Editorials

Trump can’t forget about Pence

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

It’s the office that’s important

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask our current president, Donald J. Trump, or the last two men who held the office before him, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. And, while your ...

Road will assist development

Extending a road could have huge implications for the future of business development in Weirton. During its meeting Monday, Weirton Council agreed to fund an engineering study and planning for a proposed extension of Park Drive, located in the Three Springs Business Park. If it moves forward, ...

CO detectors save lives

Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, can’t be smelled and can’t be heard, but poisoning from it can be prevented. The Steubenville community still is mourning the deaths of James and Carolyn Swearingen Jr., who were found in their Lincoln Avenue home nearly two weeks ago. Carbon monoxide ...

Improving state’s public education

West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more than ...

Paying the price for war on coal

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes, we reported last weekend. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly ...

Weirton area lives united

In a time where it often is difficult to find support for a variety of programs, the Weirton United Way was able to exceed its goal for the 2016 campaign. That announcement came last week during the campaign’s final official report luncheon, when United Way officials revealed $260,326.85 ...

Reject proposed revival of estate tax

West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so Wednesday, during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state ...

Marching toward baseball season

While the Tri-State Area has — so far — managed to escape much of the bad winter weather we have come to expect, there are many signs that spring is not that far off, the most reliable of which happens this week. That's when pitchers and catchers report for Major League Baseball's spring ...

What about our budgets?

Gov. Jim Justice offered West Virginians a choice during his State of the State speech on Wednesday. Increase taxes by about $600 million … or else. Or else what? “Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities other ...