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Opinion

Vaccine Too Late for Many

Editorials

Announcements of two vaccines that are highly effective against COVID-19 provide some much-desired light at the end of a deadly tunnel. But it is far too early for us to declare “mission accomplished” and ease up on efforts to contain the virus. “In the next several weeks, we’ve got ...

‘Doxing’ Wrong

Editorials

If it was not clear previously that West Virginia Republicans made the right decision in rejecting Mike Folk’s candidacy for governor, Folk himself made his unfitness for the office plain this week. Upset over Gov. Jim Justice’s actions regarding COVID-19 — and probably still angry he ...

Be the Bad Guy on Thanksgiving

Local Columns

No one wants to spoil the party. For that reason, Thanksgiving Day and the ensuing weekend will include big, traditional family get-togethers, just as they have for many years. For some people, Thanksgiving rivals Christmas as their favorite time of the year. It’s easy to understand. ...

Equipment Deal Is Way of Future

Editorials

Small-town budgets have been challenges for many years. As costs to provide basic services increase while taxpayers exhibit less willingness to dig deeper into their pockets, the task facing many local officials becomes even more difficult. Give officials in Belmont, Bethesda and Belmont ...

Cruelty to Animals Must Be Deterred

Editorials

Making it clear Belmont County residents will not stand for cruelty to animals could deter some people from engaging in the practice. Last week, county Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato sent an unmistakable message in that regard. Fregiato sentenced Shania Wells, 24, to a year behind bars ...

Reveal Biden Energy Plans

Editorials

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Mayor Simonetti Made a Difference

Editorials

Sue Simonetti has devoted much of her life to making Wellsburg a better place, including nearly 12 years as the town’s mayor. Now, she is stepping aside to “let somebody with new ideas step in.” Simonetti revealed last week she will not seek a new term as mayor in next year’s ...

Curbing COVID Rampage Vital

Editorials

We have lost count of the number of times we have pleaded with residents of our area to take COVID-19 seriously — to safeguard the lives of our friends, family members and neighbors. We have not lost count of the number of people killed by the disease: 565 in West Virginia and 5,658 in ...

Rethinking How W.Va. Emerges From COVID

Local Columns

Gov. Jim Justice already has earned a starring role in the history books for the way in which he has led West Virginians through what for many is the toughest time of their lives. Though, as Justice points out, every one of the more than 560 Mountain State lives lost to COVID-19 is precious, ...

Current, Accurate Information Vital

Editorials

People are dying virtually every day at nursing homes in West Virginia. You would not know that to look at the website maintained by the state Department of Health and Human Resources (dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19). On Friday, a representative of a nursing home in our area told us of an outbreak ...

Zervos Urges Involvement in Youth Leadership Programs

Local Columns

Zara Zervos, a senior at John Marshall High School, was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Moundsville Lions Club, with her emphasis on conferences which she has attended. She pointed out that she is the president of a club named, Youth Leadership Association (YLA). She said, “A big ...

Terrible Night in 1970 Remains a Vivid Memory

Local Columns

It was just another Saturday morning, November 14th, 1970. Ohio Valley residents were having their usual breakfasts at home, or at one of the local restaurants and talking about last night’s high school football contests. Others were getting ready to take in a college football game in ...

We Mourn, Yet We Battle Back

Editorials

Fifty years ago this Saturday, West Virginians were united in the worst possible way — grief over what had happened near the airport at Huntington. An airliner carrying nearly all members of the Marshall University football team crashed. All 75 people aboard perished. Expressions of ...

Restaurants Still Need Your Help

Editorials

Though they are back in business after being ordered closed for a time last spring, many local restaurants continue to struggle. As the COVID-19 epidemic continues spiking, times may become even more tough for them. Chamber of Commerce officials throughout our area have a great idea: ...

Changing Local Skeptics’ Votes

Editorials

For years we have pointed out that in many respects, elections on local issues are more important to area residents than those on the national stage. Presidents don’t manage local schools, after all. We also have noted that simply because local officials are closer to voters in our area, ...

School Funding Action Important

Editorials

Buckeye State lawmakers need to find a sense of urgency if they are to do right by Ohio residents who are growing impatient for a solution to the flaws in the state’s school funding system. Once again, they are running out of time in this legislative session to accomplish such a fix. A ...

Doing More To Stop COVID

Editorials

The worst of COVID-19 may be ahead of us in West Virginia and Ohio. The Mountain State death toll soared by 17 during the weekend and another 16 Monday. Ohio has recorded an average of 21 deaths a day for the past three weeks. So serious has the situation become that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ...

Honoring Our Military Veterans

Editorials

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. We are united in revering the men and women who have served and do serve us ...

Nursing Homes Hit Hard Again

Local Columns

We just can’t seem to keep COVID-19 out of our nursing homes, where men and women most vulnerable to the disease live. As of Tuesday, 19 nursing homes in West Virginia and 258 in Ohio were reporting COVID cases among residents. Most of the outbreaks were relatively minor. A few, such as ...

Hoping Teams Get to Compete

Editorials

Residents of Ohio and Marshall counties will be big winners if three local high school football teams are cleared to participate in state championship playoffs this weekend, regardless of how the scoreboard reads. As we have reported, the Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central Catholic and John ...