Opinion

Long-term sentence warranted

Editorials

Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, apparently had little use for the traditional part of a physician’s creed, to “first, do no harm.” By appearances, Hagins’ was willing to pad his own pockets by adding to the misery of others. Hagins, 52, had the justice system book thrown at him ...

Have a safe homecoming

Editorials

A tradition that is a highlight of fall is under way as area high schools celebrate their homecoming events. Students get the chance at this early point in the school year to go enjoy the company of their friends, as well as family and alumni who come to the events that ensure, regardless of ...

Healthy habits an individual choice

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, our local and state governments seem to jump through most of the hoops regarding how well healthy eating habits are encouraged and assisted. Healthy food financing initiatives? Check. Physical education at all public school levels? Check. Requirements for early ...

The political process of impeachment

Local Columns

We now have dates for the trials on the remaining justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — including a date for one justice who already resigned — but not before the impeachment managers for the House of Delegates confused everyone. The morning of Sept. 11 I was given a ...

Honoring our Constitution

Editorials

Today we honor our Constitution, the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of Independence 11 years before. There to reform the Articles of ...

Grill fired a new acronym on the menu?

Local Columns

Grill fired. After some hesitation and an unwillingness on my part to admit that I really didn’t know, I offered those two words to Better Half when we were scanning the menu at Hog Heaven, a restaurant in New Philadelphia. And I said them with authority. That always helps when you ...

Our communities are living united

Local Columns

The campaigns for our local United Way organizations are well under way, and representatives will be going through our communities asking for contributions, planning fundraising events and raising awareness of the good done by the United Way and the various member agencies. The Weirton United ...

Congratulations Community Stars

Editorials

The residents of our region who will be honored as Community Stars Monday evening have at least one, very important thing, in common — they have shown time and again they are willing to do the right thing for no other reason than it is the right thing to do. We're certain you will see that ...

Our president is delusional

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The president is delusional, and his actions are bringing America to its knees. The world might not be laughing as much as it is worried about what is next from a mind that, as the saying went on the factory floor in every company in America when an employee showed erratic ...

Finding the true power of hope

Local Columns

Pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado in his new book entitled, "Unshakeable Hope," asks, "Where do you turn in a world full of despair, depression, anxiety, and instability? A world where an increasing number of people are choosing suicide out of an extreme lack of hope? How can the ...

Settle Constitution residency question

Editorials

West Virginia’s state constitution states that the governor is supposed to live in the capital city, Charleston. Gov. Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg and has no plan to move. Justice insists he is in touch with state government adequately and does not need to live in the governor’s ...

Oldtime fun at the fair

Editorials

Some oldtime fun will be found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history and community ...

Be conservative on state budget

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice deserves to revel in his “I told you so” moment over West Virginia’s state budget. At the same time, legislators who doubted him earlier this year are to be encouraged to keep up the good work. Just two months into the fiscal year, collections for the general revenue ...

Go out and rock the vote, West Virginia

Local Columns

Election Day is only a few months away, and while there will be much focus on the candidates and races, far little attention will be paid to making sure you’re registered to vote. That’s why September is National Voter Registration Month. Just for a disclaimer, I’m a former assistant ...

Bureaucrats are wasting lives

Editorials

During the past year, West Virginians have had plenty of reasons to be upset with state government. We learned of foot-dragging in getting $150 million in help to victims of severe flooding. Then it came to light that for years, no one was minding the fiscal and ethical stores at the state ...

All hail the invention of Taco in a Bag

Local Columns

You would have thought I had just discovered the cure for the common cold or had invented the airplane or electricity or the automobile or the Internet. Instead, I had not only prepared but divulged the recipe for — a roll of the drum here, folks, and a clank of a couple of skillets while ...

Just why did Nike decide to do it?

Local Columns

A few days back, Nike unveiled its newest promotional advertisement, featuring Colin Kaepernick, the polarizing NFL player known primarily for kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest against social injustice. The ad features Kaepernick’s face, with the statement ...

Words still carry weight

Editorials

The choice to print an unsigned guest op-ed column from someone claiming to be an insider at the Trump White House who is part of a resistance within the White House, was simply wrong. In a world where misinformation is easily distributed, where anyone with a computer and a keyboard can share ...

West Virginia needs more anti-tobacco legislation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Research has proven that regularly increasing taxes on tobacco products helps decrease tobacco use. This helps society in the long run, as this prevents people from getting cancer and decreases healthcare costs. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action ...

Help fight hunger

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, September is Hunger Action Month across the United States. In West Virginia, hunger is a serious issue for 267,000, or 1 in 6 West Virginians every day. Hunger isn't always something that can be identified at a glance. Sometimes it's the single parent skipping a meal so ...