growing suburban areas don’t even think about access to health care. It is just around the corner, figuratively and sometimes literally speaking. West Virginia is different. In most of our rural state, help from a doctor or nurse can mean driving for ...

Make WVDOH pay more realistic

Repairing holes in the West Virginia Division of Highways pay schedule is just as important as filling in potholes, in the long run. Yet, despite being instructed nearly two years ago to do that, the agency has not completed the task. Attracting and keeping qualified, hard-working employees ...