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Editorials

Being Ready To Start School

No one can say precisely what schools, public and private, will be like when they open for the fall semester. For that matter, predicting when individual school systems will reopen is a guessing game. But we do know some things will be the same as at the beginning of any new academic year. ...

Keep Children Safe From Evil

Many local parents try their best to keep an eye on their children’s online activities. Failure to do so can have terrible consequences, as a situation just down the river in Washington County, Ohio, reminds us. There, a 23-year-old man allegedly communicated with a child via Instagram, ...

Finding a Way To Hold Hearing

Wheeling Planning Commission members acted prudently — the currently popular phrase is “out of an abundance of caution” — in canceling the public hearing they had scheduled for Monday. At some point, however, delays in letting the public learn about and have its say regarding the ...

Punishing Those Who Aided Strauss

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

McKinley Query Is Illuminating

Political realities, not science, too frequently guide government’s response to challenges such as the COVID-19 epidemic. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is playing a key role in reminding us of that. McKinley’s effort was spotlighted in a commentary on the epidemic, published July 1 ...

Deter Corruption By Public Officials

It has gotten so that it is difficult to keep track of all the players in East Ohio local government corruption without a scorecard. There have been numerous cases during the past several years. Now, former Bridgeport Mayor David Smith has pleaded guilty to charges related to his theft of ...

Re-examining Police Policies

Steubenville police and residents were lucky, in a way, more than 20 years ago when complaints about the municipal police department resulted in a U.S. Justice Department review. In turn, that was followed by a 2005 consent decree in which city officials agreed to establish and enforce new ...

Avoid Increase In Suicide Rates

As surges in COVID-19 numbers prompt many to again follow social distancing and isolation guidance that was in place for most of the spring, mental health experts are warning about the effects of that kind of isolation — and the hopelessness that comes from the accompanying economic ...

Move Quickly At OVMC Site

Wheeling officials are to be commended for their get-in-and-get-out philosophy regarding the Ohio Valley Medical Center property, most of which is now owned by the city. Municipal ownership of the property has two components, as we have reported. First, plans are to convert the Valley ...

Monitor Finances At Local Agencies

Officials at the Belmont County Transportation Improvement District officials are saying little about the indictment of a former employee. Clearly, however, someone at the BCTID smelled a rat last year. State Auditor Keith Faber’s office revealed this week that Cory Clark, who was fired ...

Stage Comeback Against Disease

Underdogs seem to hold a special place in the hearts of many West Virginians. We love it when, against the odds, they stage comebacks to prevail against powerful foes. But there is one comeback we didn’t want to witness — COVID-19. The disease seems to be roaring back after a period of ...

NAACP Chapter Is a Timely Idea

For many years, Belmont County had a chapter of the NAACP, which may be the stellar organization defending the rights of minorities. About seven years ago, membership in the local unit had dwindled to the point it had to be closed. Now, St. Clairsville resident Bill Brooks wants to revive ...

Tracking Down CARES Crooks

At least Alecto returned the cash, or planned to do so. What about the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of CARES Act recipients who took the money and ran? In April, Alecto received a reported $3.5 million through the federal CARES Act, part of the funding for which was intended to ...

Honor Heroes Of Civil Rights

Civil rights demonstrators this summer have engaged in a new round of tearing down statues of people they see as champions of bigotry. Why not replace them with statues of the heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement? Late last year, people in Montgomery, Alabama erected a statue of ...

Trying to Become Better Americans

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Celebrating, Questioning

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a ...

Rediscovering West Virginia

Many Mountain State residents have cut back on or even canceled vacation plans for the summer. But with the Independence Day holiday weekend upon us, we suspect some are thinking a recreational trip would be just the thing. Good. A day trip or even a weekend away from home need not break ...

Take Some Time To Read to Kids

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

Avoid Budget Cuts in Schools

With fiscal 2020 now history, the task of keeping budgets balanced during the year that began Wednesday begins for local and state government officials. Damage to the economy from COVID-19 — some of it possibly permanent — will make that difficult. At one point, Ohio officials were ...

Prison Appropriate In College Scheme

It may be some time before the college entrance cheating scandal is resolved. More than four dozen have been charged. One high-profile case should be dealt with during the next several weeks. It involves television star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. ...