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Editorials

A day which changed history

Saturday marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day, and it is appropriate that we honor those who were willing to stand tall against what some considered to be nearly impossible odds to defend our freedoms. Because of the sacrifices that were made on that day — June 6, 1944 — along the beaches ...

A return to exploration

The United States has, once again, set its sight for the stars. Following a weather delay last week, the nation watched Saturday afternoon as the first manned flight to launch from American soil in almost a decade lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. With astronauts Bob ...

Courage, integrity needed now

Sometimes we wish we could rewind something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred May 25 in ...

Honoring a real American hero

It was not enough for West Virginian Hershel “Woody” Williams to save lives at the risk of his own during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. But for several years, Williams has been spearheading another campaign — to honor the ...

Celebrating our high school graduates

There’s no doubt this has been a disappointing spring for this year’s high school seniors. They never had the chance to close out their careers in sports. There was no opportunity to perform in one last musical. Annual awards dinners? Nope. There have been no proms, no graduation ...

Coaching recognition well deserved

His team might not have had the chance to defend its 2019 Ohio state baseball championship, but that does not diminish the work Brian Perkins, the school’s longtime coach, has done. Those efforts were recognized Thursday evening when Perkins was named as the recipient of the Ohio Valley ...

Show support for Brooke 911 levy

When the 911 phone system for handling emergency calls was set up, it appeared an excellent way of funding them had been devised. Users of landline telephones would pay small fees to support 911 service. Then cellphones became all the rage — and many buyers dropped their landline phones. ...

There’s no excuse not to vote

West Virginia’s primary election is officially two weeks away, with residents set to head to the polls June 9 after it being rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting by Mountain State residents has been going on for a while now, though, and, beginning today, it is in full ...

Be safe on the water

The warmer temperatures and abundant sunshine of spring mean that Tri-State Area residents will again be turning to the outdoors for recreation. Among the most popular activities area residents use to enjoy the spring and summer are boating and fishing. Both are fun ways to spend an ...

Remember the sacrifices

Throughout the nation’s history, millions have died protecting the freedom American citizens enjoy in the relative peace the rest of the world only dreams about. Think about that today as you light up the grill, spend time with family and friends or just hang out in your ...

Using our parks to say ‘thank you’

Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that he wanted to thank all the front-line heroes in the battle against COVID-19 by doing something nice for them. But, he noted, it is inevitable that any list of such occupations will leave someone off. So the governor decided every West Virginian should ...

The pool season is in question

We’re into the middle of the weekend that traditionally has marked the unofficial start of the summer season. But this is a time unlike any other we have seen, and many of the experiences we have come to anticipate this time of year are missing, joining the list of things that have fallen ...

Continue support for animal shelter levy

Four years ago, Hancock County voters showed their compassion for animals by approving a tax levy to support the county animal shelter. Nearly three of every four voters said “yes” to the measure. Now the levy is up for renewal. It will be on the ballot for the June 9 primary ...

A hero in her own right

She never sought the spotlight, but it was impossible for Annie Glenn to avoid all of the attention. Her husband, John, the childhood sweetheart with whom she would share a love affair of more than 70 years, was an American hero — a decorated fighter pilot who flew missions during World War ...

Being responsive to constituents

After West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced last week that gymnasiums, health clubs, tanning bed businesses and whitewater rafting outfitters could reopen, he was asked whether his decisions are being made in response to public pressure. “That is absolutely, 180 degrees wrong,” he ...

Keep an eye out for motorcyclists

The unofficial beginning of summer is less than a week away with Memorial Day. Flowers are beginning to come out and so are motorcycles. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported there were 3,585 motorcycle-related traffic crashes in 2019 ...

Leonhardt best for state’s agriculture

Since he took office as state commissioner of agriculture in January 2017, Kent Leonhardt has worked hard to expand the role of farming in West Virginia’s future. He has gotten results from numerous initiatives. Keeping Leonhardt at his post is important not just to the Mountain State’s ...

Bipartisanship does still exist

U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that ...

Voting is important, especially now

It has been a strange, unsettling year, has it not? All the more reason to make your voice heard in the June 9 West Virginia primary election. The need for good leadership is more apparent than it has been for many years. If you are not registered to vote, you cannot cast a ballot in the ...

Remember those who keep us safe

Fighting crime can be dangerous work for the more than 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. On average, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed somewhere in the United States every 54 hours. And, in 2018, 58,866 officers ...