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Editorials

City Building Requires Action

Martins Ferry City Councilman Bruce Shrodes is right about the City Building: A single problem with it is no reason to abandon the structure and spend taxpayers’ money on a replacement. Problem is, the collapse of part of the building’s brick facade earlier this month is not the first ...

Deputies Better Than Hired Guards

Acting Brooke County Sheriff Scott Adams probably was not telling anyone anything they did not know already when he discussed the ongoing dispute between the county commission and the board of education, over how to pay for sheriff’s deputies serving as resource officers at schools. After ...

School-By-School Approach Is Wise

Hardly was the ink dry on our story about Ohio County Schools bringing students back for four days a week before a wrinkle developed. It was learned a Triadelphia Middle School teacher who also serves as a coach at Wheeling Park High School had tested positive for COVID-19. Steps to ...

Renew Tax Levy For Bus Service

Among the good things about living in the Ohio Valley is that local taxpayers tend to support worthwhile local government services, even if they may not use them directly. So it has been for many years with public bus service. It is provided by an entity operating in West Virginia as the ...

Nursing Homes Still Dangerous

Availability of a vaccine against COVID-19 cannot come too quickly for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. That may be the only hope some have of surviving the epidemic — because clearly, no one has come up with any other way of keeping them safe from the ...

Get Numbers Right

Ten residents of the Meadows Nursing Home in Cadiz were battling COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to the state website (coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19). One staff member had recovered. It wasn’t true. Harrison County Health Department officials reported Tuesday that 19 ...

Limit Lawsuits Linked to COVID

It is human nature to want to blame someone or something for a tragedy in one’s life. It is the nature of some attorneys to seek to capitalize on that by filing lawsuits. COVID-19 has claimed more than 4,200 lives in Ohio. The toll will grow. As it does, so does the likelihood of lawsuits ...

Public Hearing Was Handled Well

It is difficult to imagine how Wheeling Planning Commission members and other city officials and personnel could have done a better job than they did Monday in pulling off a public hearing on the GC&P Development issue. Held at WesBanco Arena, the hearing permitted everyone who wanted ...

Settle GC&P Issue Quickly

Members of the Wheeling Planning Commission are poised to make what for most, if not all, will be the toughest decision of their time on the panel. Yes, the GC&P Development vote. Thirteen months ago, we recommended the commission proceed cautiously on the matter. Plenty of time was ...

Reverse Decision On Ballot Postage

Making it as easy as possible for registered voters to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election ought to be the name of this year’s game for both Democrats and Republicans. One means of doing that has been suggested by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. He sought state Controlling Board ...

Include Market In New Budget

At some point, COVID-19 will be history and we can all move on with our lives. Our local economies will move on, too. Within a few weeks, Steubenville City Council may weigh in on which direction the municipality’s downtown district takes. City Councilman Bob Villamagna suggested about a ...

Winning Is Not Everything at WVU

Good for West Virginia University football Coach Neal Brown for making it clear winning is not everything on his watch. Just before the Mountaineers played their season opener at home — beating Eastern Kentucky, 56-10 — Brown announced 11 WVU players had been suspended for the game. ...

PUCO Should Investigate, Too

Nearly two months after former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder was arrested by federal agents charging him with participating in a $60 million bribery scheme, a key question remains unanswered, officially, at least. Federal prosecutors still have not identified the “Company A” their ...

Consider City Building Future

About 10 days ago, Martins Ferry municipal employees were shocked to notice part of the City Building lying on the ground beside it. A substantial section of brick facade near the roof had torn away from the building and collapsed. It appears the building, more than a century old, remains ...

Wheeling Hospital Plan Good News

After years of uncertainty regarding health care in the Wheeling area, there was good news last week. Wheeling Hospital will become a full member of the West Virginia University Health System. Bad news during the past three years led to concern about the future of health care in our region. ...

Answers Needed On Balakos Firing

As so often is the case when public officials get the ax, Jefferson County Board of Health members offered virtually no explanation last Thursday when they fired Health Commissioner Nicole Balakos. But the tiny piece of information put forward certainly raised some eyebrows. Regarding ...

Being Secure Against Foes

A generation of young Americans have been reminded brutally of the price we pay for letting down our guard against murderous enemies. Nineteen years ago today, on Sept. 11, 2001, the foe was terrorists based abroad, who massacred 2,997 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and on an ...

Keeping Drunken Drivers Off Roads

During a Labor Day weekend campaign against motorists who drive while intoxicated or distracted, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers based in St. Clairsville made 12 arrests for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. That may not seem like many — but consider this: The 12 now in serious ...

Local Approach Is Best on Race

Comments by one of those organizing a new group focused on equality in our area certainly were gratifying — but were no cause for patting ourselves on the back. Named 4 BC, the organization’s mission statement calls for it to “work for racial reconciliation in Belmont County, help ...

Show Compassion

About 48,000 Ohioans who received more unemployment benefits than they were entitled to may have to repay the money, state officials say. Often in such cases, over-payments result from claimants failing to report money they received while collecting benefits. Where flagrant, substantial ...