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Editorials

Helping Schools Educate Youth

For Mountain State students and teachers the past two semesters presented a nearly overwhelming challenge. With the help of parents and communities, they have found a way to limp through, but we know students are not getting an education that meets our standards. Teachers and school systems ...

Vaccination Plan Protecting Elderly

Another positive step forward in West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout came Wednesday, when Gov. Jim Justice announced that residents 70 and older can now sign up to receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Up to this point, the state was only offering the vaccine to those 80 and ...

School Districts Face Tough Call

Starting Tuesday, public and private schools in West Virginia can return to five-day in-person learning. Whether they will — or should — immediately return to a full, five-day schedule or go to a hybrid learning model remains a debate in many counties. The Ohio County Board of Education ...

Silencing Speech Is Bad Precedent

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action took place last week following the attack on the U.S. ...

Rethink School Starting Times

Early to bed, early to rise may make an adult healthy, wealthy and wise — but what about children? What is the optimum time of the morning for them to begin the learning process in school? Some school administrators and at least one board of education member in Ohio County seem to think ...

Keep Vaccinating, W.Va.

Over the past few weeks, nearly 5 percent of all West Virginians have received either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. That’s by far the highest rate in the nation, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. And what makes this story better — particularly over the past few ...

Covering COVID Fairly in W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice Friday criticized the state’s news media outlets over what he sees as a lack of good news being reported on how COVID-19 is being handled in West Virginia. Responding to a question about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths over the past month, Justice accused the media of ...

Moving on I-70 Work

Swank Construction has made great progress over the past 15 months with the I-70 Bridges Project, and workers currently are finishing up a much-deserved extended break for the holidays. It will be good to see them return later this month to continue their torrid pace in getting the bridges on ...

Vaccine Mix-Up Unacceptable

For the most part, the West Virginia National Guard has done a fantastic job as it stepped up to meet the needs of Mountain State residents faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. They have put themselves in harm’s way at testing sites across the state, distributed personal protective equipment and ...

The Right Choice

Ex-delegate Derrick Evans spared West Virginia ongoing national embarrassment when he resigned Saturday. Of all Evans’ actions since Wednesday, when he rushed the nation’s Capitol with others upset over the presidential election results and even livestreamed himself inside the ...

Inform Public on Authority’s Issues

The happenings over the past few weeks with the Ohio County Development Authority — the agency tasked with overseeing development at The Highlands in Ohio County — deserve a full public explanation. That needs to come from Ohio County commissioners Randy Wharton, Don Nickerson and Zach ...

Keeping an Eye On Overdose Spike

The news Thursday that the Wheeling Police Department responded to 16 drug overdoses in the past week was unwelcome to say the least and serves as a stark reminder that opioid abuse remains a major concern. The police department reported three deaths from those overdoses. Also, this past ...

Bluefield State Plan a Big Step

The city of Wheeling couldn’t have received much better news to start 2021 than the announcement Tuesday that Bluefield State College is looking to use a portion of the former Ohio Valley Medical Center property to bring a proposed Engineering and Manufacturing Center to Wheeling. Yes, ...

Investigate Del. Evans’ Actions

Among the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was incoming West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans, R-Wayne, who posted a video online from the Capitol interior yelling, “We’re in! ... Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” His actions demand a swift and severe response. House ...

Celebrating a Life of Service

The Ohio Valley and the state of West Virginia lost a true community leader Wednesday with the unexpected passing of J. Michael Myer, executive editor of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. He was 69. Myer’s career spanned from the mid-1970s through 2020. He was inspired to pursue ...

Getting Kids Back in Class

It makes sense that there was some resistance to Gov. Jim Justice’s plan last week to reopen all West Virginia pre-K, elementary and middle schools for in-person learning by Jan. 19. People want to know that students, teachers, administrators and staff will be safe under such a plan. But ...

Vaccine Clinic Is by Appointment Only

As we have explained in news stories this week, all slots for today’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Ohio County for residents 80 and older are full. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department on Tuesday said some residents reported receiving a text message claiming they did not need an ...

Justice Can’t Dodge Issue

Last week, Gov. Jim Justice told our reporter, “I want all West Virginians to know just how proud I am of all of them. When it really boils down to it, they’ve done a heck of a job.” He was referring to the diligence and sacrifice of ordinary citizens in fighting the spread of COVID-19 ...

Bundles of Joy Bring Hope for ‘21

After all the bad news from 2020, it was refreshing to see 2021 start off on a positive note with the announcement of four New Year’s Day births at area hospitals. The first baby of the New Year arrived to Andrea and Cody Graham of Wheeling, who welcomed Emmett Wayne Graham at 12:56 ...

‘All-of-Above’ Plan Is Vital

Precisely what President-elect Joe Biden has in mind for an energy policy will not be known until after he takes office on Jan. 20. Unless we miss our guess, it will be only a matter of weeks after that before we are given good clues to his plans. Much of the relief outgoing President ...