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Editorials

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DOWN: To those in positions to give residents of our region information that will help them not only understand the situation they face, but keep themselves healthy or seek testing, who instead choose to hide behind privacy regulations in releasing as little information as possible and in an ...

Vigilance: Restrictions necessary to save the vulnerable

We in West Virginia have been relatively fortunate, so far, in the COVID-19 outbreak. But if we are to avoid a tragedy such as that in Washington state, we must redouble vigilance regarding the most vulnerable among us. At last count, 20 people at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown had ...

Be Smart: Follow guidelines and stop the spread

West Virginia now has community spread of COVID-19, and in fact saw its number of confirmed cases nearly double in one day earlier this week. There is no more pretending we have managed to avoid the monster that is attacking the rest of the nation. According to Dr. Jeff Coben, dean of the ...

Exercise: Get outside, but keep your distance

So your gym is closed, and you stocked up on enough non-perishable foods to last quite some time, maybe not spending as much money on the fresher, healthier stuff. Now what? How do we stay active and healthy while sticking to the governor’s stay-at-home order? Some local gyms have begun ...

Stay Home: Keeping apart is something we can do

Gov. Jim Justice was absolutely correct over the weekend in describing how the upheaval of COVID-19 is affecting many West Virginians. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” Justice noted. By Monday, Justice was giving the stay-at-home order to ...

Rainy Day: The time to tap the fund is near

West Virginia’s state budget, already in the doldrums, is about to take a severe beating. More important, many Mountain State residents are facing serious, perhaps financially catastrophic, trouble. State officials should be finding a way to help them financially. We are not alone, of ...

Corruption: Insider-trading senators should be prosecuted

Members of Congress and federal officials who dragged their feet at the end of last week in developing and presenting language for an economic relief package should be ashamed of themselves. If nothing else, it shows how little they care about seeming absurdly out of touch with ordinary ...

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UP: To the City of Parkersburg, which was informed of no major issues or findings in its 2018-19 fiscal year audit. Mayor Tom Joyce is right. “I would think that the public should be pleased with the fact that it was a clean audit, there were no findings, which is rare when you consider the ...

Education: Flexible expectations will be required

Just a month ago, students and, no doubt, teachers in West Virginia and Ohio were looking forward to nice spring breaks and classes ending for the year in late May or early June. Mother Nature had been good to us, after all, with few instructional days lost to bad weather. Then Mother Nature ...

Challenges: Small businesses need our help during crisis

In these extraordinary times, nearly every one has faced some kind of challenge as a result of the attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. Among the hardest hit will be small business owners — especially if those small businesses are restaurants, bars, or depend on larger gatherings of ...

Voting: West Virginia officials must start planning

West Virginia’s primary election is scheduled to be held May 12, less than two months from now. Though it we all hope COVID-19 will be a much less serious concern by then, it is beginning to seem more likely it will still be with us. Monday, Ohio officials decided that, to safeguard the ...

COVID-19: W.Va.’s senators doing important work

Our West Virginia representatives and senators in Congress have crucial roles to play in the COVID-19 outbreak. Much of what needs to be done will have to happen in Washington — and lawmakers are our eyes, ears and voices there. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., ...

Sunshine: Journalists keep watch over government

Local newspapers do a great deal to shine a light on that which some wish would remain in the dark, so that our readers get all the information they need about what is happening in our communities. This year’s Sunshine Week falls during the first week of school closures in West Virginia and ...

Flexibility: Be smart, be safe, and help each other

It is easy, right now, to get a little caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for ...

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UP: To all our local first responders, but particularly to members of the Parkersburg Fire Department who gave us an unsettling reminder of just how dangerous their jobs can be this week. When two were injured during what should have been a routine house fire call, Capt. Brian Drake said “We ...

Predators: Justice should sign bill protecting children

For generations, the easy way for county school systems to deal with faculty and staff members accused of abusing children is to allow them to resign. Make the problem quietly go away; end of story (for the school system anyway) — unless, as has happened, the predator moves elsewhere and ...

Safety: Drivers must stay alert for children

As school starts each year, warning abound about drivers being alert for children who are more likely to be out and about — perhaps walking to and from school. Two recent incidents remind us drivers must by hypervigilant as the weather warms up, too. Sunday, a Belpre 6-year-old was in front ...

Bipartisanship: Lawmakers deserve praise for crafting budget

West Virginia politicians can fight like cats and dogs — or, perhaps more apt these days, like Democrats and Republicans at the national level. But events of the past week in Charleston have given Mountain State residents reason for confidence that when it is crucial, thoughtful, ...

COVID-19: Transparency will be important for public safety

Though two cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, have been identified in Pennsylvania, residents of the state’s western counties know they have little immediate cause for concern. That is because Gov. Tom Wolf, in revealing the information Friday, noted the two cases are in Delaware and Wayne ...

Safety First: Despite rain, stick to the rules on burning

Mid-Ohio Valley residents with soggy yards and damp basements might be forgiven for grumbling “enough with the rain already” when the skies open up these days. It has been a wet winter, there is no doubt. But that doesn’t mean we can throw caution to the wind as spring approaches. Ohio ...