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Editorials

Step up testing in nursing homes

After several months in which only a few cases of COVID-19 were reported at Northern Panhandle nursing homes, the virus has hit hard. Earlier this week, as we reported, nursing homes in the region were coping with a total of 25 cases of the disease. Put that in perspective: Twenty-five or ...

Brooke County PRO talks should continue

Brooke County commissioners and school officials should continue talking about use of sheriff’s deputies as school resource officers, despite the failure of months of talks over the issue. Board of Education members have agreed to set up a new system of hiring experienced law enforcement ...

Continuing to honor the legacy

For 12 years, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has worked to honor the legacy of J. Robert Haworth and those he inspired. This year’s Haworth Memorial Art Exhibition will officially open Saturday, with residents welcomed to the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit then will ...

Capito best bet for U.S. Senate

Getting things done for West Virginians means more than political affiliation to voters in our state. We don’t care whether you have an “R” or a “D” after your name, as long as you remember who’s boss — the people here at home in the Mountain State. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore ...

Gift will boost state’s economy

West Virginia native Brad Smith made it really, really big in high technology. He is executive chairman of Intuit’s board of directors. Last week, it was revealed Smith and his wife, Alys, have donated $25 million to West Virginia University. It was a gift made thoughtfully. “West ...

Think pink, help fight against breast cancer

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Keeping us safe from fire

Fire safety and prevention should be on all of our minds, especially this time of year as we begin to look for ways to stay warm in the colder months. While we understand that, sometimes, fires happen, it is important to be as prepared as possible. With that in mind, we thank the ...

Morrisey serves state well in his role

Since 2013, Patrick Morrisey’s service as state attorney general has been marked by activism in defense of West Virginians. Keeping him in office makes sense. First elected in 2012, Morrisey took office determined to reform the attorney general’s office. Now, when the office needs outside ...

Warner has earned voters’ trust

Getting as many people as possible out to vote and holding a secure, honest election need not be mutually exclusive, despite what you may have been led to believe during this ultra-political year. West Virginia’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Mac Warner, is making both things ...

McKinley a wise choice on Nov. 3

At a time when West Virginians need the very best people fighting for us in Washington, it just makes sense to re-elect U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. Since 2011 he has combined a dedication to representing our best interests with the political skill to get things done. A measure of the ...

Keeping the election honest in West Virginia

Our history makes West Virginians worry about election fraud. Reports of emergency shipments of pints of whiskey used to buy votes have been seen too many times for us to be apathetic about the issue. Perhaps that is why a widely circulated report of election-related misbehavior originated in ...

The importance of newspapers continue

Today marks the beginning of National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, it’s a week that has been set aside for the past 80 years to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. This year’s theme is America Needs Journalists, and it stands as a ...

Community activities are beginning to return

For more than seven months, we have been reporting on many events across the region that have been forced to close down for the year in response to restrictions and regulations that have been put into place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. There are some events, though, that ...

Crooked officials are far too common

The overwhelming majority of public officials in West Virginia are good, honest men and women trying to do their best for those they serve. Still, bad apples seem to pop up with alarming frequency. One surfaced last week, when a former Mineral County chief deputy circuit clerk pleaded guilty ...

Honoring our Community Stars

The common thread that connects each of this year’s Community Stars is easy to spot — they all do the right thing for their friends, their neighbors and their communities not because they seek the spotlight, but simply because it is the right thing to do. Those unselfish efforts again are ...

Provide safeguards in nursing homes

Since not long after the COVID-19 epidemic began in the United States, we have been urging that protecting nursing home residents needs to be the overriding priority of local, state and federal officials. Yet the disease continues to invade long-term care facilities and kill vulnerable older ...

Wisdom shown in ordinance changes

Members of Weirton City Council made a wise decision Wednesday when they voted to amend a proposed ordinance that would have regulated special events and parades. At issue was legislation that had been proposed during council’s meeting on Sept. 8. That ordinance would have required anyone ...

If it helps a life, it’s worth it

FYI: If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. It is a sobering fact that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people between the ages ...

Solution needed in Brooke PRO debate

Acting Brooke County Sheriff Scott Adams probably was not telling anyone anything they did not know already when he discussed the ongoing dispute between the county commission and the board of education, over how to pay for sheriff’s deputies serving as resource officers at schools. After ...

Campaign off to a promising start

The Weirton United Way’s first — and, so far, only — fundraising event of the 2020 campaign is set for this weekend, and it already appears to be a success. The annual Fall Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course, with officials announcing a full ...