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Editorials

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 ...

A rock legend remembered

If you enjoy today’s music and the way it is presented, you owe thanks to Richard Penniman, who rose from a life of poverty in Macon, Ga., to become Little Richard, one of the founders of rock ‘n’ roll who died Saturday at the age of 87. His work in the 1950s went beyond changing the ...

Project some needed good news for area

A long-discussed project appears to be moving forward in Weirton, and if all goes well, it should result in a development of which the entire Ohio Valley can be proud. Weirton city officials, representatives of Park Drive Development LLC, the Business Development Corp. of the Northern ...

Prison transfers were a bad idea

Protecting one group of people against COVID-19 by endangering another makes no sense. Yet that is precisely what the U.S. Bureau of Prisons was doing. It had been transferring inmates out of some prisons and into others. There are two federal prisons for men in West Virginia, in Gilmer and ...

Getting help to our communities

Business shutdowns and curtailments resulting from COVID-19 are hurting local government entities substantially. They are losing significant revenue needed to support municipal and county services. Just this week, city council members in Chester were forced to lay off six municipal employees. ...

Today, we honor our mothers

While honoring mom today — and you should be if you have a mother or other significant nurturing woman in your life — it’s also a time to consider the work mothers do. It can be measured in monetary terms — according to salary.com, the work of a stay-at-home mom as worth more than ...

Being realistic about broadband

Too often, the reports federal officials use to claim they are using taxpayers’ money effectively overstate results. So it is with a report on broadband access to the internet, issued by the Federal Federal Communications Commission. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has written to FCC ...

Keeping West Virginians safe during reopening

On Monday, week three of West Virginia’s business reopening campaign will permit drive-in movie theaters and certain “wellness” centers to resume operations. Yes, that’s it. As Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus response coordinator, explained Tuesday, “the aggressiveness of ...

Continue supporting the United Way

Our local United Ways and their member agencies will continue to need support from the people of the Ohio Valley, even as many of us are looking to regain our own footing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More residents have found themselves going to agencies such as the Salvation Army ...

Deserving of our endless gratitude

Even though they deserve our thanks every day, it’s important this week that we recognize the efforts of firefighters and nurses. Members of both groups have critical roles in the day-to-day operation of our communities, especially now, as they find themselves among those who are on the ...

Get state’s casinos, LVLs reopened

Getting legalized gambling back up and running in West Virginia may not seem a high priority as we prepare to “reopen” our state. It should be. Gov. Jim Justice’s order a few weeks ago to close casinos and limited video lottery outlets — the bars, stores, etc., with electronic slot ...