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Editorials

Filling School Board Vacancy

In little more than a month, someone will be elected to fill the Ohio County Board of Education seat that, until a few days ago, had been filled by Zach Abraham. He had not filed for re-election, choosing instead to seek nomination to a post on the Ohio County Commission. Though his term ...

Ensure Health Care Is Strong

An idea of how much damage COVID-19 has done to the health care network was gained this week, when WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright reported the hospital system has lost $75 million during the past month and a half. WVU Medicine includes about a dozen hospitals and manages ...

Be Careful On OVMC Proposal

It appears Wheeling taxpayers are about to become owners of a hospital complex. Let us hope it does not become an expensive headache. During a meeting scheduled for noon today, Wheeling City Council members are to vote on a measure that would authorize purchase of most of the former Ohio ...

Avoid Comeback

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right that his initial order that customers in stores reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown would have to wear face masks “went too far.” DeWine was wise to rescind the mandate — but to leave the matter up to individual store owners and managers. Those ...

County Water Idea Appealing

A plan being considered by St. Clairsville officials to resolve longstanding water system challenges sounds promising. Unless significant drawbacks are identified, it should be pursued — and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency should go along. Expensive repairs and upgrades to the ...

Offenders Knew Junket Was Wrong

Would that government officials were as conscientious about ethics as they seem to be inventive about trying to skirt the rules. Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer’s office reported last week that about 40 state employees and some legislators accepted a free charter boat fishing trip ...

Making Our Own Decisions

If history, including last week, is any guide, critical decisions regarding our futures as West Virginians may be made in a few weeks by as little as one-fifth of the state’s electorate. There still is time to avoid that. Our primary election had been scheduled for May 12. Concern over ...

Make Fraudulent Callers a Priority

A friend in his 80s called the other day, asking that we caution local residents once more against a threat not as deadly as COVID-19 — but certainly devastating to victims. He had received a call from someone identifying himself as a grandson who had been in an accident and was in jail, ...

Expand ‘Mi-Fi’ Internet Access

For years we have been hearing that expanded access to the internet is a critical problem. Thousands of families in our area now have very personal understandings of that. When schools throughout the Ohio Valley were closed because of COVID-19, many educators turned to the internet as a way ...

Get Casinos, LVL Outlets Reopened

Getting legalized gambling back up and running in West Virginia may not seem a high priority as we prepare to “reopen” our state. It should be. Gov. Jim Justice’s order a few weeks ago to close casinos and limited video lottery outlets — the bars, stores, etc., with electronic slot ...

Success Is Up To the Public

There will be no getting back to normal in either West Virginia or Ohio for the foreseeable future. Plans to “reopen” both our states envision nothing like the worlds we began leaving just two months ago. On Monday, both W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released plans to ...

Voters Supportive If Results Show

Our longstanding contention that voters insist on seeing results from the taxes they pay — and support local entities providing them — was proven again on Tuesday. According to unofficial election returns, Belmont County voters resoundingly approved renewal of a property tax levy that ...

Getting Back To Business

Some businesses in Ohio will be able to reopen next Monday, if Gov. Mike DeWine proceeds with his plan to reduce curbs put in place to battle the COVID-19 epidemic. The question here, though, is whether we are ready to move back toward normal lives. Belmont County has become East Ohio’s ...

W.Va. Has Edge In COVID-19 Tests

One reason West Virginians can have more confidence about COVID-19 than our neighbors in many other states is that testing for the disease has been remarkably high here. While talk at the national level is of finding ways to get 2% of Americans tested for the disease, our state passed that ...

Testing Order May Save Lives

News that employees at two long-term care facilities in our area have tested positive for COVID-19 came as a shock to some.But — at least for now — the news is good, in a way. Why? Because the positive tests were of staff members, not elderly residents of the facilities. One employee at ...

There’s No ‘Get Out of Jail’ Pass

Many law enforcement officials, including judges, have been doing what they can — consistent with public safety — to reduce jail and prison populations. Given what we have seen of COVID-19, that is wise. Belmont County Western Division Judge Eric Costine said he released eight people ...

Veterans’ Deaths Still Unresolved

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin-D-W.Va., has said he was told in July 2018 that an investigation had begun into suspicious deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Louis A. Johnson Medical Center in Clarksburg. That was nearly two years ago. To our knowledge, despite the fact Manchin was told ...

Keep Swimming Pool Plans Fluid

It is highly unlikely that public swimming pools will open for this season on their normal schedules, on or around Memorial Day. Like so many other of the joys of life we took for granted, the pools may be victims of the COVID-19 epidemic. Some local officials already have discussed not ...

‘Reopening’ In Jefferson

Jefferson County Board of Health members have begun talking about how the process of easing COVID-19-related limits on people and businesses will work. For now, at least, their ideas appear to be about right. Elsewhere in the United States, there has been far too much extremism. By that we ...

Weirton Officials Correct to Delay

Normally, summer is pothole patching and repaving time in our area. Not this year in Weirton. Members of Weirton City Council agreed last week to alter their annual paving program. In the past, they have set aside funds for the work, then approved contracts in July, so projects could be ...