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Editorials

Morrisey Standing With West Virginia

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was back on the case last month as he led a 19-state coalition in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an appeals court ruling that would give the Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to “decarbonize virtually any sector of the ...

New Guidelines Due To Vaccine Hesitancy

Try as they might, Ohio officials have not yet been able to convince all those who are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines. But Gov. Mike DeWine was able to offer another reason to those working in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as he announced a change in the guidelines for ...

Volunteers Make Wheeling Shine

If Wheeling is serious about marketing itself as a low-cost, low-crime, family friendly location for remote workers to move and live, then volunteer-based community events such as the Make Wheeling Shine effort that took place this past Saturday are critical in ensuring the city presents ...

Caring for Ohio’s Kids

Buckeye State residents care deeply about the wellbeing of our children, but a recent report suggests that does not always translate to the way we take care of their health. In WalletHub’s ranking of 2021’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health Care, Ohio was 44th. As the rankings ...

Making Right Call On Admissions

West Virginia University has made a good decision in extending the relaxed requirements for test scores for students applying for admission. In fact, if they have not already done so, other institutions of higher learning should follow suit. At WVU, the extension will carry through the ...

Cleaning Up Retired Coal Power Plants

Federal and state officials have another question to answer, as communities across the country — but particularly here in Appalachia — face the realities of a changing economic and energy landscape. What happens to the shuttered coal-fired power plants once they are no longer ...

Don’t Defund the Public Library

This past Monday, by a 3-2 vote, the Ohio County Board of Education chose to reduce funding to the Ohio County Public Library, from an annual allocation of $884,547 to $589,698. Voting to partially defund the library were board members David Croft, Molly Aderholt and Christine Carder. At ...

Agri-Business Program Great Choice at School

One of the best features at Wheeling Park High School is the greenhouse. Each year, students and staff work to cultivate flowers and plants, all leading up to the pre-Mother’s Day sale that kicks off Monday. Local residents who take advantage of that sale know the hard work the students ...

Forest Fires On The Rise in W.Va.

In case we were looking for something else to worry about, the West Virginia Division of Forestry is reporting it has had to respond to 312 fires with nearly 3,000 acres burned since Jan. 1. Compare that with the previous year, when during the same period there were 158 fires with only 632 ...

Investigate Shootings By Columbus Police

Earlier this week, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther asked for a federal Department of Justice investigation into the city police department, and a series of police killings of Black people. In seeking the investigation, Ginther rightly noted there have already been significant changes in the ...

Paying Residents To Get Vaccinated

The numbers are concerning: just a few months ago, West Virginia was in the top five states in the nation in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Jim Justice, on a daily basis, touted the effectiveness with which the state not only got shots in arms, but shots in the most vulnerable arms ­ ...

A Return to Normal Requires All of Us

Ohio is bringing some of its health orders in line with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the result should be more flexibility for some residents. One example is Buckeye State athletes, or students participating in other activities, no longer need to quarantine after ...

Don’t Shut Public Out of Meetings

More than a year after the pandemic changed how everything in our lives operates — including government — it continues to concern us that some local governments fail to adequately host meetings accessible to the public. Two recent examples come to mind. First was a meeting of St. ...

We All Can Play a Role in Litter Control

Think tossing a fast-food wrapper or plastic bottle out of your vehicle window is harmless? Well, if you’re not worried about the environmental impact or the creation of an eyesore, maybe the cost will grab your attention. Ohio taxpayers spend approximately $4 million a year to pay the Ohio ...

Pushing Back on Biden Energy Plan

It must have been quite a victory for President Joe Biden to receive the backing of the United Mine Workers in his plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition.” Biden claims that transition will include thousands of jobs in renewable energy ...

Helping Those Who Serve the Neediest

For many Ohio seniors, the past year has been frightening in more ways than one. For those who relied on outside support to get healthy meals every day, the service has been a life-saver. Their need has not ended, of course. In some ways, it is as significant as ever. But the Ohio Controlling ...

Don’t Leave W.Va. Behind With Coal

A study conducted by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, but commissioned by the West Virginia Coal Association, suggests the coal industry and coal-fired power plants are still a significant player in the state’s economy. It showed mining and ...

Capitol Police Should Explain Jan. 6 Events

For months, many have wondered what in the world was going on with law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol Complex that would have allowed the Jan. 6 breach. Last week, we got some insight. In a radio transmission heard by members of the House Administration Committee, a U.S. Capitol Police ...

COVID-19 Still Lurking in W.Va.

If you had trouble keeping track of all the executive orders issued by Gov. Jim Justice during the pandemic — 91 of them — you are not alone. But the governor has made an effort to clean all that up, and last week issued a new order that canceled some of the outdated orders while clarifying ...

Diversify Workforce In the Mountain State

Some of those who have read the news about unemployment rates dropping and business booming — even right here in West Virginia — might be forgiven for wondering when the rebound will reach them. According to the numbers, our state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped ...