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Editorials

WVU Medicine Right Choice for Wheeling

It’s been in the works for years, but we couldn’t have been more pleased last week than to report on Wheeling Hospital officially becoming part of the WVU Medicine family. For local residents, that means better access to medical professionals here, in Morgantown and throughout the 17 ...

Higher Ed Takes Beating in Budget

Lawmakers know they have tough choices to make when it is time to cut spending. They are supposed to look for fraud, waste, incompetence, redundancy and all the items for which there is no explanation other than “that’s the way it’s always been.” Instead, state senators who approved a ...

Don’t Limit Solar, Wind Plans in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 52 and House Bill 118, which would create a referendum process on certificates for large wind and solar facilities, before they go before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Though the pretense is that such a measure is good, because it would place ...

Setting Priorities At Local Schools

Administrators in Ohio County Schools have been quick to tout the progress on a $2 million taxpayer investment for a turf-covered, multi-use sports field being built next to Wheeling Park High School. Those same administrators, though, seem to be resistant to efforts to spend just about that ...

New Ohio Program Visualizing Results

More than a third of Ohio is part of Appalachia. Those of us living along the Ohio River know quite well the similarities in communities on either side of that boundary. Among them is a challenge being tackled by a Foundation for Appalachian Ohio proposal, which has been deemed “Pay for ...

Make it Shine In West Virginia

As spring approaches, West Virginia residents may turn to cleaning up their yards or larger properties. Winter takes its toll. On a larger scale, it is time to think about this year’s West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which has been pushed back to May 1-15 to give more time for ...

Taking Precautions To Ensure Safety

Americans are a restless bunch in the best of times. Coop us up for a year or so, and there is bound to be an urge to break free and roam. In fact, the Transportation Security Administration says that is exactly what is happening. Airlines are seeing nearly as many travelers as they did this ...

SJR 1 Is Not a Gun Rights Bill

State Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, may have thought he was scoring extra points with a little distraction when he told another media outlet “I think this is a very good chance for us to stand out ground on our Second Amendment rights,” while discussing Senate Joint Resolution 1. SJR 1 is ...

Getting Older W.Va. Residents Protected

West Virginia has done a good job in working to get residents vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Monday, 308,504 people have full protection against the virus, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. West Virginia is ninth overall among the states in the percentage ...

Delaying Mail Not Acceptable Plan

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Ohio Expands Access To COVID-19 Vaccine

Ohioans are witnessing the next phase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and it is an exciting time. Gov. Mike DeWine continues to expand access, as health departments and other vaccine providers can now give shots to anyone over age 16. Meanwhile, there are 15 mass vaccination clinics being ...

Find Compromise With Tax Reform

We regularly forget the lessons we learned as children from the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. But politicians have been rewarded for ideas that are big, exciting — and immediate. Instant gratification makes a better impression with voters than having to play the long ...

Chief’s Cruiser Plan Merits Consideration

The sight of a police cruiser parked on a neighborhood street is enough to deter most criminals. Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger knows this, and is now pushing city leaders to purchase more cruisers and implement a take-home vehicle policy for his department. The idea is worth further ...

Ball Now in W.Va. Northern’s Court

In West Virginia, state code stipulates that any college wanting to offer two-year degree programs in an area already served by a community college needs the consent of that institution to move forward. That means West Virginia Northern Community College — the two-year institution that serves ...

Improving Public Education in Ohio

Ohio residents want to know they are getting their money’s worth, whether it be on a shopping trip or when sending their hard-earned tax money to Columbus. According to researchers at WalletHub, there are a few areas of concern, on the state government front. In its report “Best and Worst ...

A Common Sense Climate Approach

As our nation moves toward a more diversified energy portfolio, the loudest voices touting disastrous ideas such as the Green New Deal would have us believe attending to the health of our planet is an all-or-nothing proposition that requires sacrificing — immediately — those who are ...

Don’t Make Excuses For Fraternity Hazing

Most of us have a tendency to look back on our youth through a filter. Our antics were harmless ... kids will be kids. When we are reminded how reckless we were, we tend to go into a defensive stance. We did nothing wrong, and young people doing the same thing now shouldn’t be in trouble for ...

Keeping Books Open in W.Va.

Making it more difficult for people to learn about potentially serious problems — such as losing one’s home — ought to be the very last thing on the minds of West Virginia legislators. Yet every year, some in Charleston introduce legislation that would effectively do just that. Consider ...

Giving Youngsters A Financial Start

Parents wondering how they can teach their kids to be smart about their financial independence have a tool in Ohio that just got a little bit better. Treasurer Robert Sprague and the Ohio State University are partnering to expand the Real Money, Real World financial literacy program for kids ...

DeWine Should Veto Ohio SB 22

Ohio’s Republican lawmakers, trying for about a year now to rein in Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue public health orders, may finally have the votes to do it. Senate Bill 22 would let Ohio’s General Assembly vote on whether to extend or end states of emergency, modify public ...