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Editorials

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 ...

Continue Probing November Election

President Donald Trump’s futile attempt to salvage his re-election bid by alleging widespread balloting irregularities was doomed virtually from the start. But members of Congress — both Democrat and Republican — should not let the matter rest. President-elect Joe Biden won the ...

Improving W.Va. ‘Remote Learning’

No doubt many teachers, students and parents in West Virginia will agree with our nomination for contradiction in terms of the past year: “remote learning.” It simply has not worked well for tens of thousands of Mountain State children who have had to stay away from the classrooms for ...

Saving Suspension Bridge Imperative

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott is far from alone in viewing our city’s historic Suspension Bridge as a treasure that must be saved. Many thoughtful local residents understand the bridge is more than just a huge steel-and-stone structure. It certainly is true the span, more than 170 years ...

Ohio School Funding Reform Vital in 2021

It was in 1997 that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled the state’s system of funding public education was unconstitutional. Since then, attempt after attempt to come up with an adequate replacement has come up short. High hopes were expressed for a solution late last year, but General Assembly ...

Limiting W.Va. Budget Vital

If there has been one great survivor of the economic chaos of 2020, it is government. Many towns, cities, counties and states are emerging from the COVID-19 epidemic in much better shape than some officials expected. West Virginia is no exception. Within a few days, Mountain State residents ...

Saving, Creating Jobs Is Priority

Gov. Jim Justice deserves credit for avoiding the kinds of business restrictions that have cost millions of Americans their jobs during the COVID-19 epidemic. Unemployment statistics reflect the wisdom of that approach. The last federal report showed 6.4% of West Virginia’s workforce was ...

Play It Safe This Evening

Is there anyone among us not eager to ring out this particular old year? We doubt it. Hardly had 2020 gotten off to a good start before the COVID-19 virus made its appearance in the United States. New Year’s Eve traditionally is a time of celebration, and we can still have that. But for ...

Crack Down on DUI

For thoughtful people, this New Year’s Eve will be different. As we note in the editorial above, playing it safe tonight is wise. Some people will not do that. They will find ways to drink too much, then drive. Local law enforcement agencies will be watching for them. We encourage police ...

Vaccinate Older People Quickly

We know that older people are much more likely than younger ones to have their lives cut short by COVID-19. It is a disease they preys primarily on the elderly. In both West Virginia and Ohio, state officials have made vaccinating older people against the virus a top priority. Residents of ...

Keeping More People in W.Va.

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released last week indicate West Virginia has lost another 10,476 residents in the past year alone. While the nation as a whole grew approximately 0.35% between July 2019 and July 2020 (the slowest growth in 12 years), the Mountain State was going backwards, as ...