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Editorials

Mental Health Aid Important

Good for Steubenville Municipal Judge John Mascio for doing something about what virtually every judge sees as a problem — criminals facing mental health challenges. Mascio revealed last week that he has obtained $60,000 in grant funding to support establishment of a mental health court. ...

High Court Right On Free Speech

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an ...

Minimizing Risks of Vacationing

We hate to break the news to those of you planning to get away from it all for a few days, but there is no such thing as a carefree vacation this summer. That was made clear last week. Eight West Virginians who made the trek to a popular vacation area for people in our state — Myrtle ...

Don’t Relax Precautions

Two weeks ago, there were just 16 active cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Panhandle. As of Sunday, there were 32. Do we get the message? Let us hope so. When Gov. Jim Justice more than a month ago began easing restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, too many West Virginians ...

East Ohio Not Out Of Woods, Either

While West Virginians seem to be experiencing somewhat of a resurgence of COVID-19, East Ohio may be on the mend. The past week has shown a gratifying decrease in cases — except for the state prison in Belmont County, where 62 inmates and staff members remain on the sick list. But ...

Selling OVMC Property Quickly

Wheeling taxpayers are about to become the owners of a hospital, or at least a complex of buildings that served that purpose until last fall. The question now is what to do with the facility. City Council members voted Tuesday night to proceed with acquisition of most of the old Ohio Valley ...

Cleaning Up Site At 19th and Jacob

Plans by Wheeling officials to acquire the old Ohio Valley Medical Center property and use part of it for a new police and fire department headquarters appear to put the lid on a very bad idea. For months, city officials had talked of buying a 2.8-acre tract at the corner of 19th and Jacob ...

New Cases Are Not a Surprise

As we West Virginians get into “reopening” our state in earnest, some have observed, with more than a trace of concern, that the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area and the state as a whole are increasing. Of course they are. Does that mean we need to go back to stay-at-home orders ...

Finishing Corridor H

State officials revealed this week that another $12 million in federal funding has been received for Corridor H. That may be enough to complete the road, they noted. Not really. Corridor H is nearly completed from Elkins to the state’s border with Virginia, near Wardensville. But for many ...

Basing Policy On the Facts

It says something about the prospects for ethane cracker plants that Shell Chemical, after a short break due to COVID-19, has resumed construction of one near Monaca, Pennsylvania. Shell executives seem confident. The governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are being urged to ...

Supporting Fairs

County fairs and various festivals throughout our area serve important purposes. Especially this year, they may be opportunities for recreation may Ohio Valley residents need sorely. But for that very reason — COVID-19 — many special events have been canceled. Not so the Belmont County ...

Guard Against Another Tragedy

It has been 30 years since walls of water swept down Wegee and Pipe creeks in Belmont County, taking 26 lives and changing scores of others forever. Were the events of June 14, 1990 enough to shock both residents of our area and public officials into doing all in their power to keep something ...

High Court Right To Clear Pipeline

Because the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, what its justices say is the law is the law. Thus, the court’s ruling allowing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia settles one fight over the gas line. It had been ...

Giving Bar An Ultimatum

Closing down a business despite the owner’s wish to remain open is a serious step for any community to make. Before it happens, all viable alternatives need to be exhausted. Early Saturday, gunfire broke out in Mac’s Club, at 89 Edgington Lane in Wheeling. A man was killed and several ...

Taking a Chance On Belmont Fair

One of the highlights of every year is the Belmont County Fair. It will be held this year. Most years, that would not have been in question. The fair’s many volunteers and sponsors work hard to ensure it is held successfully. More than a few obstacles have been overcome in the past to ...

Keep COVID-19 On the Defensive

As the process of “reopening” American picks up speed, some states are reporting disturbing upswings in COVID-19 activity. Thus far, the signs remain good in West Virginia — but we have to be ready for that to change. Generalizations often are risky, but we West Virginians have grown ...

Breaking Up Drug Ring in Our Area

In addition to what appears to be a successful comeback from COVID-19 in our area, law enforcement agencies have chalked up a victory against another epidemic — drug abuse. As we reported during the weekend, a major drug ring was broken up as a result of an investigation spearheaded by ...

Sealing Off Jails, Prisons

Belmont County’s unenviable status as a COVID-19 hotspot came about largely because a state prison is located near St. Clairsville. Of the deaths blamed on the disease, nine of the county’s total of 22 have been inmates at the Belmont Correctional Institution. And of the cumulative ...

Hot Vehicles Can Lead to Tragedies

In all likelihood, the Pittsburgh woman who left her two dogs trapped in her car with the windows up last Tuesday did not realize the danger they were in. People passing by the vehicle did, and called the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department. By the time deputies got to the car, parked in a ...

Limiting Shock Of ‘New Normal’

Public schools should not be viewed as free babysitting services, it has been said. They also should not be relied upon to ensure children are fed nutritiously, however — and West Virginians have seen the limitations on that during the COVID-19 epidemic. Many school food programs will be ...