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Editorials

Finding, punishing the COVID crooks

Where most West Virginians see danger from COVID-19 and often respond with compassion for others, a few scum-of-the-earth types see opportunity. They are engaging in all sorts of scams, ranging from offering quack cures for the coronavirus to posing as public health authorities to gain personal ...

A letter to our readers

Dear reader: The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you here in the Tri-State Area when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and we wanted today to provide you with an update on how we’ve been covering the crisis at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and the ...

Seasonal residents need to be remembered

Spring weather may bring a new public health hazard to Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania — “snowbirds.” Some of them, having spent the winter in warmer climes, may be bringing more than boxes of fresh oranges back here. What to do about them is a challenge public health officials in ...

Offer to work the polls on June 9

Let us hope that by June 9, COVID-19 has been whipped in West Virginia. Even if that happens, the primary election rescheduled for that date will be affected by after-shocks from the coronavirus. One of them may be a shortage of people to work at the state’s 1,723 polling places. If you ...

Absentee balloting still a good option

Gov. Jim Justice’s decision — made in consultation with legislators of both parties — to delay the primary election in West Virginia was wise. It will be held June 9 instead of May 12, as had been scheduled previously. Even if by some miracle our state is out of the COVID-19 woods by ...

Blood donations even more important now

Most of us have had to be on the defensive against COVID-19. We practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, etc., to defend ourselves and our loved ones against the coronavirus. Wouldn’t it be nice to go on the offensive — to save someone’s life? We can. Every day, throughout ...

We expect better

That we now have learned four employees at the Teramana Cancer Center have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been closed while it is disinfected is another sad chapter in the Tri-State Area’s fight against the spread of COVID-19. That it took three days for that ...

Check the website, West Virginia voters

No one knows with certainty whether the primary election scheduled for May 12 in West Virginia will go forward in normal fashion. If the COVID-19 outbreak persists, it is possible that in-person voting will not occur. Even the usual “early voting” process may have to be altered. If you ...

Restaurants earn our regard, help

It is at times like these that we learn who our real friends are. Here in our area, some of them happen to be the people whose finances have been affected most severely by the COVID-19 crisis — restaurants and other businesses involved in food service. As we have reported, many of them have ...

Trail will bring opportunity

We received another reminder about our region’s potential for growth a little more than a week ago in the form of a feasibility study prepared by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The work, which covers 89 pages, concludes that the completion of the Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland trail corridor ...

Dean Martin Festival will continue to thrive

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Guarding against the wrong target

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 ...

Stand together in our time of need

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 ...

Viral pandemic is a wakeup call

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

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

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 ...