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Editorials

Be Thoughtful With New Maps

How political districts for state and federal offices in Ohio get drawn this year will be different from how it was done 10 years ago, and 10 years before that. Gerrymandering — the to-the-victor-go-the-spoils approach previously employed — has been done away with, mostly, for a new plan ...

Tackling VA Mess

President Joe Biden’s pick for Veterans Affairs Secretary, Denis McDonough, has his work cut out for him in West Virginia. In fact, he might wonder what in the world has been going on in the Mountain State, after former night shift nursing assistant Reta Mays pleaded guilty last year to seven ...

McKinley Right On Energy Policy

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. The idea is that as the political process works, other ideas are heard and compromises are made, and both ...

Investigate Fraud With Jobless Claims

As the number of applications for unemployment assistance exploded all over the country, so did the opportunities for fraud — theft of taxpayer dollars. Officials in most states have been working hard against it, but the onslaught is overwhelming. Ohio Job and Family Services Director Kim ...

Black History Month Time for Reflection

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

Underground Railroad Museum a Hidden Gem

The late John Mattox did a service for our entire area when he founded the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing. This month, as part of Black History Month, the museum will pay tribute virtually to a different person or event that played a key role in Black history. “I’m just ...

DeWine Should End COVID Curfew

We are glad to see Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to relax the Ohio COVID-19 curfew by one hour, but we’ll be even more pleased when it goes away completely. That’s because the curfew has produced little to no measurable results in combating the spread of COVID-19. DeWine first announced ...

Manchin to Serve Key Role in Senate

West Virginians have good reason to be optimistic — hopeful, even — as an influential advocate finds himself in position to do good things not only for the Mountain State, but for all of rural America. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has been named chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. ...

Wheeling Should Do More for Businesses

Wheeling leaders find themselves in a rather enviable position early in 2021, as the city’s coffers are flush with cash despite the economic challenges experienced over the past year. That’s why a plan to offer Business and Occupation tax relief to some small retail establishments in the ...

Bates a Tireless Airpark Volunteer

While there have been plenty of changes during the last several decades at the Jefferson County Airpark, there also have been many constants. Among those has been the work of Geary A. Bates, whose efforts were recognized on Jan. 21 when the Jefferson County commissioners renamed the airport ...

Just a Little Patience …

Nobody likes sitting in traffic, but if you work along National Road in Wheeling or at institutions such as Wheeling University or Wheeling Hospital, you should remember to set your alarm a little earlier come Monday, as Phase 2 of the Interstate 70 Bridges project gets underway. This phase ...

West Virginians Deserve Better

For years, West Virginia leaders have been urged to think outside the box when it comes to economic development. While the state always needs to be evaluating new ways to attract businesses, officials cannot lose sight of those initiatives — as appears to be the case with a loan program ...

Sen. Portman Served Ohio and Nation Well

Ohio residents received disappointing news Monday, as Sen. Rob Portman announced he does not plan to seek re-election in 2022, and that he plans to retire from public life. Portman, a Republican, shares the frustrations of many Americans, as he explained extreme partisan politics are a ...

Setting Example For the Rest of Us

Love thy neighbor. That is the essence of the Golden Rule. Yet it seems that many of us have forgotten about it — or at least how to abide by it — in today’s political environment. Fortunately that is not always the case, as demonstrated by a pair of neighbors in Belmont who have ...

Resource Officer Deal Requires Explanation

We were pleased to learn Monday that the Ohio County Board of Education and Ohio County Commission are close to a new contract that, if approved, will keep deputies in local schools. However, as the deal nears completion, the public deserves an explanation as to exactly why deputies weren’t ...

COVID Numbers Need to Match

For nearly a year, COVID-19 has been making its mark on Ohio, sickening residents and claiming lives. Throughout that period, state officials have made admirable efforts to keep the public informed. Gov. Mike DeWine has addressed Buckeye State residents at least weekly, and the Ohio Department ...

Wheeling Elks Continue To Support Area Youth

College is expensive, and students and families often incur thousands of dollars in debt to pay for an education. The Wheeling Elks organization has made the burden of college at least a little more tolerable for two local families. Lakyn Parker and Grant Swift, both seniors at John ...

Caution Urged With New Tech

The city of Weirton soon will join others around the state — including Wheeling — in collecting license plate information from vehicles. The tool is designed to help law enforcement solve crimes and put together patterns by tracking license plate information. However, there are concerns ...

Taking a Hard Look At Buckeye State Budget

Most Ohioans have felt the financial strain as the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on our nation. Despite a couple of federal stimulus efforts, the struggle grinds on. State government has been affected to, and Gov. Mike DeWine responded properly last week when he ordered $390 million in ...

Working Together To Heal the Nation

It has been more than a decade, but once again the Democratic Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. For some, that might mean expectations of a change in the way our elected officials interact with one another. But not for West Virginians. We know our congressional delegation ...