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Editorials

Environmentalism Can Save Money

One does not have to be a climate change alarmist to recognize that energy efficiency is a very good thing. Sometimes it materializes in places and ways most people would not imagine. On Tuesday, East Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority officials and employees held a celebratory ...

Bring a ‘Miracle’ To Steubenville

Surely there is a way Steubenville-area residents with special needs can enjoy a recreation field that also serves those who do not have to cope with physical limits. The idea of a “miracle field” does not have to be an either-or proposition. An organization called Urban Frontier has ...

Charters Fewer In Number, But Better

For a few years, Ohio served as a model for other states in how not to do charter schools. That is changing. When Buckeye State policymakers permitted charter schools — institutions operated privately but receiving government funding — they went overboard in exempting them from ...

A Day to Show Our Area Cares

How appropriate it is that today is an occasion of compassion and hope in our area. Eighteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a band of murderers massacred nearly 3,000 people in the United States. They wanted to strike terror into the hearts of Americans. They hoped 9/11 would be a date on which ...

A-10 a Reminder Of Military Might

Welcome back, Maj. Alberts. And thank you. As we reported, Wheeling native Jonathon “Cliffy” Alberts is now a major in the Maryland Air National Guard. On Thursday, he plans to bring an A-10 aircraft — popularly known as a “Warthog” — to the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. He ...

Getting It Right In St. Clairsville

Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money, but it may be a wise investment for St. Clairsville City Council. Disagreement over what to do about the municipal water system has divided council, and many residents of the community, for some time. It is obvious major repairs and improvements ...

Nature, Economy Go Hand in Hand

Conserving precious plants, animals and places is a critical responsibility in West Virginia. No one does it better than the Nature Conservancy. Some people who see themselves as environmentalists favor confrontation as a way to achieve their goals. But the Conservancy is based on the ...

Funding Weirton Senior Center

Weirton City Council members were told last Wednesday that the senior citizens center serving the community needs help. Surely there is some way to provide the relatively modest subsidy required. Important assistance including recreation and a meals program for older Weirton residents are ...

Checking Your Status as a Voter

Tens of thousands of people on Ohio voter registration rolls should not be there. Some have changed addresses. Others have died. Some may not have cast ballots in many years. Getting those names off the registration lists is an important aspect of election security. Last week, a federal ...

Collecting Money Owed by Alecto

When Wheeling officials agreed to provide substantial economic incentives to keep Ohio Valley Medical Center in operation two years ago, they did so openly and in good faith. And for several months, they have continued to demonstrate that concern for the community by not pressing Alecto ...

Time Is of Essence To Protect Bridge

A survey conducted by the Friends of Wheeling preservation group makes the need for quick action to protect the historic Suspension Bridge clear. As we reported, five people from the group watched the bridge for four hours one day. They saw 707 vehicles pass over it. Of that number 141 ...

Working Toward A Bright Future

One of the biggest days in Wheeling’s year-long observance of the 250th anniversary of our founding as a community is today. At 1 p.m., a celebratory parade will take place downtown. Prior to that, city dignitaries will visit Walnut Grove Cemetery in Martins Ferry, to place wreaths on the ...

Placing Blame Where It Belongs

Alecto Healthcare officials’ decision to shut down Ohio Valley Medical Center a full month before they had announced previously was bad enough. It was, in a word, wrong. In suspending health care services, some critical, with just hours’ notice, Alecto made it clear to the community at ...

Care Center Sale Is Best Course

Action Monroe County commissioners took after discussing potential sale of the county-owned Care Center made it clear divesting themselves of the facility is the best course. Several weeks ago, Commissioners Carl Davis and Tim Price voted to sell the facility. Commissioner Mick Schumacher ...

OSU Not Model For Rest of Ohio

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum ...

Giving People Chance to Speak

It is a safe bet that many of those involved in the controversy over a proposed new bank office in the Edgwood neighborhood of Wheeling wish the matter was over and done with. Yet Wheeling City Council members, who many had expected would vote on the issue this week, were right to table ...

West Virginians Ready to Assist

As residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and even North Carolina flee from the path of Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Jim Justice has offered them shelter here in the Mountain State through discounted rates at our state parks, room for their animals (pet fees waived at the parks and a reminder ...

Mental Health Services Critical

The situation regarding Ohio Valley Medical Center is no longer just an emergency. It is a looming crisis. News that acute care and emergency medical services at OVMC were being suspended Wednesday came as quite a shock. California-based Alecto Healthcare had projected OVMC would close in ...

Turn Teens Away From Gang Life

Jacob Gill, of Toronto, may spend the next 15 years in prison for his role in a confrontation that ended with a death. Gill is just 17 years old. Ka’Saun Carlock, of Steubenville, pleaded guilty of murder in the same case, involving the death of Dylan Monroe, 18, of Toronto in August ...

Hoping Revenue Shows Rebound

Within a few days, state officials will make public information on how much money West Virginia state government collected in August. Keep your fingers crossed, especially if you want to see more potholes patched. Revenue in July, the first month of the new fiscal year, was far below what ...