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Opinion

We expect better

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Knowledge is power with coronavirus

Local Columns

In my last column, I talked about the fog of war when it comes to the coronavirus. That’s why more, not less, information is needed from the state on not just positive cases, but the state seems content peddling information that in some cases is two days old. The state Department of Health ...

Restaurants earn our regard, help

Editorials

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 ...

Feeling just a little out of sorts mentally

Local Columns

Better Half read me the poll question in the newspaper, then waited for my response. “Do you feel the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your mental health?” I frowned. Yes and no. I have felt a little distracted, maybe more so than usual. Extra stressed, I suppose if the truth be ...

There are reasons for our letters policy

Local Columns

A letter to the editor submission came through our Virtual Newsroom early last week. Titled “Surviving the coronavirus,” what started as a discussion of the ongoing pandemic quickly turned into an encouragement of taking up a diet based more on vegetables and fruits, and less on meats, ...

Trail will bring opportunity

Editorials

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 ...

Editor’s Note

Letters to the Editor

(Editor’s note: May 3 will be the final date letters will appear concerning any of the races in West Virginia’s May 12 primary elections. In order to be published, letters must be received no later than noon, May 1)

Live the word and confirm the truth

Local Columns

2 Timothy 2:15 — Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. In 1st century Hebrew culture, there were those who were employed in the law and were knowledgeable of scripture. These folks were ...

Think of others

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is ridiculous that people are so greedy and selfish, that they have to hoard food and personal things. Leave some for other people. Do your once-a-week shopping and don’t hoard. That’s the problem, the media blows everything out of control. It’s nice to know ...

Protecting your wallet in the world of COVID-19

Local Columns

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in state government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus. For us, that means enforcing the state’s consumer law, maintaining the ...

Dean Martin Festival will continue to thrive

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Let’s try to keep the number of missteps low

Local Columns

In this time of increased anxiety, worry and in some cases panic over the coronavirus, Gov. Jim Justice has mostly done a good job trying to encourage people to social distance from others and not panic. What he did Saturday night and last Thursday might have undone a lot of the good he has ...

Guarding against the wrong target

Editorials

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 ...

2020 is shaping up to be one weird year

Local Columns

It’s only when your routine is disrupted that you realize the beauty of it. Normally the blocks fill up fast on my desk calendar for March, April and May as so many women’s clubs, service organizations and nonprofits have their events planned, the vast majority of them serving as ...

We will get through it as a community

Local Columns

West Virginia is officially a part of the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of reports from other states, and the sharing of various memes and jokes online, we learned Tuesday of the first positive case of COVID-19 in the Mountain State. By Friday night, we were up to eight confirmed cases, ...