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Forget Bransfield; He’s Just Not That Important

It’s time to move on. Former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield is not worth a single second more of aggravation. Bransfield was booted out of his position as leader of the church’s Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in 2018. That happened after his wild spending and sexual ...

Keep WVSTRONG, Gov. Justice

Early in the coronavirus epidemic, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered what turned out to be an important public health measure. He ought to extend it. Justice’s order was that from June 1 through Aug. 31, Mountain State residents could be given 30% discounts on lodge rooms, cabins and ...

Ensuring West Virginians Have Options in Voting

By William Scott Magill In West Virginia, Veterans make up almost 10% of the population having served in every military branch around the world. The state is also home to major installations including Shepherd Field Air Force base and Yeager Airport Air Force base. With the state’s long ...

Don’t Get Suckered By Online Car Sellers

With all due respect to your father, you don’t want the car he told you to buy, the salesman told one of my daughters a few years ago. He explained why a different car would be better — and he was right. She took it. It was priced lower than what I’d suggested. That meant a bit ...

Marshall Memo: COVID-19 Testing, Personnel Moves and Mat Memories

An 8-hour Community Based COVID-19 Testing will take place on Friday at the rear of John Marshall High School. Marshall County Health Department Director Tom Cook said that this testing will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. He said, “We decided to expand the time period in an effort to ...

Leaders Gone, Now — Who Will Lead the Fight?

This month will be the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington that took place on August 28, 1963. It is believed that between 200,000 and 300,000 people participated in the march. The last speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was not on the original program, but because of his ...

Census May Give Dems a Boost

It’s said and written often that we Americans don’t take the long view, unlike, say, the Chinese. Their strategies are for decades, while ours extend just a few years into the future. But what if some American politicians are looking ahead? What if they are laying the groundwork now ...

More Debt Not Answer to COVID-19 Problems

The clock is ticking for Senate Republicans and Democrats to come to an agreement on the next COVID-19 assistance package before Congress adjourns for the August recess. The House version passed in May, the Heroes Act, comes with a whopping $3 trillion price tag. That would be in addition to ...

Ensuring Every Child Has Access to Internet

Students in West Virginia primary and secondary schools get free breakfast and lunch. We provide them with free textbooks. In many counties, all are furnished with devices such as IPads or Chromebooks. But many do not have access to the internet at home. Months of “distance learning” ...

Mayor Wins Battle Over Property

It appears Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott is about to win a battle he has been waging since last year. In the process, taxpayers will rescue a property owner who had been stuck with nearly three acres and a few dilapidated buildings no one other than city officials seems to have had any interest ...

Experience in W.Va. Shows Folly of ‘Defunding’

As we examine reforms to certain policing practices, we must also recognize the value of a properly-funded police force. The overwhelming majority of our police officers, deputy sheriffs and state troopers serve their communities with honor and enforce our laws above reproach, however, the ...

Events Scheduled Despite COVID-19, But With Changes

Several events are being planned in Moundsville for the remaining months of the year, and those involved are hoping that nothing takes place in the meantime which would alter the plans. Although these events —namely the Marshall County Relay for Live, Haunted House, Elizabethtown Festival ...

We Will Miss Jackfert, Others of His Generation

A century from now, how many Americans will even know about the Bataan Death March? Will those who read about it believe anyone could be so cruel to other human beings? Will the skeptical conclude the accounts are myths, horror stories that could never have happened? Ed Jackfert knew ...

Don’t Pluck Out the Wrong Eye

There’s really nothing wrong with the concept of eye-for-an-eye justice — as long as the eye is plucked from the right face. Devastating Wheeling Hospital to punish wrongdoing by a group of individuals makes no sense. Wheeling Hospital faces two severe financial challenges. One is ...

Defunding Movement Is Misguided

By Riley Moore There is a movement in our country right now to “defund the police,” which has led to politicians reducing the budgets of police departments all across the country. This is a troubling trend that will likely have disastrous effects on public safety. As we engage in this ...

‘Defund’ Movement Shows Prejudice, Too

I’m not certain how giving Wheeling police new cruisers without, say, lightbars contributes to a better relationship between law enforcement personnel and the people they’re supposed to serve and protect. Nevertheless, city Councilwoman Rosemary Ketchum has a point about police/public ...

New Voting Machines Purchased in Marshall County

The Marshall County Commission on Tuesday approved the purchase of new voting machines. Although the machines are expected to arrive prior to November’s election, they will not be used until the primary election in 2021, thus giving County Clerk Jan Pest and her staff ample time to show ...

Outdoors Act Is Big Win for West Virginians

Outdoor spaces are often at the center of vibrant communities. Their critical role has been highlighted in even newer important ways in recent months, underscoring the need to conserve, maintain and improve access to these places. Protecting important natural spaces and investing in their care ...

Let Lawmakers Decide How to Spend $1.25 Billion

Earlier this month, Gov. Jim Justice was asked why he will not allow the West Virginia Legislature to come into session to administer the $1.25 billion in federal aid money the state has received. He said the Democrats would probably recommend that West Virginians get the money directly, in the ...

Make School Decisions Locally

Some public schools in West Virginia may be ready to reopen for the fall semester. They cannot do that, however. Gov. Jim Justice has decreed that schools will reopen on Sept. 8 — no sooner and no later. Justice’s concern for safety is understandable. COVID-19 has made quite a comeback ...