Editorials

In need of a realistic approach

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...

Keep the signs off state property

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Celebrating the past, looking to the future

Weirton may not be known for giant pumpkins or a special type of apple, but organizers of this Saturday’s Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival hope the new event can join the Ohio Valley’s other “heritage” festivals as it celebrates our area’s industrial past. Activities are scheduled ...

Improving health care in rural W.Va.

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Be aware, save a life

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Remove Loughry from the bench

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Looking to make a job change?

Are you thinking about making a job change? Could it be time to pick up some new skills that will make you more valuable in the work force? Or, maybe it’s time to get out and find that first job. Whatever category you fall under, Tuesday’s regional job fair at Undo’s in the Holiday Inn ...

Earning their blue ribbon

Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students of A.T. Allison Elementary School! Located in Chester, Allison is one of 349 schools across the country announced as a National Blue Ribbon School for this year. It was one of only three West Virginia schools to earn the honor, recognized as ...

Getting into the Christmas spirit

The calendar might show that Christmas is still two months away, but the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the spirit of the holiday when the annual Christmas in the Park celebration returns this weekend. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

Journalism still matters

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, "Journalism matters — now more than ever." Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did not. ...

Stop e-cig sale to juveniles

Among the more than 1,100 businesses throughout the country being warned by the Food and Drug Administration to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors are 14 in West Virginia. Do the math: That represents a far higher per capita rate than the national average. Working with local law enforcement ...

Donnelly’s story an inspiration

We hope the world takes as much inspiration as possible from the book by ESPN’s Tom Friend, “The Chicken Runs at Midnight” as those who know Steubenville native and former Major League Baseball coach Rich Donnelly draw from the story. Donnelly has told the story as an inspirational ...

Continuing the spirit of exploration

It's become fashionable in this age of global warming and the rise of ever-tougher diseases to blame Christopher Columbus with destroying the New World. To those who succumb to such talk, we issue a reminder: There would be no New World if Columbus, motivated by either the desire to explore ...

FEMA should show some understanding

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

New mural reflects local history

It's appropriate that the latest mural in the series that covers walls in downtown Steubenville and Hollywood City Center will be dedicated Sunday. That's because the subject of that painting — Moses Fleetwood Walker — was born on Oct. 7, 1857, in Mount Pleasant. What makes him worthy ...

Unmask, punish corrupt officials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Walker was able to breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday. There are others in state government who ought not to be let off the hook. Walker is among justices impeached by the House of Delegates in August. Hers was the first in a series of state Senate ...

Wellsburg Applefest carries on 40-year tradition

A tradition that has brought residents of the Tri-State Area together for many decades will be renewed for the 40th time this weekend. It’s the annual Wellsburg Applefest, which will run Friday though Sunday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town Square. The festival celebrates the ...

Coalition could be valuable

West Virginia’s profile in the natural gas world may be rising even more after last week. Del. Mark Zatezalo announced the state had been accepted as a member of the Energy Council, which he explained is an international coalition focusing on energy-related issues. The group includes 13 ...

Utility investment should be considered

Weirton officials recently began discussing a proposal which would see the expansion of treatment facilities for the city’s water and sanitary services. While it obviously would mean some increase in costs to residents, we feel it is something that needs to be looked into for the future of ...

Make it clear that justice is being done

Even as many eyes are trained on Washington these days, we in West Virginia are going through our own supreme court battle. The one in Washington, over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has degenerated into a vicious confrontation that often seems more a political duel than a search ...