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Editorials

Get a healthy start to the new year

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2020. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

The new year should be an interesting one

By the time you have settled in to start reading this, the new year will have arrived. Like every year, 2020 will bring with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. There should be good things in the year ...

Resolve to not drink and drive

New Year’s parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

To those we’ve lost

It’s likely that you lost a cultural icon who meant something to you during 2019, whether from the world of politics, art or sports. We were reminded this past year of the importance a single person can make through the loses of a couple of giants from the world of politics in U.S. Rep. ...

Women getting things done in West Virginia

Eight female members of the West Virginia House of Delegates spent three days recently on a whirlwind “Women in Leadership Country Roads Tour.” Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, was among the eight. Their goal was to hear Mountain State residents’ concerns and take new ideas back to ...

Initiative will benefit college students

Institutions of higher learning often compete against one another, often in subtle ways. It is a pleasure, then, to recognize three colleges in our area are cooperating in a way that is of very real benefit to students. Officials of Bethany College, West Liberty University and Wheeling ...

Bowl season is a special time

There was a time not that long ago when the biggest games of the college football season were played on New Years Day. That’s changed since the playoff system was established, but that doesn’t mean that this time of year is any less exciting — especially if you are among the thousands ...

Remembering the reason we celebrate

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

Santa Claus lives forever through us

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Play it safe with electronic toys

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Give the gift of your time this holiday season

Volunteering in and around our communities knows no deadlines. There’s no cutoff time or day when it just stops, and for that we are truly grateful. We’ve said it before, but we believe the Upper Ohio Valley’s volunteers are some of the best. They continue to be the backbone of our ...

Ensure favoritism not a part of tourism tax credit

West Virginia House of Delegates members had no realistic option but to pass a bill extending the state’s tourism tax credit program, as they did Monday. The initiative is too important to tourism, which is a big and growing industry in our state. Still, lawmakers who raised questions about ...

Be safe during holiday parties

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Program shows the true holiday spirit

It seems that news has been full of interactions between police and civilians that have gone terribly wrong. That’s one reason why the Shop With a Cop events conducted by the area’s police and sheriff’s department are important. It is a relief to see police interaction in a positive ...

Rethink plan on school mandates

Regardless of your political leanings, if you are a reasonably thoughtful, educated person it must be clear to you that many voters are not. They lack understanding of our nation and our world, both now and in the past. It makes no sense at all, then, for state officials to relax requirements ...

Doing your part for honest elections

Unfortunately, the volume of political junk mail we receive these days sometimes makes it difficult to notice when something important from government arrives in our mailboxes. So keep your eyes open for something from West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner. About 75,000 households will ...

Think carefully when buying a furry present

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Setting priorities for local road repair

No doubt officials at the West Virginia Department of Transportation are frustrated at their inability to react positively to each and every request for repairs to secondary roads. Resources are limited and there is only so much they can do at one time. Their frustration is minimal compared ...

New trade deal shouldn’t be political

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democratic lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

All pipeline work to proceed

Beginning in central Maine on a map of the eastern United States, draw a line roughly southwest to northern Georgia. Should the millions of people living east of that line be deprived of inexpensive natural gas from the Appalachian states? Of course not. But a federal appeals court ruling ...