Editorials

A message which still holds meaning

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 ...

Lighting up for the holidays

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 ...

Troubles mounting in Brooke County Schools

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

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?

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

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

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 ...

Continue to live united

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 ...

Saluting the sacrifices of our veterans

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 ...

Pay attention to school buses

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio. We doubt there is a school bus driver ...

Voters demand loyalty to us

No doubt congressional elections in West Virginia on Tuesday had a few national pundits scratching their head in puzzlement. To some, the results may have seemed contradictory. They made perfect sense to Mountain State voters. How, out-of-state analysts unfamiliar with our state’s ...

Drug crisis is a true war

We in West Virginia and Ohio have known for some time that substance abuse is a crisis tearing at the fabric of our states’ futures. West Virginia has the highest illicit drug overdose death rate in the nation (52 per 100,000 residents in 2016, the most recent year covered by the Centers ...

Providing hope for the community

When various parts of a community comes together, it can make a difference. It can provide hope. That’s exactly what has been happening in Weirton since April 2012, and the difference has recently become more visible. Table of Hope was created with one purpose — to provide a hot meal to ...

Let your voice be heard, go vote

Voters in Ohio and West Virginia certainly have plenty of choices on the ballots this year. There are no reasons not to cast a ballot in this year’s general election. Voters in both states will decide on the federal level for Senate and House of Representatives. There also are contested ...

Support levies on your ballots

There are several levy options on the local ballots as part of Tuesday’s election, and while we understand the idea of taxes isn’t something many of us want to think about we are encouraging our residents to vote in favor of them and continue providing the services on which they are ...

Armstead, Jenkins right choices for court

Most people seeking public office are able to attract votes by pledging to spend government money on local needs ranging from highways to economic development. Candidates for judicial positions cannot do that. They can promise only fairness, both to those who appear in court before them and ...

Be alert during deer season

Drivers need to be careful this time of the year to avoid deer crashes. But the odds are against you driving in Pennsylvania and Ohio and especially in West Virginia. The odds of a Mountain State resident having an insurance claim because of a deer collision is 1 in 46. In Pennsylvania, it ...

Impeachment issues linger

Impeachment proceedings involving West Virginia Supreme Court justices could just fade away without having been concluded. Some in the public may conclude pursuing them is unnecessary. One of the justices, Elizabeth Walker, already has been tried and acquitted by the state Senate. The three ...

Recht was legal giant for West Virginia

When Arthur Recht passed away Sunday, it was a loss not just for Wheeling and the Northern Panhandle, but for our state as a whole. Recht had an incredible record of public service as a circuit judge and state Supreme Court justice. His dedication and ability were such that even in retirement ...

Show support for Amendment 2

Purchases such as $32,000 for a couch, $114,000 for picture frames and $500,000 to remodel one justice’s office have made it clear more fiscal discipline is needed at the West Virginia Supreme Court. Issue 2 on the Nov. 6 election ballot would provide some of it through an amendment to the ...