Editorials

Long-term sentence warranted

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

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

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 ...

Honoring our Constitution

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 ...

Congratulations Community Stars

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 ...

Settle Constitution residency question

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

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

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 ...

Bureaucrats are wasting lives

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 ...

Words still carry weight

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 ...

Questions need answered

Recent news that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Stratton will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The facility’s ...

Adjust residency requirement

The improving economy in our region is a good thing, unless you happen to be an employer trying to hire new workers. That can be a challenge for local government officials. Weirton officials are considering a change in rules for municipal employees, for that reason. During a work session ...

Brooke Fair offers something for all

County fairs offer something for just about everyone. And, if you need another reminder, you need look no further than the Brooke County Fair. This year's edition of the annual event, which officially opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park, will feature a wide variety of ...

Trust needs to be established on panel

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Battling the plague of drug abuse

Last week, local media outlets reported plans for the Sept. 15 observance in Wheeling of a statewide “Day of Hope” focusing on the substance abuse crisis. On the same day, a grim report made it clear we can use all the hope we can muster. Last year, 1,011 people died of drug overdoses ...

Take pride in our local labor

While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on the day after the first Monday in September) it should be about more than firing up the grill one more time. People fought for protections for workers in ...

What’s more important?

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Christian Center begins new chapter

After several years of work, the Weirton Christian Center turned the page to a new chapter Aug. 26, opening the doors on its new building. The Weirton Christian Center has been a cornerstone of the community from its earliest days. With this new location, this necessary part of Weirton’s ...

Taking action over threats

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

Ohio Valley is going to the dogs

Dog lovers can unite this weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds when the Friendship Cluster All Breed Dog Show returns. This fantastic four-day event will have canines representing more than 130 breeds and as young as 4 months. It will feature AKC all-breed shows, obedience competitions ...