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Editorials

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 ...

Learning More About COVID-19

Knowledge really is power. These days, it also can be safety. Give Bethany College officials and professors credit for helping us all add to the information we can use to fight back against the COVID-19 epidemic. Bethany has launched a virtual lecture series on the coronavirus and diseases ...

Getting Vaccine To the Vulnerable

Just as health care professionals have needed help in battling COVID-19, they will require assistance in protecting the public through distribution of a vaccine against the disease. Gov. Jim Justice has taken an important step in that regard. It is not known precisely when a safe, effective ...

Support Local Internet Efforts

Perhaps state plans to extend internet access in West Virginia will do some good — eventually. But, as was the case earlier this year, it appears local initiatives will have to take the lead in serving children who are supposed to be learning from home, but without any way to get online ...

Being Flexible On In-Person Meetings

Like many other public bodies in our area, Steubenville City Council has not really been meeting during the past few months. Because of COVID-19, they and other city officials have been connecting electronically. That may end soon. During their electronic session last week, council members ...

U.S. Workers Will Prevail

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

Students Put Others at Risk

Disappointing stupidity. Mass insanity. A geronticidal plot. Pick one, or even all three to describe the behavior of some West Virginia University students. Whatever the explanation for their behavior, it simply must stop. Since students — mostly freshmen, it appears — began ...

Don’t Delay On Mail-In Ballot

Ohioans have a fail-safe method of reacting to warnings about problems with mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election: Don’t delay. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office has already begun mailing applications for mail-in absentee ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. Those ...

Report School Cases Quickly

Ours has been called the “Information Age.” Within hours of a Hollywood celebrity opining on politics, we know about it. Even local news travels at the speed of light; we hear how our high school football team did minutes after the fourth-quarter clock hits zero. But if Ohioans want to ...

Knowing How To Save a Life

Good for Sgt. Scott Little of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for understanding that knowledge can be life-saving power. Little has been honored by the American Red Cross for his actions a year ago, when he heard of a medical emergency near his home. He rushed to the victim’s ...