Opinion

Avoid cutting back voting locations

Editorials

Before Brooke County voters go to the polls in November, they may want to double-check locations where they are supposed to cast ballots. There may be fewer of them than there were earlier this month. County commissioners and County Clerk Sylvia Benzo discussed the matter this week. In view ...

Sloppiness needs addressed

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, we don’t ask whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first. Here, we ponder whether it was the corruption in government or the complete lack of accountability that came first. With the Mountain State’s long, sorry history of crooked government officials, one ...

Concert series ready to rock

Editorials

Summer is just around the corner, and that means the weekly free community concerts are kicking off at the Weirton Event Center. This year's summer concert series — the seventh since its inception — will begin this Friday with "Elvis" and a performance by the Original Fantasys. A car ...

Haspel is what America needs

Editorials

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

Changing our views on STEM

Editorials

Young people in West Virginia (and their parents) are told time and again they are facing greater challenges than their peers in almost any other state. It can feel like an impossible task to overcome all we are told we are facing. But West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee knows ...

Celebrate responsibly

Editorials

It’s that time of year when we look ahead to the transition to the next phase of life for high school seniors. They’re young. They’re excited. They’ll want to celebrate their milestones with friends. And while we’re wishing them well on this big step toward their future, it’s ...

Ready for warm-weather activities

Local Columns

The school year will be ending in the next few weeks, swimming pools will be opening and more people are going to be heading outdoors. The air is consistently warmer, the sun is shining most days and people are doing yard work. They’re also looking for things to do as the summer months ...

Get integrity plan in place

Editorials

When West Virginia legislators decided earlier this year to set the groundwork for legalized sports betting, they moved like racehorses. In their haste, they stumbled, enacting a flawed bill. Monday’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a federal ban on sports betting makes ...

History honored at Paris Cemetery

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, History is being honored in what nearly became a forgotten and neglected cemetery in the small village of Paris, Hanover Township, Washington County, Pa. The original burial grounds that began in 1807, was later granted a charter in 1881 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...

Musicals, sports and graduation at Weir High

Local Columns

This week at Weir High School, sports reached a massive peak. The track, baseball and softball teams have all made major achievements. Softball regionals game one was held at Weir against Petersberg, beginning a best out of three for the title. Game two was held at Petersberg. The baseball ...

May is Healthy Vision Month

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, One of the major focuses of Lions Clubs International — the largest humanitarian organization in the world — is vision. In 1921, Helen Keller charged the members of Lions Clubs to become "Knights of the Blind." After that, vision has been a major project for Lions all over ...

Support for our law enforcement officers

Local Columns

As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, state, ...

Thanks to the 3,181

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing to thank all voters who cast ballots in the May 8 primary. A special thanks goes to the 3,181 people who cast ballots for me for West Virginia State Democratic Committee. I am very much a tire, battery and windshield wiper-blade public servant — the things ...

Collect your money now

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We have all seen the ads. Work until you're 70. Remember the governmant wants you to die so all the money is theirs. If you're at least 63 or older, do the math. It's very simple. Right now I am 65 1/2 and if I take my Social Security right now I lose roughly $70 a month, ...

Promising to make spouse spoon happy

Local Columns

Once or twice a year I threaten Better Half or promise him or reaffirm a vow, whatever the appropriate verb is I’m not sure. I tell him I’m going to start making him happy. He just smiles a fake smile and always shoots me a look of disbelief when I announce this. The old “yeah, ...

West Virginia, share your stories

Local Columns

The past year and a half was a time of important accomplishments that will help improve the lives of West Virginians. When Congress passed tax reform legislation at the end of last year, we promised it would help workers and families keep more of their hard-earned money. We promised it would ...

‘Experts’ wrong about West Virginia

Editorials

A lesson should have been learned by politicians — and political analysts — who thought they knew everything about West Virginians in the lead-up to the primary election here. They do not. Plenty of know-it-alls both inside and outside the state decided before the election that Don ...

Where is our nation’s civility?

Editorials

If anyone needs evidence of a complete lack of civility in the average American, the evidence is easily found in the comments on the story about the first lady recovering in the hospital from a kidney procedure. From the usual complaining about the first family having better health care than ...

Bringing elk back to West Virginia

Editorials

There have been no herds of wild elk in West Virginia since 1875. That may be about to change. During the past few years, state officials have been working to reintroduce elk to the Mountain State. A small herd of 35 of them seems to be doing well at a wildlife management area near ...

PEIA rules need reviewed

Editorials

Money is the key challenge facing West Virginia’s Public Employee Insurance Agency. With health care costs increasing continually, neither of the two primary options for dealing with the dilemma seems appealing. One option is providing more taxpayers’ money to subsidize the PEIA. ...