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Editorials

Being Proactive On COVID-19

Gov. Jim Justice had an ironclad answer Friday, in the form of a question, to those who wonder why he closed public schools in West Virginia despite the absence then of a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in our state: “How would you answer the question, ‘Why did you wait?’” No ...

Keeping PROs In Brooke Schools

Financial problems faced by the Brooke County school system are so severe that they fall close to the “all bets are off” category. Because of an error in calculations regarding a property tax levy, school officials have found themselves with $3.2 million a year less than had been ...

Finding Ways We Can Help

Beginning Monday, public schools in West Virginia and Ohio will be closed as a precaution against COVID-19, the coronavirus. That makes sense from a public health standpoint — but it will result in difficulty for many children and families. Our communities, quick to respond to need in ...

Wise Course Is Facts, Not Fear

“Share facts, not fear.” It is the best advice we have heard regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus. It came from Dr. Clark Milton, chairman of Wheeling Hospital’s infection control committee and director of corporate health, on Tuesday. One key to remaining calm is to understand this: ...

Ensure Students Are the Priority

Perkins Field, where the Bridgeport High School Bulldogs played football for generations, was a showpiece. The Bill Jobko Stadium boasted a covered seating area over an old-fashioned wooden grandstand. But time and regular floods took their toll. The stadium is beyond repair. School ...

Stay Safe While Out on the Water

It is natural that in our area, boating is a popular recreational pastime. With spring on the horizon, owners of watercraft large and small are ready for a new season. Already, we have been reminded by a tragedy of the absolute necessity of being careful while boating. On Sunday, a ...

Change Agent Can Be Vital

For one reason or another, the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority was a mess just a couple of years ago. A sort of night-and-day transformation has occurred, and it provides an important lesson for those who oversee local government agencies. More than 660 units of public housing are ...

Keeping Weirton Books Balanced

Facing a severe “cash-flow problem,” Weirton City Council has voted to employ a private company to tip municipal officials off to businesses that owe taxes and license fees, but have not paid them. City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo said the collection effort will target businesses that ...

Give Public Critical Facts

Three people in Ohio have contracted COVID-19, state officials revealed Monday. Members of the public know where they live and how they came in contact with the coronavirus that causes the disease, in addition to other relevant facts. Will West Virginians be informed in a similar fashion, ...

Every Little Bit Helps on Roads

Monroe County officials are being encouraged to participate in the state’s Transportation Improvements District initiative. Forty-six of Ohio’s 88 counties already have. Ohio Department of Transportation official Joe Uecker met with county commissioners and others last week to explain ...

Give Lawmakers, Governor Credit

West Virginia politicians can fight like cats and dogs — or, perhaps more apt these days, like Democrats and Republicans at the national level. But events of the past week in Charleston have given Mountain State residents reason for confidence that when it is crucial, thoughtful, ...

Ensure Testing Lab Is Adequate

West Virginians suspected of having contracted COVID-19 — the “coronavirus” — will have their tests processed in Charleston, rather than by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gov. Jim Justice revealed. Justice said state testing will be conducted at the ...

Curb Jefferson County Budget

Government budgets, even those at the local level, seldom seem to get any smaller. Year after year, spending creep cuts deeper into taxpayers’ pockets. It has to stop, Jefferson County commissioners believe. They are putting department heads on notice that a big crackdown is coming — ...

Taking Action On Unsafe Buildings

Most of our reports regarding action against dilapidated, often unsafe, buildings originates in municipalities. But there are junk structures in rural areas and small towns without the resources to address the situation, too. In Hancock County, an Abandoned Building Ordinance Committee has ...

Don’t Be Secretive About COVID-19

Though two cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, have been identified in Pennsylvania, residents of the state’s western counties know they have no immediate cause for concern. That is because Gov. Tom Wolf, in revealing the information Friday, noted the two cases are in Delaware and Wayne ...

Tourism Funding Wise by Lawmakers

For a few days last week, West Virginia legislators had planned to balance the state budget for next year by reducing some line items sought by Gov. Jim Justice. One cut was $5 million from the state Tourism Office. Ironically, as that cutting was going on, Justice and tourism officials were ...

Consider Drug Tests at WPHS

More than 17% of high school students in West Virginia are considered “current users” of marijuana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3.8% have tried harder drugs from cocaine to methamphetamines. Any more questions about why Ohio County school officials ...

Secrecy Only Adds To Public’s Fears

COVID-19 may have come to West Virginia. At the end of last week, three Mountain State residents were being monitored for possible exposure to the disease. But state Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch did not reveal where the people live. Apparently he is emulating ...

Bill Johnson Earns Vote

Few public officials are as deserving as U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, of proclaiming that they have earned our votes. Johnson’s record in Congress is one of staying in touch with constituents to know what their concerns are — then acting decisively on them in Washington. Johnson serves ...

Don’t Let Good Legislation Die

With just hours left in the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature — it ends at midnight — the focus is on approving a state budget for the coming year. That means any number of other important measures will fall through the proverbial cracks. Some of that is by design. One ...