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Editorials

Refining Charter School Provisions

Legislation permitting charter schools in West Virginia was enacted last year, after quite a battle over the matter. In order to overcome complaints about the issue, lawmakers approved a less-than-perfect set of regulations. As we predicted, it turns out one of the most troublesome is ...

Voters’ Verdict Is Conservative

No doubt President Donald Trump’s popularity in West Virginia did help “down-ballot” Republican candidates last Tuesday. But more was at play in successes enjoyed by the GOP in state Legislature races. Already in control of both the state Senate and House of Delegates, Republicans ...

Election Workers, Officials Did Well

We have already made clear our admiration for and gratitude to local election officials and workers. We have heard of none in the Northern Panhandle or East Ohio who did anything but a superb job last Tuesday. But as several states continue counting votes, we want to make one more ...

Consider Reforms

Tuesday’s election did go well in West Virginia. Could it have been even better? Of course. State legislators — working with political party leaders — should take a hard look at our state’s election laws. Provisions for mail-in absentee ballots and early voting ought to receive ...

Equal Treatment Not Achievable

Much of the official campaign against COVID-19 has been in reaction to localized outbreaks of the disease. Our local, state and federal officials have done the best they could, but their efforts often have required a guessing game. Virtually no one saw the epidemic coming, so that is ...

Loyalty to Voters Critical in W.Va.

West Virginia voters’ solid support of Republican candidates after many years of backing Democrats for president has been remarked upon repeatedly by national political pundits. So certain of their analysis were they Tuesday night that many “called” our state for President Donald Trump ...

Levy Margin Shows Voting Is Important

Had fewer than 1% of voters who supported a property tax levy for Indian Creek schools stayed home on Tuesday, the issue would have been rejected. Unofficial election returns show the levy was approved by a vote of 4,991-4,954. Only 37 votes separated the two totals. Though the levy is a ...

Rules Change Is Not Needed

There must be a better way. Many West Virginians and Ohioans may have been muttering that Tuesday as they thought about mailed-in absentee ballots that had not reached election officials by yesterday. It may be that millions of ballots were put in the mail too late to be included in the ...

Precinct Workers Deserve Credit

Combine a deadly epidemic with historically high voter turnout on Tuesday and it would have been no wonder if voting precinct workers had suffered meltdowns. But we heard nothing but good things about them on Tuesday. By all accounts, they handled voters with the calm efficiency so many ...

Today, Voters Take Control

It is our turn. After months of often harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail — not infrequently by candidates far down the ballot from president — today is Election Day. Finally, we voters take center stage. Those who have not bothered to learn about the candidates and issues, from ...

Nutcracker Village Changes Prudent

Many activities to which area residents look forward all year had to be canceled this summer and fall, because of COVID-19. With the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons coming up, more difficult decisions will have to be made. Organizers of the annual Nutcracker Village in Steubenville were ...

Go Slow On Senior Centers

One reason why senior citizens’ centers are popular among many older people is that they provide companionship. Just being around other people, never mind other offerings such as food and activities at the centers, is a big attraction. Loneliness can be adverse to one’s health. So can ...

Honoring All Who Served in WWII

Before long, the last American military veteran of World War II will be gone from among us. We can never thank and honor them adequately — but a request by all five members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation would provide an appropriate formal and national expression of ...

Voting Important To All This Year

Every election is important. The one scheduled for Tuesday may be the most important in recent memory, however. Put aside the question of the presidency for a moment. Many communities in our area will be electing local officials. Some will be deciding the fate of tax levy proposals. All will ...

Making It Easier To Cast a Ballot

In-person early voting has been one of the most helpful innovations offered to West Virginians during recent years. If you don’t trust mail-in absentee ballots or simply enjoy going in person to a polling place, it is excellent insurance against not being able to get to your precinct on ...

Keep McCuskey As State Auditor

We West Virginians are, sad to say, very familiar with crooked officials in local government. Fortunately, we have a watchdog on guard against them, and his ferocity has been demonstrated many times during recent years. He is state Auditor John “J.B.” McCuskey, and he is running for ...

Honesty Proves Best Health Policy

Public health officials in many areas have complained the battle against COVID-19 is hampered by failure of many people to be honest about contact tracing. That is the process of learning where and from whom people contracted the disease. Obviously, not providing honest answers to health ...

Involve Public In School Plan

Shadyside Board of Education members have been discussing a massive project to construct a new school. The sooner a substantial percentage of the public becomes involved, the better. Though construction of the new school complex is not expected to begin for several years, it is not too ...

Acting to Curb Violence in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right in a comment he made earlier this month. “We should all be sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and seeing the things that we see literally every day — our fellow Ohioans injured or killed through senseless violence.” We suspect most Buckeye State ...

Getting Out The Vote Vital

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...