Editorials

Keeping up with international relations

Economic development often is more of a marathon than a sprint. Projects many of us may feel should be simple, usually can take years of negotiations before an announcement can be made, let alone before any construction or hiring can take place. Those involved in the process also have a large ...

Look to the future of West Virginia

As we marked our state’s birthday Tuesday, some West Virginians may have wondered whether there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is 5 percent. We are the only state in the union with a workforce participation rate below 50 percent. The poverty rate here is 17.9 percent, compared ...

Get real input on education

Obviously, the national Common Core curriculum seemed like a good idea to many leaders in West Virginia’s public education establishment. Just a couple of years ago, it seemed as if the plan was set in stone for our state. Someone forgot to check with the people of our state, however. ...

Penguins showed heart, teamwork

Area fans of hockey are riding high on the shoulders of the Pittsburgh Penguins, again among the rare ranks of the back-to-back Stanley Cup winners in the NHL. The extra 25 games of the 2017 NHL post-season tournament that it took for the Penguins to bring home the hardware for the second ...

Happy Father’s Day

Fatherhood is not a matter of biology. It's a matter of dedication, attitude and a life's choice to realize that, no matter what the world says, role models do matter. To be a father is about love. That's a tricky subject in a world where men are portrayed as aloof, athletic or just plain ...

Welcome to Weirton, Pietro Fiorentini

The best things come to those who wait. It's a saying which has been proven true recently as a long-awaited development project in our area has taken another step closer to completion. On June 9, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held to officially welcome Pietro Fiorentini to Weirton, with ...

Keep the river clean

Volunteers have gathered on the banks of the Ohio River and its tributaries on a Saturday morning in June to pick up debris and trash for many years now. River Sweep, now in its 28th year, is the largest environmental event of its kind. It encompasses six states and more than 3,000 miles of ...

Better managing state vehicle fleet

Most West Virginians already understand the entrenched bureaucrats in Charleston — and the elected officials who should be keeping an eye on them — have no interest in making the necessary changes to state government that would cut it and its spending so they can serve the state without ...

Remember what the flag represents

On June 14, 1777, nearly a year after the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress adopted a 13-star, red-white-and-blue flag as the emblem of the new nation, the United States of America. We should think about that every time we see the flag, now with a star for ...

Celebrate Dean this week

It’s been 100 years since he was born, but his name continues to carry magic. That’s what make this week special, as Steubenville again prepares to honor a famous son, Dino Crocetti, who went on to become known around the world as Dean Martin. The event annually draws fans from around ...