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Editorials

Amend School Rules in W.Va.

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

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

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

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, ...

Local Case Details Vital

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Update COVID Count Regularly

After a relatively slow start, COVID-19 in West Virginia appears to be taking the same course it has elsewhere, of the infection spreadly rapidly and broadly. Mountain State residents need reliable information on how deeply the virus has penetrated into our communities. Not having that ...

Thanks, National Guard Members

A shipment of badly needed health care supplies was delivered to Wheeling on Tuesday, by members of the West Virginia National Guard. Bless them for doing what they always do when we need them: They step up and serve. No doubt the men and women of the Guard will undertake many other ...

Stepping Up To Feed Kids

Ohio County school officials’ decision to stop handling at-school pickups of meals for children cannot be permitted to affect the youngsters adversely. We are confident that too many compassionate men and women live in our communities for that to happen. Since public schools throughout ...

Volunteers Need To Be Coordinated

You want to help people around you who are in need, for whatever reason, during the coronavirus epidemic. But how? As noted in the editorial above, we believe firmly that many local residents are willing and able to volunteer their time to deliver meals to children, buy groceries for older ...

Get Off Path To a Tragedy

Some West Virginians are not being realistic about COVID-19. If you are among them, we beg you to recognize that your attitude is putting others at risk of losing their lives. If you know someone who has not been observing precautions against spreading the virus, we urge you to talk some sense ...

Stop Hoarding Protective Masks

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Fighting Back To Beat Virus

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct Saturday in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. We Americans have been very lucky for more than a century and ...

DeWine Correct In New Mandate

It has not escaped Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s notice that delay can be deadly in dealing with COVID-19. States and nations where decisive action to fight the disease was not taken expeditiously have suffered terribly. On Sunday, DeWine issued an order that Buckeye State residents not leave ...

Pitch In, Fellow West Virginians

Are you part of the 40%? If so, you need to start doing your part. Your failure is putting lives at risk — those of your fellow West Virginians. That messages comes from Gov. Jim Justice — and it may be the most important thing he has said in his entire life. Justice spoke Saturday ...

Charitable Groups Will Need Aid, Too

Even during normal times, many among us rely on non-profit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing. In addition, there are charities that provide help for ...