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Editorials

National Guard Deserves Better

Of all the chintzy things to do, federal officials’ plan for West Virginia National Guard members takes the prize. Gov. Jim Justice is right to be livid about it. The rest of us in the Mountain State should be furious, too. Nearly 700 men and women of the National Guard have been working ...

Weld Has Earned GOP Nomination

State Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has served Northern Panhandle residents — and other West Virginians — well in the state Legislature. He has earned the Republican Party’s renomination for his post. Voters in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties, as well as part of Marshall County, will ...

Elect Tabit To High Court

West Virginia voters will elect three justices to the state Supreme Court on June 9, though, because of the COVID-19 epidemic, many will use the absentee ballot system to make their choices before then. The clear choice in the Division 2 Supreme Court race is Joanna I. Tabit. She is widely ...

Keep Justice Hutchison

Scandal embroiled the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2018. Three of its five justices stepped down. In appointing someone to succeed a justice convicted of multiple crimes, Gov. Jim Justice knew character was critical. So the governor picked John Hutchison, who had served as a Raleigh County ...

Getting Mail-In Ballots Delivered

Don’t you just love bureaucratese, the language used so often by government officials in attempts to put lipstick on the proverbial pig? Ohioans may have a new candidate for the government-speak hall of fame. It is a statement by U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive ...

Using Our Parks To Say Thanks

Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that he wanted to thank all the front-line heroes in the battle against COVID-19 by doing something nice for them. But, he noted, it is inevitable that any list of such occupations will leave someone off. So the governor decided every West Virginian should ...

Council Right In Hesitating

Wheeling City Council members were right to postpone a decision on acquiring the Ohio Valley Medical Center property until they can get an answer to a critical question: If the city takes ownership, what’s next? Medical Properties Trust, the Alabama firm that owns the property, has ...

Godspeed to You, Too, Annie Glenn

Annie Glenn soared, too. She was far more than just the wife of a hero. Her own courage and determination shown brightly, too. Glenn, 100, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. Upon learning of her passing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine summed her up well: “She represented all that is good ...

Keeping Virus Out of Prisons

More than half the COVID-19 cases in Belmont County, as of Tuesday afternoon, were at the state prison near St. Clairsville. Two of the county’s eight virus-related deaths had occurred there. Despite decisive action including institution-wide quarantines taken by state officials, Ohio may ...

Initiative a Boon For Older Ohioans

A state program for Ohioans 60 years of age and older ought to outlive the COVID-19 epidemic, even though the outbreak prompted officials to launch it. It is the “Staying Connected” initiative, an automated service by which older Buckeye State residents are contacted by phone once a ...

Wheeling Officials Should Table Action Over OVMC

Due diligence on a matter as important as whether the city of Wheeling should acquire the old Ohio Valley Medical Center should not have a time limit. Wheeling City Council members are right to insist on looking before they leap. It has been suggested it would be in the city’s interests in ...

Reopening Ohio, But Doing it Safely

Restaurants and bars in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for inside serving on Thursday. They were cleared for outside service last Friday. Already, there have been reports of diners and drinkers not following the rules for social distancing to guard against COVID-19. That prompted Gov. ...

Don’t Let Virus Stop Fireworks

Say it ain’t so, Wellsburg officials. During last week’s meeting of Wellsburg City Council, Mayor Sue Simonetti reported she had been contacted by members of the volunteer committee in charge of plans for an Independence Day celebration in the town. They want council’s opinion on ...

Renew Animal Shelter Tax Levy

Four years ago, Hancock County voters showed their compassion for animals by approving a tax levy to support the county animal shelter. Nearly three of every four voters said “yes” to the measure. Now the levy is up for renewal. It will be on the ballot for the June 9 primary ...

Ensure Schools Get Assistance

Ohio County Schools’ finances are in “very, very good condition,” district business manager Steve Bieniek reported last week. Just across the river in Martins Ferry, the situation is different — in large measure because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Martins Ferry City Schools Treasurer ...

Being Responsive To Constituents

After West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced last week that gymnasiums, health clubs, tanning bed businesses and whitewater rafting outfitters could reopen, he was asked whether his decisions are being made in response to public pressure. “That is absolutely, 180 degrees wrong,” he ...

Vote Armstead For High Court

West Virginia voters knew in November 2018 that we needed to get back to the basics on the state Supreme Court. Justices committed to fairness, honesty, frugality and upholding the law and the state constitution were needed. Voters selected Tim Armstead to fill one of the unexpired terms on ...

Leonhardt Best At Agriculture

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Resuming Real Public Meetings

Steubenville City Council members — some of them, anyway — hope to see each other in the flesh for a meeting on June 9. They agreed this week to hold their next regular meeting, scheduled for that date, at the City Building. No one can say whether the plan will come to fruition. With ...

Being Prepared To Open Pools

Getting public swimming pools open for the season does not seem like a priority now. But by late July and August, many area residents will be eager to dive in, providing that can be done safely. Concern over the health risks has kept most local government bodies from making concrete plans ...