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Editorials

Fighting Back To Beat Virus

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct Saturday in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. We Americans have been very lucky for more than a century and ...

DeWine Correct In New Mandate

It has not escaped Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s notice that delay can be deadly in dealing with COVID-19. States and nations where decisive action to fight the disease was not taken expeditiously have suffered terribly. On Sunday, DeWine issued an order that Buckeye State residents not leave ...

Pitch In, Fellow West Virginians

Are you part of the 40%? If so, you need to start doing your part. Your failure is putting lives at risk — those of your fellow West Virginians. That messages comes from Gov. Jim Justice — and it may be the most important thing he has said in his entire life. Justice spoke Saturday ...

Charitable Groups Will Need Aid, Too

Even during normal times, many among us rely on non-profit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing. In addition, there are charities that provide help for ...

Begin Planning For Later W.Va. Election

By May 12, COVID-19 may be no more than a very bad memory in West Virginia. If so, voters in our state will be able to go to the polls for the primary election scheduled for that date. State officials continue to plan for the primary to be held as scheduled. As matters stand, that may not ...

Maintaining Vital Services

Most of the news about government’s response to COVID-19 has been released at the state and federal levels. But as the epidemic spreads, local governments will become more and more critical. Some municipal and county officials in our area already have begun planning for that time. Those ...

Patronizing Our Local Businesses

Many local business people — and their employees — will get through the COVID-19 epidemic with their physical health intact but their finances ravaged. For those involved with restaurants and bars, the damage already is severe because of closure orders in West Virginia and ...

West Virginians Will Need Help

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. Blame COVID-19. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We ...

Shoddiness Unacceptable

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right the next time. There will be a next time. We ...

This Is Not The Time for Politics

Should Gov. Mike DeWine have called the Ohio General Assembly into session last week to decide whether the state’s primary election should have been delayed? Of course. Should Secretary of State Frank LaRose have left it up to lawmakers to set a new date for the election? Probably. But ...

Avoid Abuse Of Test Process

Expect some of the same people who beat you to the last package of toilet tissue at the grocery store to be lining up at Wheeling Hospital’s COVID-19 testing tents at Wheeling Park. Our plea to them is that they not endanger the lives of neighbors by doing so. Inconveniencing others by ...

Protecting Fellow West Virginians

In revealing last night that West Virginia has our first confirmed case of COVID-19, in the Eastern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice reminded us that we have the power to beat the coronavirus. “Our power to combat this disease is our power to stay apart,” the governor explained. By that, he ...

Decisive Steps Vital in W.Va.

Gov. Jim Justice took dramatic action last night to help West Virginians battle COVID-19. He ordered that restaurants, bars and casinos be closed, except for take-out orders. Justice also revealed our state has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, in the Eastern Panhandle. Nothing like ...

Awakening to Peril Of New Diseases

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breathe, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Keeping Kids Fed in W.Va.

No doubt we were not alone in wondering how closure of West Virginia’s public schools would impact children who rely on them for nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Silly us. We forgot where we live. As we have reported, many local schools have programs in place to ensure that meals are ...

Don’t Panic, Just Behave Prudently

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t ...

Victims Should Not Stay Silent

What a brave, compassionate young woman Raelin Scurry is. Bless her for that. Scurry was a sixth-grader in 2006, living in the home of Steubenville pastor Everett Mitchell, 41 — when he began sexually abusing her. That continued until 2010. On Tuesday, she was in Jefferson County Common ...

State Vehicles Used Improperly

Elected officials walk a fine line between public appearances required by their jobs and appearances that turn out to be campaign stops. In the Buckeye State, a newspaper’s investigation revealed a few state officials who appear to have done a bit of scrambling to ensure they did not step ...

Being Proactive On COVID-19

Gov. Jim Justice had an ironclad answer Friday, in the form of a question, to those who wonder why he closed public schools in West Virginia despite the absence then of a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in our state: “How would you answer the question, ‘Why did you wait?’” No ...

Keeping PROs In Brooke Schools

Financial problems faced by the Brooke County school system are so severe that they fall close to the “all bets are off” category. Because of an error in calculations regarding a property tax levy, school officials have found themselves with $3.2 million a year less than had been ...