Opinion

West Virginia can learn from the Wasteland

Local Columns

Normally, this space is where I brief you on the whispers inside the state Capitol, but this week is the Thanksgiving holiday and you’ll get enough politics around your dining room table on Thursday. Now it’s time for something completely different. For the last few weeks I’ve been ...

A message which still holds meaning

Editorials

The Civil War was far from over on Nov. 19, 1863, when the dedication ceremonies were held for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg. Politicians and dignitaries had gathered in the small Pennsylvania town to remember the battle of July 1-3 of that year in which Union forces had ...

Students grow stronger in their faith

Local Columns

Weirton Madonna High School is a small member of the universal and worldwide community that is the Catholic Church. The staff at Madonna reminded their students of this close worldwide unity by inviting a missionary/ministerial group to host a retreat for the young Blue Dons. This retreat for ...

Homework assignment: Be thankful!

Local Columns

Better Half was helping me make a quick and convenient dinner the other evening, i.e. something relatively instant, given that’s my cooking forte. I was getting ready to throw some individual pot pies into the oven, paying heed to the directions that call for wrapping the crust edge with a ...

Start the tradition of giving this Christmas

Local Columns

We received our first measurable amount of snow for the season Thursday evening. I went ahead and took the opportunity to purchase my Christmas cards. A few gifts are ordered, or at the very least thought of, and others are asking me for ideas on what I want. Decorations are hanging from ...

Lighting up for the holidays

Editorials

The special glow that comes with the Christmas season once again will be seen as communities across the Tri-State Area hold their light-up events. Those evenings help to create a sense of joy and anticipation as they bring residents together to celebrate and enjoy a festive atmosphere where ...

Thanks for helping veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of Millsop Community Center, my staff and myself, I would like to thank all of the people who donated good clothing to the veterans and their families, and who made this drive another success. I’m grateful as a Vietnam veteran to be able to be in a position to help ...

Shop local this holiday season

Local Columns

We are faced with many choices when it comes to spending our money, especially this time of year, when the Christmas shopping season is ready to hit its full stride. With that in mind, it’s important to remember the impact that spending can have on the local economy. That’s the message ...

Unethical, unscrupulous, oblivious

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At this writing, I’m still waiting on the Democratic National Committee to make a statement condemning these painfully, glaringly obvious attempts at election fraud in Florida and Georgia. Mainly Florida. There was reportedly at least one precinct in Georgia where hundreds ...

Thanks for donation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On Nov. 10, the American Legion held a Veterans Day celebration at its home on Main Street. During the event they also dedicated a new flag pole to replace the one that was damaged during a wind storm. That flagpole was dedicated to Sgt. Joey Perito, who died in Vietnam in ...

The power of giving thanks

Local Columns

What if we woke up today with the things with which we gave God thanks? This question would be a scary proposition for most people. We too often put our focus on the material things we don’t possess and complain about the valuable possession we have at hand. My wife asked the children at ...

Troubles mounting in Brooke County Schools

Editorials

This one isn’t going to fade away quickly. If Brooke County Schools Superintendent Toni Shute had any illusions about that, they were dispelled Tuesday. A large crowd of people attended the county board of education meeting held that day in the gymnasium at Brooke Middle School. Many in the ...

Weirton lighting up the night

Editorials

For the third year, the City of Weirton will be lighting up the night Saturday, and we hope to see the community turn out for the festivities. The City of Weirton, working with Renaissance Weirton and a number of local businesses, will light up the official community Christmas tree, with a ...

Is it time to let it go?

Editorials

Just two of the five people who were West Virginia Supreme Court justices less than four months ago remain on the bench. Three justices have resigned in a scandal over corruption, mismanagement and waste of taxpayers’ money. It may be time to call it a day, as we in the Mountain State say ...

Taking the first step toward quitting

Editorials

This Thursday is a good day to clear the air, so to speak. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers, hopefully, will make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit ...

Program provides chance for leadership

Editorials

Leadership Ohio Valley is officially under way, with a class of 11 men and women from across the region hoping to make a difference in their communities. Previously known as Leadership Weirton, the program is operated by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, and is open to business people ...

Just a few post-election observations

Local Columns

We made it through Election Day, and I have the following observations I’d like to make. After covering the first state Supreme Court elects under the nonpartisan category, it’s my humble opinion that the experiment failed completely. I was for making judicial elections nonpartisan. I ...

Continue to live united

Editorials

The Weirton United Way has reached 63 percent of its $240,000 goal for the 2018 campaign, volunteers and officials with the charitable organization learned Friday. That’s good news for the community, but those involved know there still is a long way to go. There are two major fundraising ...

The wonders of winterizing revisited

Local Columns

I spent the past week winterizing, a seasonal exercise that involves physical and emotional effort. Sometimes very emotional, very painful. After all, I am not a fan of the approach of cold weather, but I do realize that, like it or lump it big time, it happens, so get over it. Our local ...

Saluting the sacrifices of our veterans

Editorials

They come from all walks of life and all races. They practice different faiths and are representative of all segments of our society, but they all share a common trait — they all have been willing to stand tall and fight to preserve the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, knowing that ...