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Editorials

A battle we can’t afford to lose

A revolution is taking place in many West Virginia public schools. Though education leaders have been laying the groundwork for it for several years, COVID-19 gets credit for accelerating the process. Just last week, Ohio County Schools officials revealed that when they start the new academic ...

Hockey is back

This will be a weekend many of us have been waiting for since March. For the first time in more than four months, there will be nearly a full slate of professional sports in action. And while we will not attempt to downplay the seriousness of the situation that surrounds us as we continue to ...

Improvements in testing needed

People infected with COVID-19 can recover — or, of course, experience life-threatening illness — within 10-14 days after becoming infected. What good, then, is a test for the disease if results are not obtainable for 10 days or more? Precious little, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday, adding ...

NAS information doesn’t need released

Neonatal abstinence syndrome — NAS — is a clinical term for the heart-rending problem of babies born addicted to drugs as a result of their mothers’ substance abuse. There may be as many as 4,000 West Virginia children who came into the world with NAS. Now, a group of attorneys is ...

Consider protections of nursing homes

For several weeks, it appeared West Virginians were doing a good job protecting residents of long-term care facilities — the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 — from the disease. But as the coronavirus sets new infection records in many counties, it may be time to worry that we have let ...

Spend broadband funds wisely

The $50 million Gov. Jim Justice plans to use to expand access to broadband internet service in West Virginia, in reaction to shortcomings made evident by the COVID-19 crisis, will be eaten up with little to show for it if officials are not careful. Don’t think so? Remember ...

Baseball has finally returned

We Americans have a lot on our minds these days. We continue to worry about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us — and what changes and challenges still lie ahead of us. We are confronting social issues that have hung over our heads for centuries and looking for ways that will allow ...

Some good news for the valley

There has been very little positive to report for several months now, as we continue to look for ways to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We were encouraged, though, about Wednesday’s announcement from ArcelorMittal. That’s when we learned that the global steel giant had hired 18 workers ...

Special session is a good idea

As they drove out of Charleston after the conclusion of their regular annual session earlier this year, observant West Virginia legislators had to have expected COVID-19 would hit our state. Just days later, it did. But it has been four months since the first coronavirus case was recorded in ...

Weir bowlers had spectacular season

In its inaugural year, the Weir High School bowling team collected an astounding series of accomplishments, earning an undefeated record along with an OVAC championship and various singles accolades. The young keglers were set to compete this week in the U.S. High School Bowling Championship ...

Save lives, move over

It’s a simple action a driver can easily take, and it makes the roads safer for all of us. “The Move Over Law” goes by different names in different states, but the goal is the same: To offer a greater layer of protection to emergency response and service personnel who are answering ...

Learn why she killed our veterans

On Tuesday, a former nursing assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Clarksburg pleaded guilty to murdering seven men there. There may have been even more victims. Reta Mays, 46, of Harrison County, West Virginia, entered her plea in federal court at Clarksburg. She is to ...

Safety must be the priority

Weirton’s city manager says budgetary concerns are behind his decision to restructure the city’s police department in a move he announced during Monday’s Weirton Council meeting. While we understand wanting to keep a close eye on expenses, especially when finances are uncertain right ...

Remaining vigilant

Our region has received a couple of big reminders about how quickly things can change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t that long ago that it appeared that groups throughout the Tri-State Area had figured out a way to be able to hold scaled-down versions of popular summer ...

Breathing a little easier

Our area received some good news Monday. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had approved West Virginia’s request to redesignate its portion of the Steubenville area to attainment for the 2010 federal sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standard under ...

Tax day is upon us

Tax Day 2020 has arrived, and you’ll have to be sending in those returns with payments or seeking an extension at the end of the day on Wednesday. It’s later than normal this year, with the traditional filing date of April 15 being moved to Wednesday as a result of concerns brought on by ...

Where was the oversight?

Among the many troubling questions that have been raised about the Diocese of Steubenville in the past week there is one that is very simple, yet extremely complex: Where was the oversight? Catholics in the diocese, which covers 13 counties in Southeastern Ohio, are left wondering that ...

McKinley query is illuminating

Political realities, not science, too frequently guide government’s response to challenges such as the COVID-19 epidemic. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is playing a key role in reminding us of that. McKinley’s effort was spotlighted in a commentary on the epidemic, published July 1 by ...

Stage comeback against disease

Underdogs seem to hold a special place in the hearts of many West Virginians. We love it when, against the odds, they stage comebacks to prevail against powerful foes. But there is one comeback we didn’t want to witness — COVID-19. The disease seems to be roaring back after a period of ...

Show support for Christian Center

Weirton area residents, once again, have an opportunity to lend a hand to a local institution. Saturday will see the return of what has become an annual event with a Stuff the Bus and bowl-a-thon held to benefit the Weirton Christian Center. Originally planned for earlier this year, the ...