Editorials

How much red tape?

One suspects West Virginia legislators looking into delays in helping victims of 2016 floods in many counties knew one of the answers to their questions before they were even asked. Why, more than six months after federal officials approved nearly $150 million for flood victims, had the state ...

Russia not the only cyber enemy

West Virginians are fortunate that our secretary of state, Mac Warner, is a nationally recognized leader in keeping the voting process secure from tampering. But Warner and his fellow chief election officers from other states, gathered during the weekend for a meeting in Philadelphia, are well ...

The summer music tradition continues

There are few major events that can boast of having been around for more than 40 years. One of those is being renewed for the 42nd time this week, not too far from here in Morristown. It's Jamboree in the Hills, and this year's outdoor country music festival, which will feature ...

Valley needs representation

Major changes in West Virginia’s network of four-year public colleges and universities may be on the horizon. What they may be will depend largely on recommendations by a group established by Gov. Jim Justice. Earlier this month, Justice appointed 12 people to his Blue Ribbon Commission ...

Listen, then make a decision

Reading tea leaves is a sport in Washington that surfaces every time a justice nominee is picked for the Supreme Court. The sport of setting fire to the tea leaves is something on display heavily during the Trump administration, but not unheard of, even in recent history. One needs only to ...

Manchin should support nominee

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be a key figure in the battle over whether the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let us hope Manchin breaks with those in his party who see the decision as a political one. On Monday, Trump introduced ...

Opioid action finally taken

For many years, drug companies pumped opioid pain pills into West Virginia at an incredible rate. To cite just one of several horror stories, during a decade-long period, 20.8 million of the pills were sent to two pharmacies in Williamson, which has a population of only about 2,900 people. No ...

New bridge will be a shot in the arm

Our region received another shot in the arm Tuesday when ground was broken in Wellsburg for the new Ohio River bridge. When construction on the structure is completed in 2021, the span will connect the southern ends of Brooke and Jefferson counties and help to open the surrounding areas on ...

It’s all Greek in Weirton

Members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church have shared their faith, heritage and traditions with the rest of the Weirton community, as well as residents throughout the Tri-State Area, through their annual festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, ...

Stay safe while on the water

With the past heat wave, many area residents took to the water on a boat to cool off and relax. But that relaxing day can turn tragic if the principles of safe boating aren't remembered. In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents involving 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and $46 ...

Still much to discuss

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump's national security responsibilities give him the power to limit ...

Those who do evil should be punished

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Helping to battle NAS in West Virginia

One in 20 babies born in West Virginia comes into the world addicted to illicit drugs, primarily opioids. For those who understand the problem, neonatal abstinence syndrome, recognizing the level it has reached in our state is heartbreaking. NAS babies are addicted to drugs, because their ...

New rules good for our children

Beginning with this past school year, West Virginia public schools required new students entering pre-K or kindergarten, and students entering 2nd and 7th grades to show proof they have had dental examinations and HealthCheck/comprehensive health examinations before entering school. This is in ...

County fair season is upon us

County fair season has arrived. It's the time of year when fairgrounds around the region come alive with the smells of elephant ears and cotton candy. It's a chance for area young people to show off their barnyard animals and to recognize our region's farming heritage, artisanship, craftiness ...

Spirit of 1776 is alive

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than the men who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate today. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for ...

Bureaucrats have something to learn

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Go see some local fireworks

We ask everyone to take a moment during the next couple of days and remember that there are few nations in the world where citizens are able to gather to celebrate the freedoms residents of the United States of America too often taken for granted. It's an important thought as our nation ...

Steel still vital for area

The purchase of the Mingo Junction steel mill best known as Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel by JSW, a leading Indian steelmaker, is good news. The firm is looking to establish a foothold in the United States as a potential 4 million ton-a-year steelmaker with operations in Texas and Mingo ...

Surpluses will not continue

Jason Haught, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s chief financial officer, had good advice for all of us in the Mountain State last week. It came during a PEIA Finance Board meeting at which it was reported the agency, which provides health insurance for as many as 200,000 ...