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Opinion

Provide Nursing Home Safeguards

Editorials

Since not long after the COVID-19 epidemic began in the United States, we have been urging that protecting nursing home residents needs to be the overriding priority of local, state and federal officials. Yet the disease continues to invade long-term care facilities and kill vulnerable older ...

Report Situations In School Districts

Editorials

It is true, as state officials have pointed out, that county officials in West Virginia seem to be doing a good job of keeping the public posted on how COVID-19 is affecting public schools. Good for them. But except for press reports of particularly severe outbreaks, Mountain State ...

Where’s Your Mask?

Editorials

Wearing a face mask when among other people is the single most effective method of limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are told. Yet we hear complaints continually from people who spot public officials failing to heed that advice — and putting others at risk. Come on, ladies and ...

Forcing Officials to Pay For Cover-Ups — Or Not

Local Columns

Someone should pay for what Ohio State University did to alumnus Steve Snyder-Hill, who has said he was one of the victims of the late Dr. Richard Strauss many years ago. While serving as a physician for some OSU athletic teams, Strauss allegedly abused hundreds of male students ...

Keep Schools, Politics Separate

Editorials

Making it appear that a public school system supports a political candidate or cause is not acceptable for various reasons. Apparently, Ohio County Schools officials need to hold an in-service session to get that through to some employees. School employees are free on their own time to ...

School Closure Was Right Course

Editorials

There are advantages in small schools where everyone knows everyone else. Dealing with an epidemic is not one of them. Students at the school in Beallsville, which houses grades K-12, will not be in class for as long as two weeks. A case of COVID-19 was identified in the building. Some ...

Demolition Is Long Overdue

Editorials

An old school building in Belmont has been a challenge for local officials for years. It is time for state officials to cure the headache. When village officials took over the 1915-vintage school building several years ago, they had high hopes it could continue to serve the public. But the ...

Opening Senior Centers Cautiously

Editorials

Belmont County’s 10 senior citizens’ centers are to be reopened, Senior Services Director Dwayne Pielech told county commissioners a few days ago. Not all the centers will reopen at once, Pielech emphasized. Rigorous procedures will be followed to keep those using the centers safe, he ...

Saving Cash For Use Later

Editorials

It appears Wheeling’s municipal budget is doing well, despite loss of some revenue that had been built into the spending plan. Like local and state governments throughout the country, Wheeling has suffered from the economic slowdown linked to the COVID-19 epidemic. Wheeling has received ...

Volunteering At Soup Kitchen

Editorials

Perhaps the most important lifeline available to Wheeling residents — both those here permanently and others just passing through — is the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling. Executive Director Becky Shilling-Rodocker notes the organization’s mission is simple: “feeding the ...

It’s the Place Where We Belong

Local Columns

In some places, “George Washington Slept Here” is used to pull in the tourists. Here in West Virginia, the more appealing claim might be that John Denver sang “Country Roads” here. Time flies, doesn’t it? This year is the 50th anniversary of the song. “Country Roads” is ...

Landfill Should Be Inspected

Editorials

It is difficult to imagine a situation more tangled and frustrating than that involving the old Crossridge Landfill in Jefferson County. It has been closed for years, but continues to generate both environmental and legal problems. Now, county Health Department officials say they cannot ...

Keeping Selves, Loved Ones Safe

Editorials

Among the most worrisome aspects of the COVID-19 epidemic is the disease’s ability to infect older people who are at most risk from it, despite precautions taken by them and on their behalf by others. Ohio state Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, went through a bout with the disease ...

City Building Requires Action

Editorials

Martins Ferry City Councilman Bruce Shrodes is right about the City Building: A single problem with it is no reason to abandon the structure and spend taxpayers’ money on a replacement. Problem is, the collapse of part of the building’s brick facade earlier this month is not the first ...

Deputies Better Than Hired Guards

Editorials

Acting Brooke County Sheriff Scott Adams probably was not telling anyone anything they did not know already when he discussed the ongoing dispute between the county commission and the board of education, over how to pay for sheriff’s deputies serving as resource officers at schools. After ...

School-By-School Approach Is Wise

Editorials

Hardly was the ink dry on our story about Ohio County Schools bringing students back for four days a week before a wrinkle developed. It was learned a Triadelphia Middle School teacher who also serves as a coach at Wheeling Park High School had tested positive for COVID-19. Steps to ...

What Can We Do? What Should We Be Doing?

Local Columns

We can’t solve every problem. Ask the families and friends of the nearly 940,000 human beings killed by COVID-19. But we ought to ask whether we’re doing all we can for people who need help. Are we? Could we do more to help the homeless people who have taken up residence in Wheeling? ...

Relying on Truckers to Deliver What We Need

Local Columns

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the grocery store, some to their place of work, and some are the 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America. These are the hard-working professional men and women who deliver the ...

Learning About Some of the Victims of 9/11

Letters to the Editor

This month we took time to remember the 19th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. I wrote about these individuals 19 years ago and I would like to re-introduce some of the people of September 11th. Our prayers go out to these families who lost someone then or through the war ...

Renew Tax Levy For Bus Service

Editorials

Among the good things about living in the Ohio Valley is that local taxpayers tend to support worthwhile local government services, even if they may not use them directly. So it has been for many years with public bus service. It is provided by an entity operating in West Virginia as the ...