Editorials

Increase funding for agriculture

At a time when Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators are considering budget increases running into eight figures for some line items, state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt’s request amounts to chicken feed. He just wants a few more dollars in state funding so his agency can ...

Program teaches the importance of reading

Weirton Elementary School continues to emphasize the importance of reading, both to its pupils and to the community. Monday saw the launch of this year’s reading program, now called “Read to Me Weirton,” with the announcement of “Charlotte’s Web” as this year’s book. Literacy ...

Congratulations champs

The calendar has rolled into February, and that means the seasons are winding down for area high school athletes. Already, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has crowned its champions in swimming and wrestling. The bi-state conference will decide its girls basketball champions Saturday, and ...

Intelligence more important than promises

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Avoid second school shutdown

Members of West Virginia’s three big unions for public school teachers and service personnel will be asked this week to authorize another strike — and that, semantics and legal technicalities aside, is the word for it. Another lengthy work stoppage like the one that shuttered nearly all ...

Press briefings are necessary

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

The excitement of Super Bowl Sunday

We wake up this morning with the comfort of knowing the end of winter is approaching and the arrival of spring is not that far away. This we are sure of, not because the cadre of groundhogs and woodchucks across the country, led by the most famous and accurate prognosticator of them all, ...

Celebrating our Catholic Schools

The annual recognition of Catholic Schools Week comes to an end today. Based around the theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” the week featured activities, posters, contests, opportunities to help others and liturgies for Catholic school children across our region. It ...

Ready to race

Consider the Pinewood Derby vehicle. It might appear to be nothing more than a simple block of carved wood, designed solely to participate in races for unpowered and unmanned miniature race cars. If you take a closer look, though, you’ll likely find that the creations designed and built ...

Taking pride in the progress of the Ohio Valley

Take a look at any part of our Tri-State Area and you will find it nearly impossible not to see growth, expansion and reason for optimism. Not too far to our north, you’ll find that work is continuing on the $8 billion-plus ethane cracker being built by Royal Dutch Shell in Monaca, Pa. Not ...

Tailgate with the Weirton United Way

This Saturday will see the return of what has become one of the Weirton United Way’s largest fundraisers of the year. Hundreds will be gathering at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown for the eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate event, donning their favorite football jerseys, eating a ...

Curb Medicaid fraud in West Virginia

It ought to tell West Virginia legislators something that officials of the U.S. Social Security Administration view state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office as a valuable partner in cracking down on fraud. How valuable? Last year, Morrisey’s office was key in spotting enough fraud ...

Finding the money to save our children

Just five years ago, only about 3,000 children in West Virginia were being cared for by the state because parents could not or would not keep them safe. The number has skyrocketed to about 6,700. Tens of thousands of other children are still living in homes that are dangerous — emotionally ...

Sports betting tax too low?

Last year, West Virginia legislators made a multi-million-dollar wager. They bet gambling interests would not be inclined to offer sports betting in states with high tax rates on the business. They lost. Lawmakers were told last week that it is too early to say with certainty how much state ...

Make probe results public

Behavior such as what the West Virginia Department of Education says former Brooke County school Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute engaged in is outrageously unacceptable, unpardonable and probably illegal. State officials need to get to the bottom of the matter immediately and publicly. Shute ...

A need to cross the political lines

Cracks have appeared in the wall Democrat Party leaders have erected against any compromise that could end the partial shutdown of federal government. It should come as no surprise that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is a leader in trying to restore rationality to the process. During the ...

Restore special veterans court

State legislators ought to make it plain that West Virginians consider the debt we owe to veterans of military service a greater priority than ensuring justice of our Supreme Court have fancy offices. State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has introduced a bill to establish a Military Service ...

Voting bill needs more thought

In the near future, it may be possible for people to vote in municipal elections even if they don’t live in a particular city — at least if a few members of the West Virginia’s Legislature get their way. A bill circulating through the West Virginia House of Delegates, dubbed House Bill ...

Keep corrections centers in repair

There are lots and lots of ways to spend taxpayers’ money, West Virginia legislators are learning as they get their annual 60-day regular session moving. Unfortunately, making up for money not spent in the past has to be viewed as a priority. State Division of Corrections Commissioner Betsy ...

Keeping West Virginia public in the dark

If West Virginians learned one thing last year, it is that there is a lot our government does not tell us. From spending our tax dollars for lavish remodeling of Supreme Court offices — remember the $32,000 couch? — to keeping it quiet that victims of 2016 floods were not being helped ...