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Editorials

Learn Whether Cuts Are Needed

With the process of “reopening” our economy seemingly well along in West Virginia, nagging questions remain to be answered for state policymakers. High on the list is how many businesses succumbed to the COVID-19 shutdown and how they will affect the economy as a whole and, more ...

Bailing Out State, Local Governments

It has been nearly three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, providing more than $2 trillion to help Americans cope with the COVID-19 epidemic. West Virginia state government has received $1.25 billion — but it appears not a dime of that can be spent on the most ...

Keeping Airport Oversight Power

No doubt members of the Jefferson County Airport Authority are merely trying to make administration of the facility more efficient. But sometimes, a little red tape serves taxpayers well, and that may be the situation now. Last week, Jefferson County commissioners heard a request from the ...

Giving Those Who Served Us Credit

Throughout the valley, a number of good men and women will be stepping down from local government offices, ranging from municipal councils to boards of education next week. Their successors take office on Wednesday. A few lost re-election bids, but most did not choose to ask voters for new ...

Pick Chancellor For the Future

Higher education in West Virginia has always required innovative, forward-looking leadership. The last few months have reinforced that point, in effect redefining it: Campus shutdowns due to COVID-19 have altered what the future will be like, and how college students will have to be prepared ...

Dancing the Night Away — or Not

For many high school juniors and seniors, the annual prom is a really big deal. Needless to say, it was not this year. Officials in the Toronto school district are discussing whether the young men and women can still have their big evening. During their meeting last week, Toronto Board ...

Accomplishing Reform in Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is right: Proposals for law enforcement reforms “have been around for a long time — and it’s time for us to take action.” DeWine unveiled his recommendations for change last week. They include common-sense changes such as no longer allowing the Ohio State ...

Get Ready for New Approach at Fairs

The Jefferson County Fair, from Aug. 23-28, will not be what area residents have become accustomed to over the course of many years. Neither will similar events elsewhere. “It’s not the fair we were hoping for,” noted Jefferson County Agricultural Society President Ray Hilderbrand. He ...

Mental Health Aid Important

Good for Steubenville Municipal Judge John Mascio for doing something about what virtually every judge sees as a problem — criminals facing mental health challenges. Mascio revealed last week that he has obtained $60,000 in grant funding to support establishment of a mental health court. ...

High Court Right On Free Speech

The stance that, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is among the most powerful — and important — comments ever made on freedom of speech. Some attribute it to the French Enlightenment philosopher/historian Voltaire. It is an ...

Minimizing Risks of Vacationing

We hate to break the news to those of you planning to get away from it all for a few days, but there is no such thing as a carefree vacation this summer. That was made clear last week. Eight West Virginians who made the trek to a popular vacation area for people in our state — Myrtle ...

Don’t Relax Precautions

Two weeks ago, there were just 16 active cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Panhandle. As of Sunday, there were 32. Do we get the message? Let us hope so. When Gov. Jim Justice more than a month ago began easing restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, too many West Virginians ...

East Ohio Not Out Of Woods, Either

While West Virginians seem to be experiencing somewhat of a resurgence of COVID-19, East Ohio may be on the mend. The past week has shown a gratifying decrease in cases — except for the state prison in Belmont County, where 62 inmates and staff members remain on the sick list. But ...

Selling OVMC Property Quickly

Wheeling taxpayers are about to become the owners of a hospital, or at least a complex of buildings that served that purpose until last fall. The question now is what to do with the facility. City Council members voted Tuesday night to proceed with acquisition of most of the old Ohio Valley ...

Cleaning Up Site At 19th and Jacob

Plans by Wheeling officials to acquire the old Ohio Valley Medical Center property and use part of it for a new police and fire department headquarters appear to put the lid on a very bad idea. For months, city officials had talked of buying a 2.8-acre tract at the corner of 19th and Jacob ...

New Cases Are Not a Surprise

As we West Virginians get into “reopening” our state in earnest, some have observed, with more than a trace of concern, that the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area and the state as a whole are increasing. Of course they are. Does that mean we need to go back to stay-at-home orders ...

Finishing Corridor H

State officials revealed this week that another $12 million in federal funding has been received for Corridor H. That may be enough to complete the road, they noted. Not really. Corridor H is nearly completed from Elkins to the state’s border with Virginia, near Wardensville. But for many ...

Basing Policy On the Facts

It says something about the prospects for ethane cracker plants that Shell Chemical, after a short break due to COVID-19, has resumed construction of one near Monaca, Pennsylvania. Shell executives seem confident. The governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are being urged to ...

Supporting Fairs

County fairs and various festivals throughout our area serve important purposes. Especially this year, they may be opportunities for recreation may Ohio Valley residents need sorely. But for that very reason — COVID-19 — many special events have been canceled. Not so the Belmont County ...

Guard Against Another Tragedy

It has been 30 years since walls of water swept down Wegee and Pipe creeks in Belmont County, taking 26 lives and changing scores of others forever. Were the events of June 14, 1990 enough to shock both residents of our area and public officials into doing all in their power to keep something ...