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Editorials

Change your clocks, change your batteries

As you make your way around the house this weekend changing clocks and watches back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — your smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time are a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries ...

Be extra careful this Halloween

As children prepare to make their annual costumed trek throughout the Tri-State Area on Saturday evening, we ask parents to make safety a priority this Halloween. Following some common-sense rules will ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone. Parents should always accompany young ...

Making a difference by voting

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Continue support for sheltered workshop

For 28 years, the voters of Hancock County have supported the operations of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop through the passage of an operational levy. The levy, which provides $250,000 each year to the workshop, is up for renewal this year, and we encourage that support to ...

Resist the attempts to divide us

Very soon after he took office nearly four years ago, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner warned about foreign government attempts to influence U.S. elections and foment divisiveness among Americans. Since then, Warner on occasion has reminded us of how online evildoers, including but ...

For leadership, re-elect Justice

Each and every one of the 422 fellow West Virginians we have lost to COVID-19 has been a precious life, as Gov. Jim Justice points out. But just seven states have done better to save lives. Our epidemic fatality rate of 23 per 100,000 is one-third of the national average — and lower than 42 ...

School employees should be a priority

Once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, the demand for it will be enormous. As we have pointed out, states need to have thoughtful plans in place. West Virginia’s plan has been submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is good news. So are sketchy details ...

The early voting period has begun

Although election day isn’t officially until Nov. 3, West Virginians already are heading to the polls. In recent weeks, voters of the Mountain State have been able to make use of an expanded absentee ballot option, organized by the Secretery of State’s Office as a result of the COVID ...

Funding should be provided for projects

Important upgrades to both the water and sewer systems in Follansbee are being pursued by city officials. They should receive both state and federal funding assistance for the work. Members of the municipal water and sewer boards discussed the plans last week. On the water system side, they ...

Showing leadership in uncertainty

The last several months have been a challenge for many of us as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. That definitely was the case for the members of the 2020 class of Leadership Ohio Valley, but, as with any true leader, they persevered, were flexible with their ...

Getting the public’s business done

West Virginia legislators should not allow the coronavirus to keep them from getting the public’s business done. Surely there is a way lawmakers and their staffs can stay safe while holding their regular 60-day annual session next year. Because this is a gubernatorial election year, members ...

WVU is a key to the state’s future

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee had no option but to devote much of his State of the University speech last week to two critical issues — racial justice and COVID-19. It was appropriate that he talked at length about how WVU has dealt with the two concerns and how it will do ...

Dust ourselves off and move forward

It appears the Brooke Power project proposed over the last few years will not become reality after all. That is unfortunate to say the least, especially when you look at the potential impact it would have had in our area. The big question now is, what happened? In making the announcement, ...

Step up testing in nursing homes

After several months in which only a few cases of COVID-19 were reported at Northern Panhandle nursing homes, the virus has hit hard. Earlier this week, as we reported, nursing homes in the region were coping with a total of 25 cases of the disease. Put that in perspective: Twenty-five or ...

Brooke County PRO talks should continue

Brooke County commissioners and school officials should continue talking about use of sheriff’s deputies as school resource officers, despite the failure of months of talks over the issue. Board of Education members have agreed to set up a new system of hiring experienced law enforcement ...

Continuing to honor the legacy

For 12 years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to honor the legacy of J. Robert Haworth and those he inspired. This year’s Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition will officially open Saturday, with residents welcomed to the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit then will ...

Capito best bet for U.S. Senate

Getting things done for West Virginians means more than political affiliation to voters in our state. We don’t care whether you have an “R” or a “D” after your name, as long as you remember who’s boss — the people here at home in the Mountain State. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore ...

Gift will boost state’s economy

West Virginia native Brad Smith made it really, really big in high technology. He is executive chairman of Intuit’s board of directors. Last week, it was revealed Smith and his wife, Alys, have donated $25 million to West Virginia University. It was a gift made thoughtfully. “West ...

Think pink, help fight against breast cancer

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Keeping us safe from fire

Fire safety and prevention should be on all of our minds, especially this time of year as we begin to look for ways to stay warm in the colder months. While we understand that, sometimes, fires happen, it is important to be as prepared as possible. With that in mind, we thank the ...