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Editorials

Law Enforcement Bill Merits Action

The overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers and deputies are good men and women who use force only when there is no alternative. They should not have to serve alongside brutes who view badges as licenses to harm other people — and sometimes kill them. Ohio legislators, some ...

Reopening Our Nursing Homes

Relatives and friends of people who live in West Virginia’s 123 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will be allowed to resume visiting with them in person on June 17, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. There will be limitations, Justice said, but the complete ban on ...

Letting Public Be Heard at Meetings

Demonstrations in the streets are a far cry from complaints voiced in city council meetings. Still, Steubenville City Councilwoman Asantewa Anyabwile is right that in either case, people want to be heard by their elected officials. Anyabwile made the point during a city council meeting ...

Getting W.Va. 2 Project Started

For more than three years, West Virginia Division of Highways officials have been thinking about how to solve a traffic obstacle in New Cumberland. Anyone who has ever driven W.Va. 2 through the community knows what it is — two 90-degree turns within a few feet of each other. They are ...

Rethink Canceled Fireworks Shows

Officials in some Ohio Valley communities already have decided, reluctantly, to cancel Independence Day fireworks shows that have been staples of the holiday for generations. Cancellations have been because of concern that social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 could not be ...

Cooperating On Apex Landfill

For many years, the Apex landfill has been a problem in Jefferson County. If public officials can help correct it — at no cost to taxpayers — they should be willing to make the attempt. First, however, there needs to be trust between the public and the landfill’s operator. It will ...

Social Media Can Be Threat to Job

Bellaire officials had no responsible choice but to fire a village employee for posting racial slurs on social media. They did so last week, after a closed-door session of Bellaire Village Council. Municipal Solicitor Michael Shaheen termed the man’s posts as “disturbing.” Even had ...

Coal Remains Vital to Nation

Being told you may be handed a pink slip, even though you have done your job conscientiously, comes as a shock. It is one 1,522 local men and women have received. As we reported, Murray Energy Corp. has issued government-required notices that the employees, who work in the coal industry in ...

Using Taxpayers’ Money Illegally

The idea that government officials should be good stewards of taxpayers’ money does not seem to have caught on. New evidence that some bureaucrats do not see that as important comes from a report by Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer. Meyer’s report details illegal, extravagant and ...

Voting Really Is Important

Perhaps you were preoccupied with other things and simply forgot to request the mail-in absentee ballot you intended to use for the Tuesday primary election in West Virginia. Well, you reasoned, the early voting system was available. But that ended Saturday — and you missed it, ...

Keeping Guns, Kids Separated

A family in Cleveland continues to mourn after a 12-year-old boy and his brother found a loaded gun in their father’s truck and tragedy followed last week. Donell King Jr., 12, died after having attempted to take the gun away from his brother, who had picked it up. The gun went off and ...

W.Va. Schools Need Reformer

West Virginia Board of Education members plan to select a new state superintendent of schools on Wednesday. In many ways, it will be the most important decision made in our state this summer. That is saying a lot, of course. The upheaval caused by COVID-19 has had and will continue to have ...

Find, Punish State Benefits Cheaters

State officials have had to deal with an avalanche of West Virginians seeking unemployment compensation during the past several weeks, because of business restrictions linked to the COVID-19 epidemic. It appears a number of low-lifes attempted to capitalize on the confusion. Some of them ...

Flood Recovery Delay Intolerable

Among the heroes of the COVID-19 epidemic in West Virginia are the men and women of the state’s National Guard. Many have worked tirelessly at great sacrifice to themselves and their families, sometimes risking their own health to aid fellow Mountain State residents. They have been busy ...

Delay FOG Rules To Aid Businesses

So, you are the owner or manager of a restaurant or other food service business hit hard by COVID-19 shutdowns. You and your staff have struggled to keep your establishment alive. Now, there is light at the end of the tunnel. You have reopened or are nearly ready to do so. Where’s your ...

Hold Meeting On GC&P Plan

Problem solved — or let us hope it was by Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement on Thursday. Wheeling Planning Commission members have wanted for weeks to hold a public meeting regarding the GC&P Development plan for a hilltop overlooking the city’s Woodsdale neighborhood. It calls for ...

Battling Junk Buildings, Dumps

Clearly frustrated with his part-time job on behalf of Brooke County residents, Anthony “Butch” Rotellini quit on Tuesday. Rotellini has been a part-time investigator of illegal dumping and dilapidated structures. Showing county commissioners a stack of 12 pending complaints, he said ...

School Funds Future Unclear

Less state funding may be available to support Ohio public schools in the future. Unfortunately, “less” and “future” are very vague terms — but for now, they are all the guidance local education officials have. Indian Creek Local School District officials were told a few days ago ...

Benwood Pool Is Success Story

How nice it is to be able to report some really good news, for a change! It comes from Benwood, where officials and residents overcame far more than COVID-19 to get the municipal swimming pool open this year. In August 2018, city officials were forced to close the old pool, built in ...

Keep Protests Free of Trouble

It will be surprising if any true outside agitators come into our area in attempts to convert our peaceful protests into riots. Troublemakers such as those in Antifa have bigger fish to fry in the nation’s urban areas. Our small town nature, even in the Ohio Valley’s cities, is an ...