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Editorials

Helping Families Deal With COVID

Perhaps the most unsettling recent reminder of the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic came last week, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency unveiled its new funeral assistance program hotline. More than 1 million callers tried to get through, creating busy signals and “technical ...

Economy is Rebounding

It is not difficult to understand why so many are optimistic we have turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19. Hopeful signs are everywhere. Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management reported the U.S. services sector showed record growth in March, as states ease ...

Standing Against D.C. Hypocrisy

West Virginians are lucky to have a group of common-sense lawmakers representing their interests in Washington. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, along with Rep. David McKinley, continue their efforts to ensure lawmakers in the nation’s capital not only don’t remake our ...

W.Va. Falling Behind in COVID Vaccination Race

A situation we warned of several weeks back with fewer West Virginians getting vaccinated seems to be growing — and it has caught the attention of Gov. Jim Justice. Justice, during a COVID-19 news conference this past week, said it was unacceptable that less than 85% of the COVID-19 vaccine ...

Valuing Education In West Virginia

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...

Deliver Census Data

Ohio has seen some success after it sued the U.S. Census Bureau for delaying the release of data needed to redraw political districts. Census Bureau officials now say they will release the data earlier than planned ... but in an “outdated format.” “Given the difficulty in using data in ...

Time to Clean Up Wheeling Island

“It takes a village” is often associated with how the collective “we” care for and tend to one another. Starting this weekend and continuing twice more later this month, Wheeling City Councilman Ben Seidler will be leading a charge — one that, appropriately, could be thought of as ...

DeWine Urges Locals To Get Vaccinated

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a simple reminder to area residents during Monday’s visit to Steubenville: Get your COVID-19 vaccination. DeWine and his wife, Fran, stopped at the Jefferson County Health Department’s vaccination clinic inside the Fort Steuben Mall. The stop allowed the ...

West Virginia —Wild, Wonderful

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Addressing Ohio’s Infrastructure Needs

President Biden’s administration released its Infrastructure Report Card this week, as part of its push to persuade lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars on infrastructure. There is no doubt an infrastructure bill is needed. The report card gives Ohio a grade of C-, saying “In Ohio ...

Keeping an Eye On Relief Funds

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling like they’re in the deep end of the pool when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan ...

Keep Focused on Outside Threats

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Should We Follow Virginia’s Lead?

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers spent much of this year’s legislative session behaving as though they would have been among those opposing our state’s secession from Virginia nearly 160 years ago. Perhaps, then, those folks will look to what Virginia did recently and be more ...

Warner Made Right Choice With Voting Bill

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner was correct to pull a bill before the Legislature that would have changed voting rules in West Virginia. While most of the changes sought in the legislation seemed to make sense, at least two raised eyebrows and likely would have led to fewer ...

Exploring Options To Help Residents

In the midst of a global pandemic that has crippled private-sector companies (but not local, county or state governments, of course), that has created massive levels of unemployment and underemployment around the nation, enters the city of Wheeling telling its residents that they must now pay ...

City-County Cooperation Locally Long Overdue

For years, we have been among a small group locally advocating for enhanced cooperation between leaders in the city of Wheeling and the Ohio County Commission. It appears those efforts may finally be bearing fruit. Last week, city and council officials agreed on considering a coordinated ...

County Should Offer an Explanation on Highlands

Members of the Ohio County Development Authority owe the public a fuller explanation as to why, two weeks after saying they would have a new contract ready for Greg Stewart to manage The Highlands, the board voted 15-3 Thursday to not offer him a contract at all. Ohio County Commissioner Zach ...

HIV Cases Rising In West Virginia

As federal officials are being brought on board to address an HIV outbreak in West Virginia, a warning in February by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC’s chief of HIV prevention, rings through: “It is possible the current case count represents the tip of the iceberg,” Daskalakis said. ...

Time to Revise Bethlehem Policy

We have no doubt that Bethlehem police officer Rusty Jewell was, as he told our reporter, simply following department policy on Monday afternoon when he dropped Moundsville resident Frank Ott off at a gas station in the village following a traffic accident. Ott, 85, was coherent, according to ...

Ohio Seeing Rising COVID-19 Numbers

Don’t look now, but the COVID-19 pandemic might be getting a fourth wind in Ohio. At one point, Gov. Mike DeWine had assured residents all health orders would be lifted once the state was averaging 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks in a row. Last week, the average was 146 cases per ...