Editorials

Blass has done it the right way

For many sports fans in our area, the image is as fresh as it was on Oct. 17, 1971 — pitcher Steve Blass leaping into the arms of first baseman Bob Robertson. It was a moment of pure joy and celebration that came in the seconds after the Pittsburgh Pirates had defeated the Baltimore Orioles ...

Use common sense in the cold weather

The relatively warm winter has suddenly been replaced with the reality of the season. Lighter jackets were the norm during December. Heavy parkas and layers of clothing will be needed come Sunday and Monday, when the low temperature will dip near zero. Doctors say keeping warm in the bitter ...

Independent investigation of Brooke Schools needed

It is unacceptable for a public official to attempt to intimidate a critic of government at any level, including a local school system. That’s why members of the Brooke County Board of Education need to get to the bottom of a complaint that such an attempt was made. Accomplishing that to ...

Update medicinal marijuana rules

Two marijuana issues are on the agenda for West Virginia legislators this winter. One — whether to legalize the drug for recreational use — is and should be controversial. The other, regarding use of the plant’s active ingredient for medicinal purposes, is not open to reasonable ...

McKinley is correct, compromise is vital

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, who represents our area of West Virginia in Congress, is absolutely right: “Enough is enough” in regard to the so-called “government shutdown.” Some agencies of government have been idled, or nearly so, since Dec. 22. That is a record for a standoff between ...

Avoid wishful thinking on budget

One of the primary responsibilities of governors and legislators in West Virginia is to avoid a return to the bad old days of unbalanced budgets. To that end, Gov. Jim Justice’s spending proposals require realistic scrutiny. For several years, before the Justice administration, revenue ...

Helping youngest victims in West Virginia

Throughout West Virginia, including here in the Northern Panhandle, some teachers were seen Wednesday morning outside their schools, holding signs and demonstrating in favor of changes they hope the state Legislature will make. They are absolutely right in pointing out one desperate need in ...

Givens lived to serve others

Roy Givens worked hard to improve the lives of residents of Brooke County and the Northern Panhandle. From serving as an elected official through his efforts on many other fronts, Givens, who died Jan. 3 at the age of 89, always followed a simple philosophy of putting the interests of others ...

Evaluate state math initiative soon

Give West Virginia Department of Education officials credit for coming up with a catchy name for their initiative to improve Mountain State students’ achievement in mathematics. They call it math4life. But will it accomplish what needs to happen in our schools? Last fall, results of the ...

Privatization may be best option

Only 48 of the 98 beds at the Hopemont State Hospital in Terra Alta, W.Va., are occupied — yet there are 50 people on the waiting list to be admitted. How can that be? Because the hospital, which specializes in long-term care for geriatric patients, is run by the government, that’s ...

Keeping an eye on our state’s courts

Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court merit high praise for their reaction to the scandal that removed three of the five justices last year. As Chief Justice Elizabeth Walker told legislators this week, new safeguards against waste and corruption have been established. Unfortunately, no ...

Make fiscal future part of address

On Monday, just two days before delivering tonight’s State of the State speech, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will run for re-election in 2020. “The further I go, the more I believe just this: I believe there’s work still to be done,” Justice explained on Monday. He is ...

Veterans courts will be good for state

Veterans of military service enjoy an enormous level of support from the public in West Virginia. During the upcoming session of the state Legislature, they should benefit from concrete political clout, too. House of Delegates member Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has been named chairman of his ...

Get answers on RISE’s failure

Christmas was good in the Greenbrier County home of Grace Duncan and John Harris and their family. They should not have had to wait that long for their big day. On Dec. 22, amid much fanfare, the family received the keys to their new home from Gov. Jim Justice. The home was constructed through ...

An eventful week for football fans

It’s been an eventful week for football fans from around the Tri-State Area. On the collegiate level, Urban Meyer said farewell as head coach at Ohio State with a 28-23 win over Washington in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl. He leaves a mixed legacy. Certainly, no one can question his credentials ...

Go slow on West Virginia budget

In a few days, West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice will get an idea of how happy the new year will be for them. It will come in the form of the state government revenue report for December. That will mark the halfway point for the fiscal year, which has been decidedly mixed in ...

EGCC shows its mission in action

Eastern Gateway Community College has once again shown it is willing to step forward when a need arises. EGCC, with its main facilities in Steubenville, also has a campus in Youngstown, where a substantial number of people have started to look for new jobs as a result of General Motors’ ...

Settle governor’s residency issue

Will the third time be the charm for West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle? More important, will the state’s judiciary finally settle the question of where our governor is required to reside? Gov. Jim Justice makes no secret of the fact that he continues to reside where he ...

Get a healthy start to the new year

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2019. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Looking toward the new year

Today is the first day of 2019, and if the new year is anything like 2018, residents around the Tri-State Area can expect to see some exciting developments. As with the start of any new year, there’s a sense of hope, a feeling of optimism and the thought that things will be a little ...