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Editorials

Reopening Our Public Schools

Remember the good old days when the occasional snowstorm was the only thing that could disrupt public schools? Thanks to COVID-19, that is ancient history. Indian Creek school district officials have adopted a three-option plan to begin the new school year. They hope to do that Aug. ...

Remove Limit On Rape Cases

Stephen L. Vargo Jr. almost got away with it. In 1999, he kidnapped and raped a 7-year-old girl in Belmont County. The crime went unsolved for years. But in 2016, a DNA match linked Vargo to the crime. Last week, Vargo pleaded guilty to the crime. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John ...

Being Prepared To Cut Budgets

Just when local government officials thought it was safe to guess at budget revenue in a post-coronavirus economy, COVID-19 issued a deadly “think again” message. Though many businesses and families continue trying to get back to normal, it is likely the epidemic’s resurgence will affect ...

Giving Schools Funding Flexibility

State officials have asked the Ohio Controlling Board to approve $300 million in federal funding for schools — $200 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for higher education and $100 million for K-12 schools. That is in addition to hundreds of millions already allocated out of ...

Special Session Is a Good Idea

As they drove out of Charleston after the conclusion of their regular annual session earlier this year, observant West Virginia legislators had to have expected COVID-19 would hit our state. Just days later, it did. But it has been four months since the first coronavirus case was recorded ...

Spend Broadband Allocation Wisely

The $50 million Gov. Jim Justice plans to use to expand access to broadband internet service in West Virginia, in reaction to shortcomings made evident by the COVID-19 crisis, will be eaten up with little to show for it if officials are not careful. Don’t think so? Remember ...