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Editorials

Derby brings lessons, tradition for Scouts

Examples of teamwork and dedication will be on display this weekend at the Fort Steuben Mall when the Two Chiefs District of the Cub Scouts holds it annual Pinewood Derby. The derby is a tradition that goes back nearly 70 years. Some people might think it nothing more than an attempt to show ...

Hard decisions ahead for Brooke Schools

Brooke County Schools are facing another crisis in their operations. This time, a “miscalculation” on the operating levy approved by voters last year has resulted in a $3.2 million shortfall for the county school district. The levy itself, on the books for more than 40 years and always ...

Revamping the social studies curriculum

Let us hope the social studies curriculum does not become the third rail of education reform in West Virginia. There are clear needs for improvement. It would not be surprising if state school officials decide to back away from changes in requirements for high school social studies classes. ...

Old threat with new face emerges

For decades, two of the major obstacles in the way of saving lives by reducing tobacco consumption were that many people began smoking before the health risks were well known — and that tobacco is a perfectly legal product. But we have known for many years that nicotine is harmful. And ...

Ensure voting system is secure

Use of a mobile phone “app” to allow disabled West Virginians to vote without going to polling places sounds like a great idea. But, given the publicity over attempts by foreign countries to “hack” electronic voting systems in the United States, a cautious approach to the plan is ...

Local activities bring optimism

If you are still not convinced that there are plenty of positive things happening across our region, you need to take a look at several events planned for today. The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Across the river in Toronto, ...

Providing the best in local healthcare

The term “cut-throat competition” might have been invented to describe the health care industry. Within it, vying aggressively for customers is a fact of life. It is a pleasure, then, to be reminded that when cooperation really counts to save lives, some health care providers are eager to ...

Staying informed, involved as voters

Convincing younger Americans to become engaged in public affairs is among the biggest challenges facing us as a nation. West Virginia seems to be a pacesetter in that regard. Secretary of State Mac Warner, West Virginia’s chief election officer, has announced 24 high schools are receiving ...

Listen to the people when deciding road project

Too often, West Virginia Division of Highways officials considering road improvements have to settle for projects that are less than ideal, because funding is limited. That is not the case regarding planned improvements to state Route 2 in New Cumberland. For decades, motorists negotiating ...

Few options left for Weirton pool

For generations, the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool was a focal point of local recreation, providing a place of daily activity, communion and community over almost eight decades of public use. It has been several years since the pool was closed by the Weirton Board of Parks and ...

Stop bleeding through PEIA

Ted Cheatham, who is executive director of West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency, knows the route to the state Capitol well. He has traveled it many times, often with hat in hand. It will not be long before he repeats the performance, Cheatham informed members of the House of ...

Challenges remain for Eastern Gateway

The board of trustees at Eastern Gateway Community College took a good first step toward clarifying some of the issues surrounding the school Wednesday when it unanimously voted to terminate the contract of Jimmie Bruce. The decision to end Bruce’s four-and-a-half-year tenure as president ...

Speak out on our internet needs

For the last several years, politicians, businesses and everyday citizens have decried the lack of reliable internet access in portions of our area, and much of West Virginia. In a day when digital technology is necessary for many of us, not having a hig-speed internet connection can be ...

Expanding voting opportunities

Good for state senators for acting quickly on a bill that fills a need for a substantial number of West Virginians. It is SB 94, which passed the Senate by a vote of 33-0 (with one senator absent). SB 94 provides that disabled Mountain State residents who are registered to vote can cast ...

The state’s high court is trimming costs

Mention $32,000 couches, and the five members of the West Virginia Supreme Court are likely to wince. Good. Irresponsible spending — by, it should be noted, some of their predecessors, not them — was allowed for too long on the state’s highest court. But the current justices have been ...

Increase senior service funding

Many senior citizens in West Virginia rely on various organizations, many of them dependent themselves on state funding, for important services. They range from hot meals to help with household tasks and even medical care. Organizations and quasi-government agencies providing the help often ...

Spending curbs vital in West Virginia

State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have ...

West Virginia checking off another ‘box’

There is no magic wand we West Virginians can wave to create a line of companies waiting to bring jobs here. Economic development is complex, with many moving pieces. But little by little during the past few years, state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have been making our state more ...

We would have to respond to hostilities

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do last week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Be cautious, pay attention while on the roads

Thank heaven she will be all right. That is the appropriate and no doubt widely shared reaction to an accident Monday in which a 10-year-old girl was struck by a car after she got off a school bus. Second in some minds will be the question of how this could have happened in our area. It ...