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Editorials

Bring the bobwhite back to West Virginia

Bobwhite quails reportedly have been gone from West Virginia since the 1970s. Harsh weather and loss of habitat killed them off. But in recent weeks, 48 of the birds captured in Texas were released at a wildlife management area in Logan County. Officials have a five-year plan to restore a ...

Change your clocks, change your batteries

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

Don’t cut local control on tourism projects

Both chambers of the Legislature have approved a bill that, if enacted, could vest state officials with the power to make important decisions that should be left up to local officials. Senate Bill 657 gives the state Development Office the authority to overrule local officials regarding ...

Curb DMV power over licenses

Here in America, we cannot be punished for crimes unless we are found guilty of them in a court of law. Someone forgot to tell the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. The DMV can suspend or revoke your driver’s license merely because you have been charged with DUI, even if you have ...

Celebrating women throughout our history

Exhibits that are displayed at Historic Fort Steuben during the course of the year provide residents from across the Tri-State Area with the chance to learn a little bit more about our region’s, and our nation’s, history. Such is the case this month, when the fort is hosting a couple of ...

Keeping us in the dark on disease

For now, it appears there is no reason for immediate concern about COVID-19 among area residents. But what if there were? Would the government alert us? Perhaps not. COVID-19, sometimes referred to by the generic name “coronavirus,” threatens to become a global public health crisis. ...

Trim spending, while funding waivers

Give Gov. Jim Justice credit for bowing to reality and proposing a state budget more than $100 million smaller than that for the current year. But give state Senate Finance Committee members even more plaudits for cutting even deeper. Revenue below what had been expected already has forced ...

Continue to support your United Way

Dollars that you give to your local United Way help your friends and neighbors in many different ways. That’s important to remember as the annual fundraising campaigns conducted by the organizations that serve our region begin to wind down and the pressure to reach their goals begins to ...

What caused the ‘cash flow’ issue?

Weirton officials announced this week there is a “cash flow” issue when it comes to the operations of the municipality. While no exact details were provided during an emergency meeting of the city’s Finance Committee Monday night, anytime a budgetary problem arises, it needs to be a ...

Health care measure needs approved

West Virginia state senators have approved a bill, SB 284, intended to ensure health insurance companies in the state do not limit enrollment by people with pre-existing conditions. But the measure was advanced on a party-line vote, with all 20 Republican senators in favor and all 14 ...

We are all responsible for school bus safety

The Hancock County Board of Education, this week, said it will begin looking into whether it is feasible, or necessary, to have seat belts installed on the county’s school buses. This comes after receiving a letter expressing concern for the safety of students, and a recent series of ...

Keeping dog racing jobs

Common sense prevailed in Charleston last week, as state legislators who spend much of their time debating how to bring new jobs to West Virginia realized it would be crazy for them to hand out pink slips to men and women already employed. For weeks, it had appeared a bill that would have ...

Don’t let the calendar enable corruption

Reports on corrupt public officials are a regular part of life in West Virginia. Why on earth would we want to give them any breaks? We do, though. One effective watchdog against corruption is the state Ethics Commission. It has substantial power to investigate complaints against public ...

Transparency is the responsible policy

Last week, Roman Catholic Bishop Mark Brennan and other officials of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston did something unprecedented. They released a detailed report on diocesan finances. Brennan said it was the first time such action had been taken. As most of us know from our own personal ...

Help control the pet population

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Relying on new technology is risky

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Federal college aid system needs reworking

Children taken from their homes because drug-addled parents either cannot care for them or are threats to their safety face plenty of challenges. Being told they cannot receive state or federal help to go to college should not be one of them. West Virginia legislators were told a few days ago ...

At least save a new generation from tobacco

We have known for decades that tobacco use can lead to all sorts of health risks, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease. Yet more than one-fourth of adult West Virginians still smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is the highest percentage in the ...

Still time to support Weirton United Way

The support for our community provided through the efforts of the Weirton United Way is immeasurable in many ways. We can easily see the dollar amount raised each year through the charitable organization’s campaign, but the impact of those dollars is not as easily discerned. The funding ...

Further limiting access to information

Perhaps you have heard of the “death by a thousand cuts” torture. How about secrecy in government by a thousand acts of the West Virginia Legislature? Earlier this month we warned of a bill in the House of Delegates that was intended to alter requirements for newspaper publication of ...