Editorials

ECOT crackdown long time coming

There should be no such thing as “too big to fail” when it comes to educating our children. Yet that seems to be the only argument left to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio. ECOT officials say that without some financial relief, they will have to shut down within days, perhaps ...

Be patient on area roadways

Motorists had a rude awakening to driving in ice and snow during the past couple of weeks. After two relatively mild winters, drivers had to remember some basic winter driving skills. And there are still at least five more weeks of winter. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported driving ...

Blood donation can help many

Area residents will have an opportunity to perform a simple and selfless act on Monday, and all in the name of one Ohio Valley volunteer who was known at blood drives for her smile and a sweet treat. This year’s Media Day Blood Drive is scheduled Monday at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The ...

BDC dealing with ‘legacy’ concerns

The Business Development Corp., it recently was reported, was fined $75,000 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection because of some remaining contamination at the Beech Bottom Industrial Park. The BDC has owned the site — previously the home of Wheeling Corrugating — ...

There’s still time to fight the flu

Like it or not, the flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most regions of the United States, including our Tri-State Area, are reporting widespread activity. There’s good news however — indications are that the season might already have peaked, ...

It’s time to replace Affordable Care Act

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Ohio’s hemlocks must be protected

Among the most majestic trees in Eastern forests is the hemlock. Isolated stands of them more than half a millennium old still can be found. But they are at risk from an invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. Now, the tiny bug has been found in three new Ohio counties, Athens, Geauga ...

Fiscal discipline needed in W.Va.

W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech Wednesday night was short on specific proposals. He requested just a handful of bills. But Justice’s presentation was long on optimism about West Virginia’s future, and not without reason. This is the first January in some years that ...

King remembered today

Today, Americans of all races and religions mark the observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We think there can be no better way to remember his legacy than by offering the text of the speech he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, ...

Michael Donnelly was a real hero

The word “hero” has a few connotations. Before Sept. 11, 2001, sports figures often were lauded as heroes for what they did on the field. As such, when someone from your hometown earns a World Series ring after decades in Major League Baseball, he could qualify as a hero to many. ...