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Editorials

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 ...

Get Resource Officer Contract Completed

Prevention resource officers provide a needed service within our schools. Outside of their obvious role of securing a school and keeping students and staff safe, officers also serve as role models for many young students. That’s why a dispute between the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department ...

Drug Overdose Deaths on Rise

A stark reminder on the dangers of opioid abuse came last week when Ohio Attorney General David Yost released a report that shows the state’s death rate from opioid overdoses at 11.01 deaths per 100,000 population in the second quarter of 2020. That’s the highest rate in the last ...

Vaccination Registry Right Move for W.Va.

We field calls every day from local residents eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and almost all of the inquiries deal with frustration in getting through on the phone banks set up by local county health departments for vaccine clinics. We aren’t going to directly fault our local public ...

Right Time To Unite Nation

Many Americans regarded Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden as a chance to start over; a turning away from the divisions of the past four years to move forward as one. It is essential, however, that Americans do not choose to move forward by ignoring the lessons we learned, and ...

Manchin Well-Placed With New Congress

Sen. Joe Manchin has always been a common-sense politician who regularly puts the best interests of his state and the nation above that of his party. With the new, 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate, the West Virginia Democrat is well-positioned to be the political wildcard that helps re-institute ...

Don’t Assume With Kid’s Health

According to outgoing officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warnings that incidents of child abuse would surge during the pandemic have not come to fruition. Lynn Johnson, HHS assistant secretary for children and families, and Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of ...

Ensure First Regional COVID Clinic a Success

For the past month, we’ve been urging state and local public health officials to do the right thing with the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinate the elderly — those residents 65 and older — first. That is the group most vulnerable to the coronavirus, and it makes sense to protect them before ...

Fighting Effects Of House Bill 6

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to fight the damaging effects of House Bill 6, which is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery investigation, and was intended to bail out FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Energy Harbor. This time he has asked the Franklin County Common Pleas ...

Children Return To School Today

For many West Virginia students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth, today will be like the first day of school all over again, as they return to the classroom following an extended, several-month remote learning break due to COVID-19. Ohio and Marshall counties, for example, have not ...

Time to Heed Dr. King’s Call

One wonders, as we look back on the tumultuous, divisive, harrowing year from which we have emerged, what kind of voice the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might have brought to the discussion as we try to heal. In the worst moments, his vision for this nation seemed as far away as ever. But ...

Points to Ponder

* If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us about public education, it’s that remote learning does not work. We renew our call for local counties to get students back in the classroom full-time as soon as possible. * The state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers ...

Planned Lofts Big Plus for Wheeling

It’s only two weeks into the new year, and city officials in Wheeling should call an abrupt end to 2021. Right now, it doesn’t appear as if things can get much better with two major announcements already taking place. We reported earlier this month on the proposal by Bluefield State ...

Ohio County BOE Took Easy Approach

The Ohio County Board of Education found itself in an unenviable position Friday when it chose to follow Superintendent Kim Miller’s recommendation that students return to school next week in a two-day in-person, three-day remote learning model. On the one hand, kids need to be back in ...

Helping Schools Educate Youth

For Mountain State students and teachers the past two semesters presented a nearly overwhelming challenge. With the help of parents and communities, they have found a way to limp through, but we know students are not getting an education that meets our standards. Teachers and school systems ...

Vaccination Plan Protecting Elderly

Another positive step forward in West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout came Wednesday, when Gov. Jim Justice announced that residents 70 and older can now sign up to receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Up to this point, the state was only offering the vaccine to those 80 and ...

School Districts Face Tough Call

Starting Tuesday, public and private schools in West Virginia can return to five-day in-person learning. Whether they will — or should — immediately return to a full, five-day schedule or go to a hybrid learning model remains a debate in many counties. The Ohio County Board of Education ...

Silencing Speech Is Bad Precedent

Every American should be concerned with the actions taken by the major online tech platforms to ban President Donald Trump’s social media accounts. It sets an alarming precedent and has raised concern among many world leaders. The action took place last week following the attack on the U.S. ...

Rethink School Starting Times

Early to bed, early to rise may make an adult healthy, wealthy and wise — but what about children? What is the optimum time of the morning for them to begin the learning process in school? Some school administrators and at least one board of education member in Ohio County seem to think ...