Opinion

Placing Blame Where It Belongs

Editorials

Alecto Healthcare officials’ decision to shut down Ohio Valley Medical Center a full month before they had announced previously was bad enough. It was, in a word, wrong. In suspending health care services, some critical, with just hours’ notice, Alecto made it clear to the community at ...

Try Saving What Matters Most

Local Columns

After five years, the rose bushes we planted along the sidewalk leading to our front porch have rewarded our hard work with hundreds of pink and red flowers. I am no horticulturist by any means. I just like to have flowers around to remind me of the greater power that makes these beautiful ...

Care Center Sale Is Best Course

Editorials

Action Monroe County commissioners took after discussing potential sale of the county-owned Care Center made it clear divesting themselves of the facility is the best course. Several weeks ago, Commissioners Carl Davis and Tim Price voted to sell the facility. Commissioner Mick Schumacher ...

OSU Not Model For Rest of Ohio

Editorials

Ohio State University has announced that, beginning next year, it will be raising its own minimum wage to $15 per hour — apparently jumping on the trendy number embraced by precisely zero state governments right now (though Washington, D.C. comes closest at a $14 per hour minimum ...

Giving People Chance to Speak

Editorials

It is a safe bet that many of those involved in the controversy over a proposed new bank office in the Edgwood neighborhood of Wheeling wish the matter was over and done with. Yet Wheeling City Council members, who many had expected would vote on the issue this week, were right to table ...

West Virginians Ready to Assist

Editorials

As residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and even North Carolina flee from the path of Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Jim Justice has offered them shelter here in the Mountain State through discounted rates at our state parks, room for their animals (pet fees waived at the parks and a reminder ...

Mental Health Services Critical

Editorials

The situation regarding Ohio Valley Medical Center is no longer just an emergency. It is a looming crisis. News that acute care and emergency medical services at OVMC were being suspended Wednesday came as quite a shock. California-based Alecto Healthcare had projected OVMC would close in ...

Turn Teens Away From Gang Life

Editorials

Jacob Gill, of Toronto, may spend the next 15 years in prison for his role in a confrontation that ended with a death. Gill is just 17 years old. Ka’Saun Carlock, of Steubenville, pleaded guilty of murder in the same case, involving the death of Dylan Monroe, 18, of Toronto in August ...

Hoping Revenue Shows Rebound

Editorials

Within a few days, state officials will make public information on how much money West Virginia state government collected in August. Keep your fingers crossed, especially if you want to see more potholes patched. Revenue in July, the first month of the new fiscal year, was far below what ...

Tellitocci Earned Benwood’s Thanks

Editorials

Many communities are blessed by a few residents who take personal interest in their towns and cities — and are willing to roll up their sleeves and toil to make life better for all of their neighbors. Joseph “Joe” Tellitocci Jr. was that kind of man for his town, Benwood. Among the ...

Manchin Made Right Decision

Editorials

West Virginians got good news this week: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will remain in Washington. He revealed Tuesday that he has decided not to run for governor next year. For months, Manchin, a Democrat, had been considering a campaign for governor. In all likelihood, at least for now, his ...

Increased Funding Right Thing to Do

Editorials

Seldom is a big increase in government spending cause for rejoicing. But the decision by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and state legislators to boost funding to help at-risk children is just that. Ohio’s new two-year budget includes big increases in resources for child protective services. In ...

Licensing Rules Are Important

Editorials

Most people take it for granted that products and services available on the open market are safe. But only vigilance by local, as well as state and federal, regulatory agencies makes that feeling of protection possible. Good for the Jefferson County Health Department, as well as local law ...

Handling Racial Bias Allegations

Editorials

Noticeable improvements have taken place in Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority facilities since Melody McClurg was hired as director less than a year ago. For one thing, as authority Chairman Tony Morelli pointed out last week, former management at the JMHA had built up a backlog of ...

Attracting New Jobs to W.Va.

Editorials

Those of us who have jobs this Labor Day can be grateful for them and, if today is a holiday, happy for a day away from the workplace. Too many of our neighbors, friends and family members have not benefited yet from the upswing in the national economy, however. Here in the Northern ...

Celebrating Those Who Make It Work

Editorials

Labor Day is an excellent time to reflect that, despite what politicians at all levels often claim, gains in the economy are not really due primarily to their efforts. Those we celebrate today — working men and women — are due the credit. Those who labor day in and day out to provide ...

End the Secrecy Over Vets’ Deaths

Editorials

Criminal wrongdoing — let us call it what it is, murder — seems to have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg. In fact, a serial killer may have claimed the lives of as many as 11 veterans there. Yet federal authorities, despite hinting strongly they have ...

The Drug Abuse Devil Does Exist

Local Columns

“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Clearing the Way For WVU Medicine

Editorials

Precisely what West Virginia University and WVU Medicine officials have in mind to address a looming health care emergency in our area is unknown. What is clear is that WVU Medicine may be the only lifeline available for many of the more than 1,000 people about to lose their jobs at Ohio ...

Gold Star Families To Be Honored by Monument in Moundsville

Local Columns

Four-and-a-half months ago Moundsville resident Delbert Chrislip was challenged by Hershel “Woody” Williams to spearhead a group of Marshall County residents to place a Gold Star Monument honoring the families of those who have perished in the service of this country. During recent ...