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Opinion

Dean Martin Festival will continue to thrive

Editorials

Not too long after he learned that Dean Martin had died on Dec. 25, 1995, then-Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci announced that the city would find a way to honor one of the its most-beloved native sons. That led to the formation of the Dean Martin Committee, which would organize what would ...

We must continue to take precautions

Editorials

We knew it was coming. When we learned Thursday that a Hancock County resident had tested positive for COVID-19, it was less a shock than a reminder of the necessity for us all to do what we can to curb the spread of the disease. We’ve been aware for some time that positive cases were ...

Stop hoarding protective masks

Editorials

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Get off the path to a tragedy

Editorials

Some West Virginians are not being realistic about COVID-19. If you are among them, we beg you to recognize that your attitude is putting others at risk of losing their lives. If you know someone who has not been observing precautions against spreading the virus, we urge you to talk some sense ...

Charitable groups will need aid, too

Editorials

Even during normal times, many among us rely on non-profit charities for the essentials of life. Help provided ranges from the very stuff of life — blood provided by the Red Cross — to essentials including food, shelter and clothing. In addition, there are charities that provide help for ...

Let’s try to keep the number of missteps low

Local Columns

In this time of increased anxiety, worry and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the good he has ...

Guarding against the wrong target

Editorials

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the Space Force — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our amosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials have ...

2020 is shaping up to be one weird year

Local Columns

It’s only when your routine is disrupted that you realize the beauty of it. Normally the blocks fill up fast on my desk calendar for March, April and May as so many women’s clubs, service organizations and nonprofits have their events planned, the vast majority of them serving as ...

We will get through it as a community

Local Columns

West Virginia is officially a part of the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of reports from other states, and the sharing of various memes and jokes online, we learned Tuesday of the first positive case of COVID-19 in the Mountain State. By Friday night, we were up to eight confirmed cases, ...

Stand together in our time of need

Editorials

Our world has changed in many ways during the past week or so as the realities of the issues surrounding COVID-19 have really settled in. It wasn’t that long ago that we heard the first reports that local events had been postponed or canceled. That quickly changed, as in a matter of days ...

President has to remain calm

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Every president has his moments; some good, some not so good. Responsible for both. The travesty under the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Mistep after mistep, tweet after tweet, is starting to take its toll. Trump is doing what he did best in running his business, filing ...

We need to let the church be the church

Local Columns

What is the church supposed to look like? How can we tell the difference between the world and the church? The answers to these questions are in some ways complex — but in other ways very simple. I would like to focus on two (of the many), identifying markers of the church. In doing so I am ...

They want us to panic

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I work in an elementary school. Last month, there was a period where fully one-fifth of our student body was out with the flu. Staff was getting sick. It was bad, and not much different, in schools around the country. Like any other virulent illness, flu infects schools, work ...

History in the Hills: Valley pulling together

Local Columns

We are experiencing unprecedented events here in the Ohio Valley with the global coronavirus pandemic. Looking back through history it is hard to find a comparison to look to except perhaps the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. As an historian, I am constantly reminded of the phrase “Learn by ...

A chance to reverse our priorities

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The first Commandment says, “I am the Lord your God, thou shall not have false gods before me.” God is talking about false gods or idols being substituted for and therefore taking the place of our authentic God — our Creator and Father. The first three Commandments are ...

WMC is working to meet the challenge

Local Columns

On behalf of the entire WMC family of more than 1,400 employees, physicians, medical professionals and volunteers, we would like to thank the community for the continual offers and support and assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our WMC team has prepared for weeks trying to ensure ...

Viral pandemic is a wakeup call

Editorials

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Shoddiness unacceptable in battle against virus

Editorials

The monumental incompetence with which West Virginia’s first known case of COVID-19 was handled ought to enrage everyone in our state. Those with the power to keep it from happening again ought to be livid — and determined to get it right with future instances. There will be future ...

Decisive steps vital in West Virginia

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice took dramatic action Tuesday night to help West Virginians battle COVID-19. He ordered that restaurants, bars and casinos be closed, except for take-out orders. Justice also revealed our state has a confirmed case of the coronavirus, in the Eastern Panhandle. Nothing like ...

Keeping our children fed

Editorials

We are certain we haven’t been alone in wondering how the closure of West Virginia’s schools would affect children who rely on our public educational institutions for breakfasts and lunches. As it turns out, we didn’t need to worry too much. As has been reported, many local school ...