Editorials

Thanks to our school volunteers

It is easy to overlook the contributions volunteers make to our area schools. They come from all walks of life and in all ages. They are professionals in our community, They are the people who attended school many years ago and are looking for a way to give back to the community. They are ...

There is still division

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. In 50 years much has changed. In 50 years, much hasn’t changed. King is remembered as the leader of a nonviolent movement seeking equality, justice for all, for African-Americans, for the ...

Our children are our top priority

Thousands of West Virginia children are in grave danger, most of them because of the drug abuse epidemic. Bless them — and we do not write that lightly — officials in the state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing what they can to protect the little ones. Forty-eight new ...

Think safety on prom night

Be assured, preparations have long been under way for this year's area high school proms, as area students have been anticipating a truly magical evening for many months. We hope each and every student has a wonderful night filled with friends and fun, as they don formal attire and head off ...

Remember the Resurrection

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king. There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no ...

Volunteers who keep us safe

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we rely primarily on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to help us when disaster strikes. Nationwide, 85 percent of fire departments are staffed either partially or entirely by volunteers. They receive nothing for their skill and ...

Kim Jong Un cannot be trusted

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Honoring the past, looking to the future

For 82 years, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce has been an active part of our community, working to meet the needs of local businesses while providing events and services to benefit many of our residents. The chamber has shown its pride in Weirton and surrounding cities of the Ohio ...

Baseball has returned

It’s easy to sit back and say that Opening Day in Major League Baseball represents nothing more than the first episode in a 162-game drama that begins in the spring, stretches through the summer and ends in the fall. Those who think like that are not true fans. They see the sport as nothing ...

Positive outlook promising

“We have every problem under the sun,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, during Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference last week. But Gee and others at WVU see West Virginia’s woes as an opportunity — solve the problems here and it could help solve ...

Getting tests right in West Virginia

West Virginia public education officials have taken a giant step forward in deciding to use the SAT college entrance test for all Mountain State juniors. Many more steps remain before the valuable standardized testing system we need for public schools is in place, however. Each and every one ...

Build upon what works

A meeting of local officials with Bryce Custer of North Canton-based Ohio River Corridor LLC emphasized something that has to happen: Steubenville needs to do a better job of promoting itself and the good things that are happening that could lay the groundwork for an economic ...

Provide input for the future

Area residents, business owners and others interested are encouraged to attend a town hall event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the future of Weirton. The town hall will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center and is part of the continuing work to update the city's ...

Community wins in annual battle

The students of St. Paul School in Weirton may have come out on top for this year's Battle of the Saints, but the real winners in this annual competition are the Community Bread Basket and the Weirton community. This is the third year for the "battle." The Battle of the Saints is held every ...

Getting answers on state vehicles

Finally, West Virginia legislators have made it clear they are fed up with one aspect of pure sloppiness in state government. They should have done it years ago. During the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that will create a statewide fleet management office ...

Emphasize ways to help addicts

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

War against drugs isn’t slowing down

Just when it seemed West Virginians might be on the road to recovery from the substance abuse epidemic, a new villain changed the rules of the contest. It is fentanyl. During 2016, drug overdoses claimed 884 lives in our state. During the first 11 months of last year, overdoses were fatal 872 ...

High schools to light up the stage

Ohio Valley high school and junior high students have been busy this winter preparing to showcase their talents in a variety of musicals. And area auditoriums will continue to be filled in the coming weeks, offering a great opportunity for relatives, friends and even area residents to support ...

Tariffs become double-edged sword for industry

There was a time not so long ago that the word about steel tariffs being enacted by the president would have brought a whoop of joy up and down the Ohio River valley. That was a decade or more ago, when there were still furnaces cranking out molten steel, casting them into slabs and rolling ...

Be aware of kidney dangers

March is National Kidney Month. It is a good time to think about your kidneys. Unlike other organs, kidney disease often shows no sign of early symptoms. Most people are not even aware they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages, including kidney failure. The American Kidney ...