Editorials

Doing a better job on the state’s roads

Gov. Jim Justice plans to raise $240 million — somehow — to repair secondary roads throughout West Virginia. Even if he does, it will be no more than a partial, temporary fix. In fact, it is easy to recognize that the entire $240 million could be spent right here in the Northern ...

Ensure WVDOH has adequate equipment

Not all the suggestions submitted in response to Gov. Jim Justice’s request for information on secondary road repairs were for specific highway projects. A substantial number of Division of Highways officials say they need better equipment if they are to do a good job of maintaining ...

Feed the hungry with surplus food

It makes no sense at all for schools, corrections institutions and other public entities to throw away food when there are those in our communities who would be delighted to get it. U.S. Rep. David McKinley is absolutely right about that. As he does frequently when not needed on Capitol Hill, ...

Continued business creation and expansion

The latest example that our region is growing and the perfect location for continuing industrial expansion and development came Monday, when Jupiter Aluminum announced it plans to invest in the renovation of the Beech Bottom Industrial Park. Plans call for a $12 million investment by the Des ...

Take me out to the ballgame

Opening Day. If you look at it with all emotions removed, it is only the first of 162 Major League Baseball games that will be played between now and the last week of September. That clinical approach is accurate, however, only if you believe that baseball is nothing more than a game, not a ...

Teaching the leaders of the future

As the years move forward, communities often look to the younger generations to become more involved in the local goings-on, to take the reins and guide their neighborhoods and cities. We’re glad our area has programs such as Youth Leadership Weirton to help teach the importance of our ...

Make opinions on schools count

As Mountain State legislators plan for a special session on improving public schools, everyone involved seems to be determined to address one criticism of the “omnibus education bill” that failed earlier this year. It is that lawmakers did not obtain enough input before writing the ...

Trinity committed to serving the area

Officials with Trinity Health System took the next step toward completing their expansion and renovation Wednesday when they were joined by members of the community for the ceremonial groundbreaking on the long-anticipated project. When work is completed in the spring of 2021, Trinity ...

More growth is on its way

Our region got another economic boost earlier this week when it was learned that more than $30 million will be invested to improve about 30 miles of rail line between Dilles Bottom and Mingo Junction. The project will help existing businesses and pave the way for new businesses looking to ...

Setting priorities for road work

Pity the Division of Highways officials from throughout West Virginia who have been given a tough assignment by Gov. Jim Justice. They have been told to prepare what amount to wish lists for secondary road repairs in each of the 55 counties. Justice issued the mandate during a Tuesday meeting ...

Celebrate the region’s music, art and culture

The goal of a local educator to celebrate the art, music and cultural heritage of West Virginia and the Appalachian region has turned into a tradition, and it returns this weekend for the fifth year. Montani Semper Liberi is being held Friday through Sunday at Oak Glen High School, featuring ...

March Madness has arrived

For fans of college basketball, the last 67 games of the season hold the greatest amount of interest. That’s the number of games that will be played in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Fans in the Tri-State Area saw few surprises when the 68-team field was revealed Sunday ...

Make use of early voting in Weirton

Weirton residents who may not be able to vote on election day, or who may not want to wait in line, will still have an opportunity to have their voices heard. Early voting begins Wednesday in the city, and we encourage registered voters in the city to make use of this time. The city’s early ...

Remembering our social workers

Social workers help people across all socioeconomic lines. March is Social Worker Month, and a good time to thank those working the front lines of helping people. There are about 680,000 social workers across the country, dedicating their life to helping others. They aren’t in it for the ...

Local schools to take the stage

Auditoriums in our area’s schools will be filled during the coming weeks, as the region’s high school and middle schools are presenting their annual spring productions. The presentations offering a great opportunity for relatives, friends and even area residents to support our local ...

Celebrate our history and culture

Residents of the Tri-State Area always have been proud of our ethnic heritage. We love to celebrate our traditions, food and music in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches and through countless other events and gatherings. There will be a chance to take a trip around the world and ...

Punish those who put children at risk

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning lights ...

Reveal details on Bransfield

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

Curb Medicaid fraud in West Virginia

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Education is key to any school bill

Gov. Jim Justice is right to want to keep promises he and some key legislators made to West Virginia public employees last fall. He is also correct in thinking that boosting the pay of public school employees is only half the battle in improving education in our state. Justice has issued a ...