Editorials

State should get its money back

Ohio education officials say they have “other options” for recovering the $80 million owed to the state by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, now that the online charter school has shut down. For months, the state Department of Education had been deducting money from state funding for ...

Reform increases cracker prospect

Many area residents have had their fingers crossed for so many months that we wonder whether there is a possibility of permanent damage to their hands. Just kidding, but you probably know where we’re headed: the ethane cracker plant. Prospects for PTT Global Chemical to build the plant in ...

Infrastructure plan could be great help

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Black History Month offers chance to learn

Black History Month 2018 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “African Americans in Times of War” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African-American Life ...

Lessons that can last a lifetime

If you are looking for examples of teamwork and dedication, you will find them on display today at the Fort Steuben Mall, when the Two Chiefs District of the Boy Scouts of America holds its annual Pinewood Derby. It’s a tradition that can be traced to 1953, and in the 65 years that have ...

Common sense goes a long way

Much of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

There’s progress around our area

You can count Evan Scurti, Ed Looman and Pat Ford as being among the most optimistic people in our region. There’s good reason for that. The three direct the economic development agencies — the Jefferson County Port Authority, the Appalachian Project for Economic Growth and the Business ...

Program helps build leaders

Ten area businessmen and women have stepped into the spotlight of leadership this week with the beginning of the latest class of Leadership Weirton. This is the 26th year of the program, organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, and we applaud these individuals for making the ...

Students looking for fresh ideas

The Upper Ohio Valley is changing. Gone are the major manufacturers employing thousands. We are looking at smaller operations and more home-grown businesses as part of a new look and feel for our region. As we look for that new identity, there have been numerous efforts to formulate plans ...

Ohio, W.Va. should be thinking ahead

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare ...