Editorials

Is winning really worth it?

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

A true American

It wasn’t all that long ago that politics still had some semblance of decency about the egotism it takes to get elected. When Sen. John McCain was confronted by people heading to what now is the hostile hysteria of ruling the land, he tried to put the brakes on. It was in Lakeview, Minn., ...

Get two-year colleges on agenda

Perhaps Gov. Jim Justice is right to insist a panel examining four-year colleges and universities stick to its original mission. But at some point — the sooner, the better — community and technical colleges need to be looked at, too. Justice established the Blue Ribbon Commission on ...

Current laws need enforced

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near ...

Vaccines save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Pope took the correct stance

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

It’s time for high school football

The pageantry and excitement of high school football returns this week, and we are once again reminded about the special place the game holds in the hearts of residents from all around the Tri-State Area. Area teams open their seasons Thursday night, when Weirton Madonna hosts Bridgeport, ...

Tourism continues to grow

The tourism industry in West Virginia continues to grow, according to local and state officials, and we need to continue finding ways to capitalize on that. Locally, the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau is tasked with promoting Hancock and Brooke counties in the hopes of ...

Be cautious with school traffic

A reminder to all drivers, be mindful of children and teens as area schools are, or soon will be, back in session. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools or bus stops. And remember, it's the start ...

Justice must be found

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Two-year schools should be included

Big changes may be on the horizon for higher education in West Virginia — part of it, anyway. As for the rest, there are indications it may continue to be treated as the ugly stepsister of the state’s four-year colleges and universities. We refer to the two-year community and technical ...

Davis’ claims without merit

In announcing her resignation from the West Virginia Supreme Court, Robin Davis used all the right buzzwords on Tuesday. She argued the rule of law is being assaulted. She claimed the “will of the people is being denied!” She insisted she and other justices are victims of a plot. Davis ...

Prioritize highway projects

Last September, as West Virginia voters were thinking about how to vote on a proposed $1.6 billion bond issue for highways and bridges, the spot price for crude oil was about $50 per barrel. By a couple of weeks ago, it had soared to more than $70. Petroleum is a key ingredient in asphalt, ...

RISE failures are infuriating

Many victims of the June 2016 floods that devastated areas of southern and central West Virginia have reasons to be angry at the state RISE program, created to help them recover. Delays in actually getting help to them are inexcusable. But at least six flood victims may be wondering whether ...

Get sordid mess behind us

We in West Virginia have made history during the past few months. During the next couple of them, we may make even bigger, national news. One of our state Supreme Court justices, Menis Ketchum, already has resigned in disgrace. He broke the law regarding use of a state-owned vehicle for ...

Restore respect, trust to court

The shock of the year — thus far — for West Virginians came Tuesday, when members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee discussed impeaching the entire state Supreme Court. All four justices are accused of abusing the public’s trust (former Justice Menis Ketchum has resigned ...

Honorees lead by example

Nine current and former residents will join the rolls of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame Sunday, and we offer each of them our congratulations. For a decade now, the Weirton Hall of Fame has worked to recognize residents who have found ways to contribute to the community through the ...

Have a peachy time at annual festival

Homemade peach treats, but with some other savory fare thrown in, will be on the menu for Saturday’s 55th-annual St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Peach Festival. Tri-State Area residents wanting a favorite taste of summer can enjoy peach shortcakes and peach pie from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the ...

5K race a true community event

It is a summer tradition for Weirton. In its 22nd year, the Marland Heights 5K Classic is both a competitive race and a community event, bringing together athletes of all levels, as well as families. This year's race is set for Friday at Marland Heights Park, and whether you are a seasoned ...

Work still needed to eliminate hunger

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...