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Editorials

High Court Right To Clear Pipeline

Because the U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, what its justices say is the law is the law. Thus, the court’s ruling allowing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline under part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia settles one fight over the gas line. It had been ...

Giving Bar An Ultimatum

Closing down a business despite the owner’s wish to remain open is a serious step for any community to make. Before it happens, all viable alternatives need to be exhausted. Early Saturday, gunfire broke out in Mac’s Club, at 89 Edgington Lane in Wheeling. A man was killed and several ...

Taking a Chance On Belmont Fair

One of the highlights of every year is the Belmont County Fair. It will be held this year. Most years, that would not have been in question. The fair’s many volunteers and sponsors work hard to ensure it is held successfully. More than a few obstacles have been overcome in the past to ...

Keep COVID-19 On the Defensive

As the process of “reopening” American picks up speed, some states are reporting disturbing upswings in COVID-19 activity. Thus far, the signs remain good in West Virginia — but we have to be ready for that to change. Generalizations often are risky, but we West Virginians have grown ...

Breaking Up Drug Ring in Our Area

In addition to what appears to be a successful comeback from COVID-19 in our area, law enforcement agencies have chalked up a victory against another epidemic — drug abuse. As we reported during the weekend, a major drug ring was broken up as a result of an investigation spearheaded by ...

Sealing Off Jails, Prisons

Belmont County’s unenviable status as a COVID-19 hotspot came about largely because a state prison is located near St. Clairsville. Of the deaths blamed on the disease, nine of the county’s total of 22 have been inmates at the Belmont Correctional Institution. And of the cumulative ...

Hot Vehicles Can Lead to Tragedies

In all likelihood, the Pittsburgh woman who left her two dogs trapped in her car with the windows up last Tuesday did not realize the danger they were in. People passing by the vehicle did, and called the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department. By the time deputies got to the car, parked in a ...

Limiting Shock Of ‘New Normal’

Public schools should not be viewed as free babysitting services, it has been said. They also should not be relied upon to ensure children are fed nutritiously, however — and West Virginians have seen the limitations on that during the COVID-19 epidemic. Many school food programs will be ...

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 ...