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Editorials

Tellitocci Earned Benwood’s Thanks

Many communities are blessed by a few residents who take personal interest in their towns and cities — and are willing to roll up their sleeves and toil to make life better for all of their neighbors. Joseph “Joe” Tellitocci Jr. was that kind of man for his town, Benwood. Among the ...

Manchin Made Right Decision

West Virginians got good news this week: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will remain in Washington. He revealed Tuesday that he has decided not to run for governor next year. For months, Manchin, a Democrat, had been considering a campaign for governor. In all likelihood, at least for now, his ...

Increased Funding Right Thing to Do

Seldom is a big increase in government spending cause for rejoicing. But the decision by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state legislators to boost funding to help at-risk children is just that. Ohio’s new two-year budget includes big increases in resources for child protective services. In ...

Licensing Rules Are Important

Most people take it for granted that products and services available on the open market are safe. But only vigilance by local, as well as state and federal, regulatory agencies makes that feeling of protection possible. Good for the Jefferson County Health Department, as well as local law ...

Handling Racial Bias Allegations

Noticeable improvements have taken place in Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority facilities since Melody McClurg was hired as director less than a year ago. For one thing, as authority Chairman Tony Morelli pointed out last week, former management at the JMHA had built up a backlog of ...

Attracting New Jobs to W.Va.

Those of us who have jobs this Labor Day can be grateful for them and, if today is a holiday, happy for a day away from the workplace. Too many of our neighbors, friends and family members have not benefited yet from the upswing in the national economy, however. Here in the Northern ...

Celebrating Those Who Make It Work

Labor Day is an excellent time to reflect that, despite what politicians at all levels often claim, gains in the economy are not really due primarily to their efforts. Those we celebrate today — working men and women — are due the credit. Those who labor day in and day out to provide ...

End the Secrecy Over Vets’ Deaths

Criminal wrongdoing — let us call it what it is, murder — seems to have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. In fact, a serial killer may have claimed the lives of as many as 11 veterans there. Yet federal authorities, despite hinting strongly they have ...

Clearing the Way For WVU Medicine

Precisely what West Virginia University and WVU Medicine officials have in mind to address a looming health care emergency in our area is unknown. What is clear is that WVU Medicine may be the only lifeline available for many of the more than 1,000 people about to lose their jobs at Ohio ...

Gas Executive Right on Values

West Virginians are big on the concept of being good neighbors. So, when the head of the second-largest natural gas producer in our state talks about “old-school values,” we do not feel any need to applaud — because that is what we expect from other people. Nevertheless, recent comments ...

Merrick Correct Regarding Youths

Work by Dr. Gregory Merrick and his team at Wheeling Hospital’s Schiffler Cancer Center has gained attention from throughout the world. That alone would merit recognition by his community. But on Wednesday, as he was honored during the Wheeling YMCA’s annual “Light of the Valley” ...

It’s the Place To Be Labor Day Weekend

Here in Wheeling, we save the best of summer for last. It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means the most fun-packed time of the year here. A variety of events will be available all weekend at Oglebay Park, of course. In addition to the park’s regular recreational opportunities, this weekend ...

Avoid Errors In Ohio ‘Purge’

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose indeed is required by law to oversee a cleanup of voter registration lists in the state’s 88 counties. However, reports of serious errors in the process suggest pausing it for a time may not be a bad idea. Some Democratic Party leaders, in a pattern ...

Killing Fossil Fuels Is Sanders’ Goal

One need not be a fan of coal or of reasonably priced electricity generated by that fuel to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Dealing With Maroney Arrest

Obviously, state Sen. Mike Maroney should resign if he is guilty of the prostitution-related charges filed against him in Marshall County — and the sooner, the better. But Maroney, R-Marshall, enjoys the same protection as any other person: He is innocent until proven guilty. Coming to ...

Think Before You Drink and Drive

Planning to have a few beers after work today? Ready for a night on the town, perhaps a few drinks, with friends this weekend? Stop and think about how lucky one man, who allegedly was driving while intoxicated on Sunday, was that the consequences of his bad judgment were not ...

Getting Fair Shake in Court

After his 2015 federal court conviction, former West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship maintained he had been railroaded by prosecutors. It turns out he was right — according to a magistrate judge. Blankenship headed Massey Energy in 2010, when an explosion at the firm’s Upper Big ...

Obeying Election Rules Important

St. Clairsville Mayor Terry Pugh’s name will be listed on the Nov. 4 election ballot, members of the Belmont County Board of Elections agreed Monday. So will the names of three other candidates for various offices, whose election filings were rejected for the same reason as ...

Don’t Become Big Loser Online

Opportunities to gamble are all around us. West Virginia has more than 6,200 video betting terminals in bars, restaurants, etc. More than 6,100 of the devices operate in casinos, where table gambling also is available. If you prefer old-fashioned wagering, lottery tickets can be purchased at ...

Cracking Down On ‘Robocalls’

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to ‘robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem ...