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Editorials

Vital services

Most of the news about government’s response to COVID-19 has been released at the state and federal levels. But as the epidemic spreads, local governments will become more and more critical. Some municipal and county officials in our area already have begun planning for that time. Those who ...

Not the time for politics

Should Gov. Mike DeWine have called the Ohio General Assembly into session last week to decide whether the state’s primary election should have been delayed? Of course. Should Secretary of State Frank LaRose have left it up to lawmakers to set a new date for the election? ...

Opening our eyes

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breathe, no vaccine to be available quickly and not ...

Helping each other

Today will be the last day of school for students in Eastern Ohio for three weeks — unless their school has closed already as a precaution against COVID-19, the coronavirus. That makes sense from a public health standpoint — but it will result in difficulty for many children and families. ...

Getting the facts on COVID-19

“Share facts, not fear.” That is the best advice we have heard regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus. It came from Dr. Clark Milton, chairman of Wheeling Hospital’s infection control committee and director of corporate health, on Tuesday. One key to remaining calm as we deal ...

An agent of change

For one reason or another, the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority was a mess just a couple of years ago. A sort of night-and-day transformation has occurred, and it provides an important lesson for those who oversee local government agencies. More than 660 units of public housing are ...

COVID-19 facts needed

Three people in Ohio have contracted COVID-19, state officials revealed Monday. Members of the public know where they live and how they came in contact with the coronavirus that causes the disease, in addition to other relevant facts. Will West Virginians be informed in a similar fashion, ...

Rules for a reason

A little more than a week ago, a Shadyside man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for giving someone tobacco. That may seem incredible, but we believe the judge’s decision was appropriate and important. William Runyan’s actions may seem harmless on the surface, ...

Disaster shelter needed

We never know when disaster might strike. When it does, we need for resources and help to be readily available. The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department is working to make sure that is the case here in Belmont County. The BVFD expects to soon be approved as an official disaster shelter by the ...

Stay calm on investments

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments. For most people, those funds are locked in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. That means other people make most of the decision for us. But for those who can and do make ...

Jail woes continue

Overcrowding at the county jail was a topic of discussion — again — by Belmont County commissioners last week. Commissioners noted that the jail has a capacity of 144 people — while the average daily number of those in county custody is about 190. Those excess inmates have forced ...

Center’s future bright

A long period of uncertainty has come to a close in Monroe County. For many months, there was considerable doubt about the future of the Monroe County Care Center, a 60-bed nursing facility in Woodsfield that had been owned and operated by the county for decades. In recent years, the center ...

Build needed trust

At first glance, it seems strange that members of two public bodies dedicated to the welfare of Steubenville residents would not trust one another. Blame their members’ experience with disagreements over just what is best for the community. Surely enough trust — backed up with a ...

Senior services important

About 2,000 older Belmont County residents are helped by the county Senior Services agency, reported its director, Gary Armitage, last week. Armitage’s report, made to Belmont County commissioners, was a reminder of the importance of local government services to senior citizens. Armitage ...

Adjust rental rules

A dispute between the city of Steubenville and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission appears to be a case of two strikes, you’re out. Rather than argue with the umpire — the CRC in this situation — municipal officials should accept the call and move on. Last fall, former Steubenville ...

Prepare for winter weather

A little more than a week ago, motorists on Interstate 70 in Belmont County were caught off guard by a sudden blast of winter weather. On Feb. 8, after scattered snow showers had fallen across Ohio throughout the day, a band of heavy snow blown by strong winds caused “whiteout” conditions ...

Congratulations, spellers!

What do the words “supine” and “cadaverous” have in common? More than you might think, including the fact that they carried a local scholar to victory on Thursday evening. After successfully spelling both words correctly at the end of the annual Belmont County Spelling Bee, ...

Guard against flu

As news reports last week indicated Ohio has at least two confirmed cases of the Wuhan strain of coronavirus, most health officials urged calm - and suggested the virus that has so far killed approximately 170 people is not the killer that should have our attention. According to the U.S. ...

Stiff sentence may be merited

Judges at all levels of our criminal justice system have tough jobs to perform. They must carefully consider the facts of each individual case they hear and find a way to balance them with the requirements of the law as they hand down sentences to convicted offenders. In one ongoing Belmont ...

Prepare to participate in March 17 vote in Ohio

A presidential election will define the political climate of 2020, with more than a half dozen serious contenders on the Democratic side and President Donald Trump the presumed Republican nominee. What some area residents may not realize, though, is that time to ensure you can participate in ...