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Editorials

Loyalty to voters critical in West Virginia

West Virginia voters’ solid support of Republican candidates after many years of backing Democrats for president has been remarked upon repeatedly by national political pundits. So certain of their analysis were they Tuesday night that many “called” our state for President Donald Trump ...

Preserving our industrial history

Our area’s industrial heritage runs deep, but, sadly, many of the names of those who have worked to build that legacy have been forgotten and lost to time. That’s why it is encouraging to know that a part of that history — employment records from the old Beech Bottom steel facility — ...

Never too early to start giving

We got a reminder of what is ahead of us last weekend when cold winds were blowing and snow was falling. That served as a reminder that it’s not too early to start thinking about helping those in need during the upcoming holidays and in the colder months. Sure, our thoughts soon will turn ...

Banners bring a spirit of ‘thanks’

Downtown Wellsburg now looks a little brighter, thanks to the efforts of several local businesses. Thanks to the work done by Eric Fithyan, owner of Chambers and James Funeral Homes, and other local business owners and community organizations, more than 20 banners can be seen along Town ...

Statistics which take our breath away

With all of the interest in Tuesday’s election, continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s sometimes easy to forget about other important issues in our lives. That’s why it should not be overlooked that November is Lung Cancer Awareness ...

Honoring all who served in World War II

Before long, the last American military veteran of World War II will be gone from among us. We can never thank and honor them adequately — but a request by all five members of West Virginia’s congressional delegation would provide an appropriate formal and national expression of ...

The talk is over, it’s time to vote

We’ve heard, read and talked much during the past several months — make that the past several years — about how important this year’s general election would be. There have been debates and discussions — most civil, many not — about the candidates and issues voters are deciding ...

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, ...