Editorials

Looking toward the new year

Today is the first day of 2019, and if the new year is anything like 2018, residents around the Tri-State Area can expect to see some exciting developments. As with the start of any new year, there’s a sense of hope, a feeling of optimism and the thought that things will be a little ...

Learn from our losses in the new year

We were reminded during the second half of this year of the importance of public service, and had the opportunity to look back at a time when governing represented the art of compromise, a period when opinions were valued and decisions were reached only after thought and deliberation. Sadly, ...

A dramatic afternoon of NFL action

There no doubt will be some conflicting emotions felt by fans throughout the Tri-State Area as the final games of the National Football League’s regular season play out today. The Pittsburgh Steelers, at one time considered to be among the favorites to earn a spot in February’s Super ...

Taking a lead in environmental safeguards

It seems very likely construction of the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will proceed at Dilles Bottom. If so, it will open a door of opportunity for many in the Ohio Valley. In addition, it will be an opportunity to get environmental protection right — in the minds of ...

Include provision on black lung

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians and Ohioan who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal ...

It’s time for the college bowl games

If you are a real fan of college football, this is the week you have been waiting for. It’s the high point of the bowl season, and fans throughout the Tri-State Area will looking forward to several games. Granted, a lot of interest in the bowls was lost on Dec. 2, when members of the ...

Don’t drink and drive this holiday season

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Remember the true meaning

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

He exists within us all

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Light displays show community pride

Look around your neighborhoods — the holiday spirit is alive and well. Twinkling, and even laser, lights, as well as animated holiday characters can be seen on the outside of homes and businesses this time of the year, fostering a creative and often competitive spirit among homeowners and ...

Volunteers drive our communities

Volunteering in and around our communities knows no deadlines. There’s no cutoff time or day when it just stops, and for that we are truly grateful. We’ve said it before, but we believe the Upper Ohio Valley’s volunteers are some of the best. They continue to be the backbone of our ...

Questions remain over WVNCC property

After West Virginia Northern Community College officials finish with a collective sigh of relief, they need to ensure nothing like the original cause of their concern occurs again. What could have been an enormous loss to the college involved a lot across the street from the main campus in ...

Exercise patience with the gifts of pets

It’s the time of year when trips to area malls and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines being ...

Innovation may be the answer again

West Virginia has the fourth-lowest rate for workers’ compensation insurance in the nation, according to a study by the state of Oregon. But within the memory of many in the Mountain State, our program was close to insolvency and collapse. What changed? Privatization is the obvious — ...

Rethink priorities in Brooke schools

Perhaps it is time for Brooke County public school officials to rethink their priorities. That was suggested to them recently. During their meeting last Monday, board of education members heard from two upset students and an equally unhappy teacher. Sarah Ross, a senior at Brooke High ...

There’s still time to give this Christmas

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Steel on its way back to the Ohio Valley

Our region is poised to return as an important steel production center, area residents learned during Wednesday’s annual breakfast meeting of the Jefferson County Port Authority. That opportunity will come from JSW Steel USA, which plans to invest more than $500 million at the site of the ...

Law enforcement brightens the holidays

It seems that news has been full of interactions between police and civilians that have gone disastrously wrong. That is why our area police forces’ Shop With a Cop events are such a breath of fresh air. It is a relief to see police interaction in a positive light. For the most part, our ...

Keep up fight against black lung

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

Enact Weld’s plan for veterans court

State Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld is right in his desire to establish — or, rather, resume — a special type of court in West Virginia. His fellow legislators and the state Supreme Court should embrace his initiative. Weld, R-Brooke, plans to introduce legislation to establish a ...