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Editorials

Show support for the business community

When Weirton Council convenes tonight at the Millsop Community Center, members will be asked to vote on an ordinance providing businesses operating in the city with a one-time 10 percent credit on what they owe for Weirton’s Business and Occupation Tax for the third and fourth quarters of the ...

Don’t listen to the vaccine myths

Dr. Clay Marsh has been part of the effort that led West Virginia to be a leader in trying to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in distributing the vaccine that might help us one day turn the corner in that fight. Mountain State residents have come to trust him as he talks us through the ...

McKinley’s stance on energy makes sense

When it comes to extremist politics, most elected officials learn quickly that what they propose up front needs to be just a bit more outlandish than what they actually hope to accomplish. Surely, then, President Joe Biden knows Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is correct when he says “Their ...

Welcome back, high school sports

It’s the first week in March, and that means it’s time for West Virginia high schools to open their basketball seasons. And if you are among those who think that’s a little strange, just chalk it up as another change that has been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s a ...

New police facility a necessity

A project in discussion for decades may actually move forward in the coming years if Weirton Council has anything to say about it. For at least 30 years, city officials have proposed building a new facility for the Weirton Police Department. If council continues on its current path, then we ...

Who is in charge in West Virginia?

When Republicans took over the legislative majority in Charleston in 2014, there was renewed hope that those elected to represent us in state government would be weeding out fraud, waste, incompetence and frivolous spending; they’d dethrone King Bureaucracy; they’d turn their backs on ...

Leaving winter, entering pothole season

Now that we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the Tri-State Area: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads, and they’re found in parking lots at businesses. They’re in Toronto, Mingo ...

There are reasons for optimism

Included with today’s edition is the final installment of our annual Progress Edition. In it, you will will find an interesting collection of stories that deal with business, industry and transportation around the region. There is, for example, an update on the construction of the new ...

State lawmakers seeking more control

Most conservative lawmakers at one time branded themselves as being in favor of small government, particularly when it came to the federal government meddling in state matters. In fact, plenty of state lawmakers across the country still bristle when they believe Congress or the executive branch ...

The balance needs maintained

Last week, the West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly supported a piece of legislation aimed at limiting some of the governor’s powers during states of emergency. House Bill 2003 received 97 votes in favor, and zero votes against, with three members of the House not voting. The ...

Seeking help to feed the children

West Virginia’s Department of Education has been in overdrive for almost a year trying to figure out how to both educate and otherwise care for the kids who fall under the public schools’ umbrella. Among its highest and most important ongoing priorities was to figure out how to keep ...

Cabinet changes could benefit West Virginia

Lawmakers are being asked to consider whether West Virginia needs two new cabinet positions as the state aims to diversify and jump start its economy, and attract new visitors who might one day become residents. House Bill 2019 would make the West Virginia Development Office and the Division ...

Planning for the future at the WVDOH

West Virginia’s Department of Highways is running into a problem that affects many private employers. A generation of experienced workers is nearing retirement, and when they leave they will take a wealth of institutional knowledge with them. Officials are pulling out all the stops to recruit ...

Not enough details in free college plan

First Lady Jill Biden is reviving an idea, hoping a rebuilding of the economy during her husband’s administration will include free access to community college. She’s right, of course, that education and training will be essential both to digging out of the slump created by the pandemic. ...

Recent arrests a stark reminder

Last week, we were provided a reminder of just how prevalent illegal narcotics are in our communities. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrests of six individuals on charges involving the possession and distribution of crystal meth. The investigation of a little over a ...

Protect your pets from the cold

Our recent bouts of wintry weather serve as a good opportunity to remind pet owners that freezing temperatures and icy conditions can be hazardous to cats and dogs. So it’s important that pets stay indoors as much as possible during severe weather to avoid freezing. Never leave animals ...

A sure sign that spring is coming

Take a look outside your window today, and you will see the evidence that winter continues to hold its grip over the Tri-State Area. It’s true — we’ve received a lot of winter weather during the last couple of weeks, and the forecasts show there are few signs of that trend letting ...

Diocese doing right thing with audit

It’s clear the scars left by the tumultuous tenure of former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop Michael Bransfield will take years to heal; however, two actions taken this month by the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, current Diocesan bishop, to be more open with the faithful will go a long way to ...

The office is bigger than those who hold it

Today is Presidents Day, and it should be a chance to reflect, to honor and to give thanks. It should be an opportunity to remember that while our president changes every four or eight years, our democracy continues to set a standard that is the envy of the rest of the world. The office ...

Think of ways to be heart healthy

It’s American Heart Month, and a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle. As Ohio Valley residents, however, we are plagued with leading many areas of the country in illnesses including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The statistics are sobering: ¯ Heart disease is the ...