Editorials

Coping with our own terrorists

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Defense of free speech is critical

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

Bergdahl was the problem

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Making sure the promises are met

Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area. Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to state Route 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock ...

Standards lower for government

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Reacting slowly to the drug crisis

How many West Virginians have died of drug overdoses during the past 11 months? How many more will die during the next nine months? Dozens? Scores? How many of those lives might have been saved had low-income drug addicts been directed to effective treatment programs? Those questions are ...

Small-town America is still alive

Anyone living in the Weirton-Steubenville area who read the New York Times Economic Scene column by Eduardo Porter, “Why Big Cities Thrive and Smaller Ones Are Being Left Behind,” should be angry at its tone and tenor. First, because it portrays the local metropolitan area as being mired ...

Why did it take so long?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Celebrate Christmas a little early

While a look at the calendar shows that Christmas is more than two months away, the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the holiday spirit this weekend. It will all be a part of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 ...

Chili cookoff to be a hot contest

Chili connoisseurs are encouraged to make their way to the Weirton Event Center Saturday for the annual Red Hot in Hancock competition, set to feature cooks from across the country. The contest, to take place from noon to 4 p.m., is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, with proceeds ...