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Editorials

Keeping an Eye On Relief Funds

Given the enormous sums of money promised by the federal government over the past year, it is understandable if our state’s municipalities are feeling like they’re in the deep end of the pool when it comes to the millions upon millions headed their way. As part of the American Rescue Plan ...

Keep Focused on Outside Threats

Americans know our nation has been shaken by the events of the past year or so. COVID-19 is only the start of what threw us off track. But reports from the U.S. intelligence community should serve as a warning that we are not alone in having been disrupted, and we’d better be prepared for the ...

Should We Follow Virginia’s Lead?

A small group of West Virginia lawmakers spent much of this year’s legislative session behaving as though they would have been among those opposing our state’s secession from Virginia nearly 160 years ago. Perhaps, then, those folks will look to what Virginia did recently and be more ...

Warner Made Right Choice With Voting Bill

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner was correct to pull a bill before the Legislature that would have changed voting rules in West Virginia. While most of the changes sought in the legislation seemed to make sense, at least two raised eyebrows and likely would have led to fewer ...

Exploring Options To Help Residents

In the midst of a global pandemic that has crippled private-sector companies (but not local, county or state governments, of course), that has created massive levels of unemployment and underemployment around the nation, enters the city of Wheeling telling its residents that they must now pay ...

City-County Cooperation Locally Long Overdue

For years, we have been among a small group locally advocating for enhanced cooperation between leaders in the city of Wheeling and the Ohio County Commission. It appears those efforts may finally be bearing fruit. Last week, city and council officials agreed on considering a coordinated ...

County Should Offer an Explanation on Highlands

Members of the Ohio County Development Authority owe the public a fuller explanation as to why, two weeks after saying they would have a new contract ready for Greg Stewart to manage The Highlands, the board voted 15-3 Thursday to not offer him a contract at all. Ohio County Commissioner Zach ...

HIV Cases Rising In West Virginia

As federal officials are being brought on board to address an HIV outbreak in West Virginia, a warning in February by Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the CDC’s chief of HIV prevention, rings through: “It is possible the current case count represents the tip of the iceberg,” Daskalakis said. ...

Time to Revise Bethlehem Policy

We have no doubt that Bethlehem police officer Rusty Jewell was, as he told our reporter, simply following department policy on Monday afternoon when he dropped Moundsville resident Frank Ott off at a gas station in the village following a traffic accident. Ott, 85, was coherent, according to ...

Ohio Seeing Rising COVID-19 Numbers

Don’t look now, but the COVID-19 pandemic might be getting a fourth wind in Ohio. At one point, Gov. Mike DeWine had assured residents all health orders would be lifted once the state was averaging 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks in a row. Last week, the average was 146 cases per ...

Biden Redefines Infrastructure

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Manchin Opposes Biden Tax Increase

President Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to fund his massive infrastructure plan already has at least one Senate democrat in opposition: Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. During a segment Monday on statewide Talkline, Manchin said raising the corporate tax rate above ...

Starting Point For Immigration

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom coming from a place where it seems preferable to live in holding ...

Praise for One Who Makes a Difference

It’s with much joy that we chronicle all the good works the Rev. Darrell Cummings, pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling, does for his community. Each year, he feeds the hungry and needy with food giveaways at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; he and his staff and a team ...

MARY OTTEN

Mary Theresa (Sell) Otten, 92, died peacefully at Welty Home on Thursday, April 1, 2021. She was born May 11, 1928 in Cumberland, Maryland, daughter of the late John J. and Ellen C. (Kesler) Sell. Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert J. Otten, whom she married in 1975. She ...

Stopping Sale Of Pills Online

Facebook and other social media giants have demonstrated rather handily they can control the content that appears on their platforms when they choose. It is absurd, then, for the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pretend he can do nothing about the continued use of his platform to shill ...

Ohio Making Vaccines Available to Students

Gov. Mike DeWine is working to catch college students while they are still on campus, to get them a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine shot from Johnson & Johnson. With Ohio’s institutions of higher learning getting the chance to offer vaccine clinics for students, an important step is being ...

Senate Tax Plan Muddies Water

For most people, the word “compromise” conjures images of meeting in the middle, taking good components from two ideas and blending them into a new idea that works well for as many people as possible. It appears as though the West Virginia state Senate thinks of compromise as introducing a ...

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 ...