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Editorials

Aiding Weirton, Other Localities

Don’t blame Weirton officials for the drastic changes in the municipal police department, including elimination of “prevention resource officers” in schools. Blame “the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One might suppose that somewhere in the about $3 trillion Congress appropriated to ...

Learn Why She Killed Veterans

On Tuesday, a former nursing assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg pleaded guilty to murdering seven men there. There may have been even more victims. Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, West Virginia, entered her plea in federal court at Clarksburg. She is ...

Safeguard Staff At State Prisons

When COVID-19 invaded Ohio about four months ago, virtually no one was ready for it. Had we known then what we know now — lives could have been saved. Our ability to combat the coronavirus has improved dramatically. But in one of the most at-risk populations in Ohio — state prisons — ...

Retaining Local Police in Bethesda

Law enforcement is a continuing challenge for officials in small towns. Few have budgets allowing for round-the-clock police department staffing. Many resort to part-time, on-call officers. So it is in Bethesda, which can afford to pay Police Chief Pete Busack for only 32 hours’ of work ...

Keeping PTT Project Viable

Daelim Chemical USA’s withdrawal from partnership in the proposal Belmont County ethane cracker plant came as stunning, disappointing news this week. Let us hope it is not a precursor to something even worse — cancellation of the project altogether. As we reported, Daelim executives ...

Making Our Area’s Air Clean Again

We’re making progress in cleaning up the air in our region. Evidence of that came this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency amended its air quality designation for the Steubenville area, which includes parts of Ohio and West Virginia. For several years, the area was deemed ...