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Editorials

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 ...

Remember the lessons of our freedoms

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask the last three men who have served as our president — Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. And, while your perception of whoever the ...

Working to stay heart healthy

This month is American Heart Month, and we’re reminding Ohio Valley residents to be heart-smart not only this month, but all year long. Unfortunately, the Tri-State Area continues to lead many parts of the country in illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, and heart disease ranks at the top, ...

Legislators should approve ‘born alive’ measure

One argument made frequently regarding proposals for legislation has always puzzled us. It is that certain bills should be rejected because they allegedly duplicate statutes already on the books. Some critics of a measure in the West Virginia State Senate, the “born alive” bill, resorted ...

WVU Medicine a true asset for the state

Among aces-in-the-hole we West Virginians possess in terms of both economic development and quality of life is West Virginia University Medicine, which includes numerous health care programs. Just last week, the WVU Heart and Vascular Insititute revealed a fully robotic aortic valve replacement ...

Enjoying the journey of reading

A literary journey over the last few weeks will come to an end, Friday, at Weirton Elementary, and we hope it has been an enjoyable experience for the youth, faculty and families who have taken part. This year’s Read With Me Weirton program kicked off at the school Jan. 31, with the more ...

Rebuild West Virginia’s public schools

It is unfortunate that West Virginia state school Superintendent Steve Paine is retiring under the circumstances he outlined in a surprise announcement last week. Paine explained he is leaving because “a member of my family is facing a health crisis and I want to be fully present for my ...

Saving our state’s smaller hospitals

It is difficult to conceive of what state government can do to help embattled small hospitals in West Virginia. Most of the challenges facing them, including unrealistic reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, cannot be addressed in Charleston. Still, Gov. Jim Justice’s intention to form ...

The surest sign spring is on its way

Forget what anyone has told you. Forget that Punxsutawney Phil last Sunday predicted we would have an early spring. Pay no attention to the caterpillars or the information contained on the pages of any almanac. The surest sign that spring is nearly upon us happens this week when pitchers and ...

Revenue concern is understandable

Earlier this week, we warned that a proposal by some West Virginia legislators to reduce, then eliminate a tax paid by many manufacturers would run into a buzz saw if it lacks safeguards for local government entities. On Monday, the point was reinforced by local officials in ...

Catching the mistake before it is too late

Officials in Brooke County discovered another issue with a levy in recent days. This time, at least, the mistake was caught before it went before the voters. During their meeting Tuesday, county commissioners announced there had been a miscalculation made while establishing rates for a ...

Making children the top priority

Children are the top priority in the minds of many West Virginians. Some legislators wonder whether they are a high enough priority in state government, however. During a press conference Monday in Charleston, a bipartisan group of lawmakers suggested state government needs to do more to ...