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Editorials

Ohioans Need A Bailout, Too

Many Ohioans struggle to pay the bills during normal times. COVID-19 has made the task tougher, perhaps for millions. Far from getting a break from state government, every electric consumer in Ohio may see higher utility bills, beginning in January. They are being ordered to cover a $1 ...

Budget Stability May Be Temporary

Santa Claus has arrived early in some municipal council chambers throughout the Ohio Valley, in the form of reports that town and city budgets are in surprisingly good shape. Steubenville officials got the good news this week. City Finance Director Dave Lewis reported the 2020 budget should ...

Month Critical For Businesses

December is a critical month for many businesses. Retailers rely on holiday shoppers. Many restaurant and bar owners count on income from once-a-year parties and other social gatherings. COVID-19 has made life more difficult for all of the above. Many people are leery of entering stores — ...

Target Reckless Drivers in Weirton

Members of the Weirton Traffic Commission recently discussed what, if anything, can be done about motorists who drive at reckless speeds. That is a particular problem on Marland Heights Road. Commission member Douglas Branham confirmed that. “When I was investigating, I almost got ...

Explain Bellaire Police Findings

Exactly what was done or not done to bring the wrath of the state Auditor’s Office down on Bellaire’s police department? No one involved at the local level seems clear on that. State auditors have released a finding that Bellaire Police Chief Richard Flanagan and former patrolman ...

Bringing a Little Christmas to Area

Brooke County’s once-high rate of positive tests for COVID-19 is declining steadily, to the point it is smack in the middle of the state’s color coded risk map, with a gold rating. Let us hope the situation continues to improve. Two members of the volunteer group Downtown Wellsburg, ...

Nursing Home Danger Peaking

Just a few days ago, we wrote that COVID-19 seemed to have surged once again into nursing homes. At the time, public health officials reported active outbreaks of the disease at 65 long-term care facilities in West Virginia. An update just a few days later put the number at 78. Just 45 ...

Learning Extent Of the Corruption

Give FBI officials credit for holding their cards close to the vest regarding utility-related corruption in Ohio. What is troubling is that the number of cards seems to be increasing. Earlier this year, federal agents arrested former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder ...

Virtual Attendance Rule Not Practical

Give educators credit for anguishing over how to teach children in a world turned nearly upside down. COVID-19 has jerked the very foundation of teaching — every-day in-person contact with students — out from under everyone involved. Last Monday night, as we reported, Ohio County Board ...

Giving Wheeling Businesses a Hand

Wheeling’s municipal budget is in remarkably good shape, considering the economic slowdown that resulted from restrictions on commercial activity earlier this year. It may be appropriate for city officials to consider a little help for businesses that have not been as fortunate. As we ...

Added Help On Data Vital

We have been critical at times of online efforts in both West Virginia and Ohio to keep the public informed about the situation regarding COVID-19. Sometimes, statistics posted on the state websites lag significantly behind what actually has happened, we pointed out. About a week ago, Ohio ...

Nutcrackers, Lights Fest Offer Safe Fun

It is especially true this year: We all need a little Christmas. What is different for the 2020 holiday season is that we need some safe festivities. Oglebay Park’s Winter Festival of Lights is especially attractive in that regard. And this weekend, another perennial favorite — ...

In Midst of Trouble, We Remain Blessed

As so often is the case for Americans, a time of trial reminds us of how very blessed we are ­— and how grateful we should be for that. Today, many of us will sit down to Thanksgiving feasts far different than those in which we have reveled in years past. For too many, there will be ...

Avoid Another Big Shutdown

COVID-19 has outrun Ohio officials’ ability to keep track of it, much less control it. On Monday and Tuesday, viewers of the state’s online epidemic “dashboard” — coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards — saw the following message in bright red ...

Hoyer’s Service Merits a Salute

West Virginians owe Maj. Gen. James Hoyer a crisp, heartfelt salute for his leadership of the state National Guard. On Monday, it was announced Hoyer is retiring as state adjutant general. He will step into a senior associate vice president’s role at West Virginia University. Hoyer has ...

More Contact Tracers Needed

County health departments on both sides of the Ohio River are under enormous strain because of the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases. They need help, especially in the critical work of contact tracing. That is an attempt to identify people who, because of contact with others who test ...

Treat Surrogate Parents Equally

It takes a lot of money to properly raise children, keeping them safe and giving them the best opportunities possible. According to a federal lawsuit, however, officials in Ohio believe it costs less for relatives to raise children placed in their care than for licensed foster caregivers to do ...

St. Clairsville Action Wise

Many local government officials can be pardoned for feeling like bystanders in the battle against COVID-19. Indeed, there is relatively little they can do about the epidemic. But St. Clairsville Mayor Katheryn Thalman decided to put up a fight. What she did may be a good idea for other ...

Prosecutor Did The Right Thing

Give Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Owen Beetham credit for thinking of those he serves rather than himself. Beetham, defeated by Lauren Knight in the April primary election, was scheduled to leave office in early January. Knight, who went on to win the general election, will succeed ...

We Can’t Take More Shutdowns

Our 10-county region — the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio — had just 7,227 people on the unemployment rolls in September 2019. By this September, the most recent month for which statistics were available, the number had soared to 12,442. We all know why the economy went into a hole ...