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Editorials

Vote Armstead For High Court

West Virginia voters knew in November 2018 that we needed to get back to the basics on the state Supreme Court. Justices committed to fairness, honesty, frugality and upholding the law and the state constitution were needed. Voters selected Tim Armstead to fill one of the unexpired terms on ...

Leonhardt Best At Agriculture

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Resuming Real Public Meetings

Steubenville City Council members — some of them, anyway — hope to see each other in the flesh for a meeting on June 9. They agreed this week to hold their next regular meeting, scheduled for that date, at the City Building. No one can say whether the plan will come to fruition. With ...

Being Prepared To Open Pools

Getting public swimming pools open for the season does not seem like a priority now. But by late July and August, many area residents will be eager to dive in, providing that can be done safely. Concern over the health risks has kept most local government bodies from making concrete plans ...

Shopping, But With Caution

There was truly wonderful news this week: After being closed for nearly two months, the Ohio Valley Mall reopened on Tuesday — and retailers were pleasantly surprised. Many stores there were busier than had been expected. COVID-19 forced the shutdown of much of the economy in Ohio and ...

Bipartisanship Sometimes Best

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, along with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is ...

City’s Record Not Reassuring

Wheeling officials are moving ahead on a proposal that the city purchase the old Ohio Valley Medical Center property, despite the fact local taxpayers have had little opportunity to think about the idea, much less comment on it. A vote finalizing the purchase could come as early as Tuesday, ...

Register to Vote

It has been a strange, unsettling year, has it not? All the more reason to make your voice heard in the June 9 West Virginia primary election. The need for good leadership is more apparent than it has been for many years. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot cast a ballot in the ...

Reopen Ohio With Caution

Like neighbors in many other states, Ohioans are in the process of “reopening” the state. How well that goes will be up to individuals and families in the Buckeye State. After several weeks during which Gov. Mike DeWine ordered many businesses to close and restricted the sizes of ...

Getting Computers In Students’ Hands

Shadyside Board of Education members last week approved spending more than $273,000 to buy 790 Chromebook computers and licenses, enough for every student and teacher in the district to have one. Students in grades 7-12 will be given Chromebooks. But, as is the case in many school systems, ...

Step Up Fight Against Virus

About 2,500 men and women in Belmont County did not have jobs at the end of March, according to the most recent statistics released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s unemployment rate was the 11th worst in the state. It is painfully obvious that the shutdown ...

Prison Transfers Were a Bad Idea

Protecting one group of people against COVID-19 by endangering another makes no sense. Yet that is precisely what the U.S. Bureau of Prisons was doing. It had been transferring inmates out of some prisons and to others. There are two federal prisons for men in West Virginia, in Gilmer and ...

Keep Day-Care Centers Safe

We can be grateful that the overwhelming majority of children infected by COVID-19 get through it with few or no symptoms. Yet they can carry the coronavirus and spread it to others — though scientists are not certain yet how serious a threat that presents. Clearly, however, the ...

Reopening Parks Good First Move

Local officials have begun to talk about reopening various municipal and county facilities, such as city buildings and county courthouses. A good first step would be reopening parks and other outdoor recreation areas. Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron suggested last Tuesday that this ...

Get Answers On OVMC Plan

Property occupied by the now-closed Ohio Valley Medical Center can be had by the city of Wheeling for virtually nothing, it is argued by proponents of the acquisition. But that is not accurate — not at all. There is much more to the story, and it should be told to local taxpayers before ...

Get Assistance To the Localities

Business shutdowns and curtailments resulting from COVID-19 are hurting local government entities substantially. They are losing significant revenue needed to support municipal and county services. Just this week, city council members in Chester were forced to lay off six municipal employees. ...

Assist Water Upgrade Plan

For the first time in many months, St. Clairsville officials seem nearly united in a plan to ensure city residents and businesses have reliable, affordable water and sewer service in the future. State government should get on the bandwagon. It has been about a year since a proposal to sell ...

Being Realistic About Broadband

Too often, the reports federal officials use to claim they are using taxpayers’ money effectively overstate results. So it is with a report on broadband access to the internet, issued by the Federal Federal Communications Commission. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has written to FCC ...

Close Ohio Budget Gap

Ohioans received very bad news about the state government budget on Tuesday. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, state revenue for the fiscal year to date has been nearly $750 million below what had been expected, Gov. Mike DeWine reported. Kudos to DeWine and legislators, however, for spending ...

Playing It Safe

On Monday, week three of West Virginia’s business reopening campaign will permit drive-in movie theaters and certain “wellness” centers to resume operations. Yes, that’s it. As Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus response coordinator, explained Tuesday, “the aggressiveness ...