Opinion

Budget restraint eroding in West Virginia

Editorials

A big question in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week was whether Gov. Jim Justice would veto a general revenue budget for about $124 million less than he wants. But elsewhere in the Mountain State, another question may be asked: What happened to the hold-the-line budget Republican ...

Drastic change needed in W.Va.

Editorials

West Virginians — legislators, business owners, workers, students … all of us — are struggling mightily with how to make the changes that will propel us past the mess we have been trying to clean up for the past few years. We are proud, tradition-based people who sometimes lose sight of ...

Take in a high school musical

Editorials

The Ohio Valley truly is alive with the sound of music this time of the year, as area high s and some middle schools, are presenting, or have presented, their annual musical productions. It's a great chance for our area students to showcase their talents, and it's an opportunity for ...

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Local Columns

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...

Youth learn about business, leadership

Local Columns

Last weekend, 26 high school sophomores from our area completed a program developed to provide a glimpse of the business world and some of the skills they may use as they make their way through college and enter the workforce. Youth Leadership Weirton is a program offered each year by the ...

The programs that fund our future

Editorials

The statistics are easy to understand. Just during the last eight years in Hancock and Brooke counties, $15.24 million has been used to leverage more than 10 times its worth, bringing $125.54 million in investments in business and industry. That $15.24 million wasn't pork-barrel spending. ...

Passing thoughts on contest, Easter

Local Columns

Jelly beans, those tiny candies that have been around for ages and were a favorite of President Ronald Regan, are back for the Easter season. Actually, they are around all year in the Jelly Belly bags with all the flavors and themes. The Liberty Gals and Guys 4-H Club went on a jelly bean ...

Working to be real with others

Local Columns

I was once asked, "How can I be more relaxed when I share the gospel with others?" Let's look into the basics of sharing the gospel effectively. We must be real with people whom we seek to reach. The first step is to pray and ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Thus, God's love will ...

Seeking cultural diversity on a California campus

Local Columns

The urban centers of California — San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego — are different from rural and suburban Middle America. They always have been and always will be. But this does not excuse the polarizing treatment that Stanford urbanites throw in the direction of rural Americans. ...

Thankful for those who have helped along the way

Local Columns

I was chatting with a co-worker about Boy Scouts, and he mentioned that he, too, was a Boy Scout, just like the Professor. His parents were involved in leadership positions with a pack and two troops, and they spent many weekends hiking, camping or maintaining local Scout facilities. He told ...