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Opinion

Honoring Gold Star Families

Local Columns

The Mountain State is home to some of the most patriotic Americans and as a result many West Virginians are called to serve our country resulting in one of the highest rates of military service in the nation. For the past six years I’ve participated in the Ride for Fallen Service Heroes to ...

Learning More About COVID-19

Editorials

Knowledge really is power. These days, it also can be safety. Give Bethany College officials and professors credit for helping us all add to the information we can use to fight back against the COVID-19 epidemic. Bethany has launched a virtual lecture series on the coronavirus and diseases ...

Getting Vaccine To the Vulnerable

Editorials

Just as health care professionals have needed help in battling COVID-19, they will require assistance in protecting the public through distribution of a vaccine against the disease. Gov. Jim Justice has taken an important step in that regard. It is not known precisely when a safe, effective ...

Partiers Put People at Risk

Local Columns

Not many people worry about the expanding power of government as much as I do. As I’ve written, we Americans need to talk about that, especially in regard to public health measures, once the COVID-19 epidemic has passed. In the meantime, why can’t we give the Monongalia County Health ...

Support Local Internet Efforts

Editorials

Perhaps state plans to extend internet access in West Virginia will do some good — eventually. But, as was the case earlier this year, it appears local initiatives will have to take the lead in serving children who are supposed to be learning from home, but without any way to get online ...

Being Flexible On In-Person Meetings

Editorials

Like many other public bodies in our area, Steubenville City Council has not really been meeting during the past few months. Because of COVID-19, they and other city officials have been connecting electronically. That may end soon. During their electronic session last week, council members ...

U.S. Workers Will Prevail

Editorials

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

Students Put Others at Risk

Editorials

Disappointing stupidity. Mass insanity. A geronticidal plot. Pick one, or even all three to describe the behavior of some West Virginia University students. Whatever the explanation for their behavior, it simply must stop. Since students — mostly freshmen, it appears — began ...

Don’t Delay On Mail-In Ballot

Editorials

Ohioans have a fail-safe method of reacting to warnings about problems with mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election: Don’t delay. Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office has already begun mailing applications for mail-in absentee ballots to every registered voter in Ohio. Those ...

Report School Cases Quickly

Editorials

Ours has been called the “Information Age.” Within hours of a Hollywood celebrity opining on politics, we know about it. Even local news travels at the speed of light; we hear how our high school football team did minutes after the fourth-quarter clock hits zero. But if Ohioans want to ...

Knowing How To Save a Life

Editorials

Good for Sgt. Scott Little of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for understanding that knowledge can be life-saving power. Little has been honored by the American Red Cross for his actions a year ago, when he heard of a medical emergency near his home. He rushed to the victim’s ...

Thank Veterans Of World War II

Editorials

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of this date. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s capitulation was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in ...

Help Local School Out of Emergency

Editorials

Don’t blame COVID-19 for the delay in opening Buckeye South Elementary School for the new academic year. Flooding, not the virus, forced the change. Fortunately, a large number of teachers and other staff were at the school in Tiltonsville last Friday, when about two inches of rain fell. ...

Ensuring Elections Are Safe and Efficient

Local Columns

By Mac Warner West Virginia Secretary of State “Follow the science” refers to following facts, not hyperbole and hysteria. It is taking West Virginia elections from good to great. Health and safety, absentee ballot applications, and timely results reporting became major focus areas ...

We Need to Talk About Power

Local Columns

Among freedoms granted by the First Amendment is that of “the people to peacefully assemble...” So why won’t Fort Henry Days be held this year? Why are some high school football teams in West Virginia being told to stay on the bench this weekend? Because public health officials, ...

Keep the Virus Locked Up, Too

Editorials

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is good at keeping human beings inside jails and prisons. Now, the agency needs to do all it can to keep the COVID-19 virus from escaping, too. Last Friday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed an inmate at the South Central Regional Jail in ...

Martins Ferry Cleanup Helpful

Editorials

Nothing says blight quite like vacant lots overgrown with weeds and dilapidated houses in which small trees have taken root. For that reason, Martins Ferry officials are absolutely right to be spending taxpayers’ money in cutting weeds and saplings at abandoned properties. In addition to ...

Approve Loan Guarantee for Brooke Power Plant

Local Columns

By Steve Roberts I am writing today to support the proposed Brooke County 830-megawatt electric power plant that is facing an uncertain future. ESC Brooke County Power, the proposed plant, would utilize $177.5 million worth of natural gas each year, instantly becoming the largest user of ...

Innovating, Collaborating, Educating

Local Columns

By Sarah Tucker Innovating, Collaborating, Educating West Virginia’s higher education institutions are powerful engines of innovation. Faculty and students are constantly exploring, discovering, and solving some of the most pressing problems facing society today. They challenge each ...

Deciding Brooke Power Request

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is right to insist that due diligence be exercised regarding a request for state support of a natural gas power plant in Brooke County. From all appearances, however, the proposal is a good one for West Virginia — especially for Brooke County. Unless state officials ...