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Opinion

Critical Facts Are Withheld

Editorials

Last Thursday, the Ohio County Health Department revealed that an animal here had tested positive for rabies. It was a raccoon, found in the Woodsdale neighborhood of Wheeling. People in and near that area now know to be especially cautious about raccoons. There are now 10 confirmed cases ...

Investigate W.Va Hospital Closing

Editorials

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 occurred Sunday. An 88-year-old Marion County woman perished from the disease, at a hospital in Clarksburg. Had she become ill just a few weeks ago, the woman might have been treated at Fairmont, in her home county. But there is no hospital there, ...

Justice Order Is Defensible

Editorials

In normal times, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union would have been on the phone with Gov. Jim Justice’s office within minutes of the press conference he held Monday. These are as far from normal times as most Americans can remember. Even the days following the Sept. ...

Protect School Staffs

Editorials

As COVID-19 spreads through the Mountain State, thousands of children continue to receive meals from their schools. They are prepared by school cooks and often distributed by school personnel, sometimes with help from others. While we think continuing to provide food to the children is ...

Cracker Plant News Gratifying

Editorials

Area residents were minded last week that there will be life — and, in all probability, prosperity for many — after the coronavirus. News from local officials was very good, in two ways. First, it was revealed that three local government entities will be receiving enormous amounts of ...

Check Website, Voters in W.Va.

Editorials

No one knows with certainty whether the primary election scheduled for May 12 in West Virginia will go forward in normal fashion. If the COVID-19 outbreak persists, it is possible that in-person voting will not occur. Even the usual “early voting” process may have to be altered. If you ...

Withheld Patient Details Dangerous

Editorials

As COVID-19 begins to take the lives of West Virginians, the continuing refusal of local and state officials to provide specific information on those who have contracted the disease becomes more dangerous. An 88-year-old Marion County woman perished Sunday, the first fatality of COVID-19 in ...

Testing at Nursing Homes Now Critical

Editorials

Elderly people with underlying medical conditions are most at risk of dying from COVID-19. They also are the men and women most likely to be residents of nursing homes. Experience during the past couple of weeks has demonstrated that outbreaks in nursing homes can serve as beach heads for ...

Amend School Rules in W.Va.

Editorials

Schools in West Virginia will not reopen until at least April 20, Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday. We give the governor credit for optimism, but we doubt that date is realistic, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears school officials and personnel have been doing a stellar job in ...

Slashing Red Tape To Get Assistance

Editorials

More than 41,000 West Virginians filed new claims for unemployment compensation last week. In Ohio, the most recent report showed more than 187,000 new claims. Behind those numbers are a multitude of small businesses, sometimes “mom and pop” operations, that are hurting. Nearly all ...

Reducing Domestic Violence Potential

Editorials

Criminals often try to take advantage of situations such as the COVID-19 outbreak. It was gratifying, then, to read that both Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger and Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard reported that in general, the number of calls their officers and deputies have answered is ...

Battling Virus’ Side-Effects

Editorials

It would be foolish and irresponsible, particularly in West Virginia and Ohio, to ease up one iota on steps being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help those who have contracted the virus recover from it. This is a monster, with the power to kill by the hundreds, even thousands, ...

Give the Standardized Tests

Local Columns

It has been suggested that because of COVID-19 upheaval, America’s students and educators should be given a break from standardized testing this year. That is precisely why the tests should be administered this year. Before you begin calling friends to join the mob demanding my head ...

Embracing New Way Of Living

Local Columns

This has been a week and a half of firsts and lasts. For the first time in my 40-plus years in this newspaper office I have worked part of my time at home. Imagine doing interviews and finding the news from the comfort of one’s home. But modern technology has allowed that to happen. Not ...

Local Case Details Vital

Editorials

Misguided political correctness may be threatening the lives of some Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents. Out of concern for themselves and loved ones for whom COVID-19 is a clear and present danger, they should not stand for it. As of Thursday afternoon, area residents knew that ...

Restaurants Earn Our Regard, Help

Editorials

It is at times like these that we learn who our real friends are. Here in our area, some of them happen to be the people whose finances have been affected most severely by the COVID-19 crisis — restaurants and other businesses involved in food service. As we have reported, many of them ...

Local Cases No Surprise

Editorials

We knew it was coming. When the news that two Ohio County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 came out, it was less a shock than a reminder of the necessity for us all to do what we can to curb the spread of the disease. Before Wednesday, when the two Ohio County cases were revealed, ...

Keep Nursing Homes Secure

Editorials

We in West Virginia have been very lucky — fingers crossed — in the COVID-19 outbreak. But if we are to avoid a tragedy such as that in Washington state, we must redouble vigilance regarding the most vulnerable among us. At last count, 20 people at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown ...

Nursing Homes Must Be Focus

Editorials

Of the 39 COVID-19 cases identified in West Virginia by this morning, 16 were in Monongalia County. At least seven were at a nursing home there. That raises a terrifying prospect for anyone who has been paying attention to the outbreak. Four residents and three staff members at the Sundale ...

Being Inventive Can Bring Own Hazards

Editorials

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...