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Editorials

Follow Guidelines For Events in Ohio

Ohio is taking more steps toward returning to a new normal as Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a plan for reopening performance venues. Concerts, plays, musicals and other stage performances will be an entertainment option again, with some modifications. We should be used to that by ...

Rethink Income Tax Change Plan

Times are tough for many local governments in our area. Business slowdowns and shutdowns related to COVID-19 have bitten into revenue for many municipalities. But they are hurting many people who live in East Ohio and Northern Panhandle towns and cities, too. Balancing local government ...

Reject Proposal For Impeachment

We suspect Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine would agree to some extent with critics of his handling of the COVID-19 epidemic. Has he made mistakes? Of course. Who hasn’t? But do DeWine’s errors rise to the level of mistakes requiring that he be removed from office? Don’t be ridiculous. Three ...

The Intelligencer Service Endures

Among lessons learned from COVID-19 is that information, strong leadership and a sense of community are vital in times of trial. We at The Intelligencer have lots of experience in providing all three. Today is our 168th birthday. Your newspaper was published first on Aug. 24, 1852. Since ...

Protect the Elderly

Where did we go wrong? What do we need to change to safeguard older West Virginians in nursing homes? State officials — and, for that matter, anyone with an idea of what the answers may be — need to be coming up with solutions. Our most vulnerable West Virginians need better protection ...

Teachers’ Vote Was Important

Because of COVID-19, no one knows how the new school year will go. But Ohio County students and parents will start the term with what we think is an important psychological boost —from the Wheeling Park High School Faculty Senate. Throughout the nation, many educators are worried — no, ...

Bailing Out Brooke Resource Officers

Both Brooke County Board of Education members and county commissioners want to maintain sheriff’s deputies as resource officers in five public schools. Neither group can afford to pay the full cost, estimated at $450,000 a year, however. Despite weeks of discussion of the matter, ...

Paying Mail-In Ballot Postage

Critics of widespread voting by mail really do have some legitimate concerns. But this year, COVID-19 has made them largely academic. Tens of millions of Americans are likely to cast ballots that way. The challenge now is to make the system as efficient and honest as we can. Ohio Secretary ...

Pitching In to Help Students at WLU

College life is not what it used to be for many higher education students. They enjoy housing amenities of which parents and grandparents could never even have dreamed. This fall, 35 West Liberty University students will be living at a resort — really. As we report, WLU officials found ...

Get Grants, Not Loans for Work

Wheeling City Council’s timing in purchasing an old industrial site at 19th and Jacob streets may have been good. That will be so only if municipal officials strike while the iron is hot. Controversy over the property, including about three acres of land and some dilapidated warehouse ...

Renew Existing Shadyside Levies

As we have pointed out many times, local issues and candidates on election ballots are more important in some ways than national races. So it will be during the Nov. 3 general election in Shadyside. There, village council members agreed in July to place two tax levy questions on the Nov. 3 ...

Getting Grants Out Quickly

It is virtually certain that the COVID-19 epidemic has been a death sentence for some small businesses. Months of economic activity slowdowns, combined with the reluctance of some customers to visit retail outlets, restaurants and other businesses, have been hard on entrepreneurs with limited ...

Moving Marina Project Forward

It has been said that fortune favors the brave. So it seems to be for proponents of improvements to the old marina area along Steubenville’s waterfront. It may be recalled that not everyone in city government was optimistic about the project last year. Some city officials worried the ...

Planning Ahead For Paving Work

Nice new layers of asphalt or concrete on city streets are a delight to the motorist’s eye, as well as to his or her vehicle — for as long as they last, that is. Sometimes that is not as long as many people would hope. As we reported a few days ago, the section of Chapline Street ...

Officers’ Courage, Skill on Display

Just a few days ago, we suggested law enforcement agencies in our area ought to have policies intended to ensure the public is not put at risk during high-speed chases. Literally within hours of the editorial’s publication, Wheeling police cruisers were damaged in such a chase. Good for ...

National Guard Funding Critical

West Virginians have had many reasons to be grateful to our National Guard servicemen and women during the past several months. They have been all over the state, including the Northern Panhandle, taking leadership roles in fighting COVID-19. But the cost of keeping them on duty constantly ...

Keeping Officers In Weirton Schools

Part of an initiative to restructure the Weirton Police Department was to have included eliminating use of two of its personnel as resource officers at Weir middle and high schools. Fortunately, that will not happen. City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo said last week the city officers will ...

Helping Police Stop Violence

Local residents can be grateful that our communities are not Chicago, Washington, Cleveland or other cities where violence so often claims innocent lives, including children. An element in some of our towns threatens to make us small carbon copies of urban areas where murderous criminals ...

Genuine Public Hearing Important

No one can say how threatening COVID-19 will be in our area by Sept. 14. As we have seen, the number of local people affected by the virus can skyrocket in just a few days. Its ups and downs have been quite a headache for the Wheeling Planning Commission, which has been attempting for ...

Consider Solar Power Project

Doing what little they can to ensure their city’s residents benefit from reliable electricity service at the lowest cost possible ought to be St. Clairsville City Council’s goal. At one time, that might have ruled out municipal support for alternative energy projects. Now, council ...