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Editorials

Diplomacy: Biden has huge task ahead of him

As President Joe Biden spoke before the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, he had a lot on his mind. From a pandemic to human rights and social justice issues; from climate change to the end of a 20-year war, Biden talked about the world being at an “inflection point in ...

Blue Ribbon: Criss Elementary earned distinction

Wood County residents already know how well our schools have met the challenges of the past year-and-a-half, and how dedicated the staff, teachers and administrators are to providing the best education possible for our kids. One of those schools has performed well enough to earn rare honors, as ...

Obesity: Pandemic recovery will take some effort

Nearly every day, we learn of a new way in which COVID has affected us. Last week, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a new one: obesity. According to The Ohio Capital Journal, the number of states with high obesity numbers doubled since 2018, with both Ohio ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To volunteers from the Education Alliance and students from local schools who honored first responders by power-washing around Williamstown High School, trimming hedges, planting flowers and performing other tasks to improve the area. “I wanted to thank all our first responders ... who ...

Broadband: Accurate coverage maps are vital to progress

Internet service providers are challenged by West Virginia — that is no surprise. What might come as a surprise, then, is the Federal Communications Commission maps that rely on self-reported data from those same providers that falsely claim much larger areas of the state have internet ...

Economy: Do your part to fight COVID

Cracks are beginning to show in the economic recovery we hoped was under way after encouraging signs this spring and summer. The double whammy of individuals’ failure to do what is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida means ...