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Editorials

Justice Income Tax Proposal Good Start

Gov. Jim Justice has submitted to lawmakers a state income tax repeal plan with the encouragement that “This is the time to seize our opportunity!” It starts with a 60 percent reduction in the personal income tax for the first year. For many West Virginians —and perhaps those ...

Accelerate Vaccine For Elderly in Panhandle

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in West Virginia has been among the best in the nation and the world. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas for improvement, particularly closer to home as some elderly residents — those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 — continue to wait ...

March Madness At the Prep Level

It’s the first week in March, and that means it’s time for West Virginia high schools to open their basketball seasons. Yes, we said basketball. And wrestling. And swimming. If you are thinking these are sports that typically take place during the winter months and would be wrapping up in ...

Educating Ohioans on COVID Vaccine

Residents of our region of Ohio are adopting pandemic-fighting techniques —including getting the vaccine — much more slowly than their counterparts in non-rural and non-Appalachian Ohio. It’s a troubling trend examined in an Ohio University study that reported only 52.2 percent of rural ...

Mavromatis Earned Vote of Confidence

Members of Steubenville City Council made a wise decision when they approved a two-year contract extension for City Manager James Mavromatis. Mavromatis, who has been on the job for five years, has brought a no-nonsense style of management to the post, and his leadership has helped the city ...

McKinley Stance on Energy Makes Sense

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. Surely, then, President Joe Biden knows Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is correct when he says “Their ...

Don’t Listen to Vaccine Myths

Dr. Clay Marsh has been part of the effort that led West Virginia to be a leader in trying to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in distributing the vaccine that might help us one day turn the corner in that fight. Mountain State residents have come to trust him as he talks us through the ...

Protecting Most Vulnerable First

It’s rather amazing when you think about it: the first COVID-19 vaccine shots became available in early December; now, three months later, nearly 200,000 West Virginians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while another 100,000 residents have received the first shot. That’s 300,000 of ...

Don’t Forget Small Business

As members of Congress consider another stimulus , a report out of Ohio last week should give them some sense of urgency. According to an Alignable A1 Revenue Poll, 51 percent of Ohio’s small businesses said revenue expectations will fail to meet their needs by the end of March. Without ...

Plague of Potholes Returns to Region

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, and the rain has made its presence known, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the region: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Main and Market streets in ...

Making Morning Commute Easier

Road construction is no fun for anyone. The sight of orange cones and barrels lining the highway can leave anyone seeing red, knowing the traffic jams and longer detours that likely are to follow. Yet as much as those orange markers can be a sign of a frustrating path ahead, they’re also ...

Finger-Pointing in U.S. Capitol Fallout

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Who’s in Charge In West Virginia?

When Republicans took over the legislative majority in Charleston in 2014, there was renewed hope that those elected to represent us in state government would be weeding out fraud, waste, incompetence and frivolous spending; they’d dethrone King Bureaucracy; they’d turn their backs on ...

Making Classroom Time Priority in Ohio County

The research is clear: getting children back in school full-time is essential for both their educational and emotional well-being. Ohio County Schools made the right call Thursday to bring students back into the classroom five days each week. The change starts March 15. The two-week delay ...

Remain Diligent In COVID Fight

West Virginia is at its lowest level of COVID-19 cases since November. We also are ranked among the highest vaccination rates in the world. The Mountain State is making great strides in fighting back the pandemic. It is wonderful news, and continued cause for celebration. But let’s not get ...

COVID-19 Delays New Census Data

U.S. Census Bureau officials have once more pushed back the delivery date for data that will be used for redrawing congressional, state and local legislative districts to the end of September. “The biggest reason? COVID-19. It’s something beyond the Census Bureau’s control,” said ...

W.Va. Lawmakers Seek More Control

Most conservative lawmakers at one time branded themselves as being in favor of small government, particularly when it came to the federal government meddling in state matters. In fact, plenty of state lawmakers across the country still bristle when they believe Congress or the executive branch ...

Keep Vaccinating, W.Va.

More than 170,000 West Virginians — that’s just shy of 10 percent of the total population — have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources. Another 100,000-plus people have received their first dose of the vaccine, which means by ...

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for Shot

Talk to someone who has left one of the Ohio Valley’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics after getting their first or second dose, and they may run through several emotions. None of those emotions are bad. There’s relief in being able to take the first step in protecting themselves from the ...

Investigate Power Issues in Texas

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas last week. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...