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Opinion

McKinley Query Is Illuminating

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

This Is No Time To Be a Rebel

Local Columns

There is no way Gov. Jim Justice can force West Virginians to wear face masks. Those who balk at the idea of the government telling us how to live our lives are right about that. The governor, in issuing a face-mask order this week but adding there will be no penalty for disobedience, ...

Stage Comeback Against Disease

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

West Virginia’s Kenna Was No Robert E. Lee

Local Columns

Most West Virginians probably don’t know the name John Kenna, but they will soon if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets her way. The statue of Kenna that represents the Mountain State on Capitol Hill is among the 11 she wants to figuratively topple because of Confederate ties. Never mind that ...

Healy Highlights Moundsville’s Response to COVID-19

Local Columns

Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy was the Moundsville Lions Club’s speaker Tuesday, and he presented an update of the city’s operation during the past 18 months, along with future plans. An issue he addressed was COVID-19, pointing out that financially, the city was looking good midway ...

Ensure We Never Have A Whitmer in W.Va.

Local Columns

Whitmer Elected Governor After Moving to W.Va. Imagine that headline showing up in the paper sometime in the future. For many Mountain State residents this Independence Day weekend, it isn’t a pleasant thought. After seeing how Gretchen Whitmer has handled her duties as governor of ...

Rediscovering West Virginia

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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. ...