Editorials

Check your clocks, smoke detectors

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

Bidding farewell to a community landmark

The basic oxygen plant constructed by Weirton Steel Corp. has, for decades, been a landmark in the Weirton community, marking the skyline with its easily recognizable “claws” reaching into the sky. Dubbed the “mill of tomorrow” when it was designed, it became a focal point of the ...

Push for improvements at Tomlinson Run

A series of improvements could be on its way to Tomlinson Run State Park, and that would be good for residents and visitors alike. The announcement was made last week by Hancock County commissioners, who said they have been working with the state Division of Natural Resources during the last ...

Compromise on court funding

Among multiple budget battles state legislators will work to resolve this week is one over how much taxpayers will spend to ensure justice is done in West Virginia. That is because House of Delegates members, in a strikingly bipartisan vote, have agreed to slash spending by the state Supreme ...

Consider adding to Weirton fire service

Some Weirton City Council members seem to agree with Fire Chief Jerry Shumate that the community needs more paid firefighters. The question, as Councilman George Ash put it last week, is “how are we going to pay for it?” “We have been quite grossly understaffed for years,” Shumate ...

Help control the pet population

It’s a proven fact — spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. These procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat. So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask ...

Displaying real leadership

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump — trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting last week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Raise the age to buy tobacco

Vastly more people die of tobacco-related illnesses than of any cause linked to alcohol. Yet in West Virginia, where we require purchasers of alcoholic beverages to be at least 21 years of age, we continue to sell tobacco to anyone who has reached 18. That is absurd. A bill approved Wednesday ...

Get all of the facts first

No wonder Hancock County Board of Education members have delayed voting on whether to renew school Superintendent Tim Woodward’s contract. A number of serious allegations have been made against him. They include “targeting and harassment of teachers.” Before any action can be taken on ...

Springtime means home improvement projects

With spring right around the corner, many area residents likely are beginning to think about which projects they plan to tackle, inside and outside of their homes, this year. If you find yourself in that group and are looking for some new and innovative ideas, you’ll want to attend the ...

Battling the teacher shortage in West Virginia

Not every piece of the controversial “omnibus education bill” has been consigned to File 13 by West Virginia legislators. Fortunately, some aspects of the measure have been revived as separate, freestanding legislation. One is House Bill 3145, which would pay the college tuition of those ...

Reviving some SB 451 initiatives

Seldom has the old lament about throwing the baby out with the bathwater been more appropriate than it is regarding West Virginia Senate Bill 451. As a result of a strike by members of public school unions, the measure was killed last week by the House of Delegates. SB 451, originating in the ...

Keep an eye out for potholes

Now that the we’ve gone through the most recent attack of snow and ice, a familiar scourge is once again visiting the Tri-State Area: The pothole. They’re everywhere. They’re on side streets and main roads. They are all over Lovers Lane and they’re found in parking lots at ...

A simple way to support your community

We sometimes forget that each of us has at our disposal a very easy way to lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors. Simply by making a donation to one of the United Ways that serve our region, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents around the Tri-State Area. Their ...

Protect vulnerable children in West Virginia

You may have heard the old suggestion that some people commit such egregious misdeeds at work that they ought to be fired before they can resign. One wonders why that did not happen in the Berkeley County school system. There, a teacher and two aides resigned from their positions after they ...

A night of fun for a good cause

Rotarians, guests and more will gather Saturday night to continue their efforts to support the community. The Rotary Club of Weirton Heights’ annual Mardi Gras Gala will be held at Williams Golf and Country Club, with live music, good food and lots of fun. This will be the event’s 19th ...

Tackling climate change effectively

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

A different set of circumstances

Corruption seems to be such an integral part of government in West Virginia that punishing those caught at it is vital to deter others from engaging in criminal acts. Federal Judge John Copenhaver’s action in sentencing former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry to two years in prison ...

Making voting secure, common

With all the accusations of “voter suppression” being made against Republicans, it is a real pleasure to note that West Virginia’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Mac Warner, seems to be doing all he can to increase the number of people who cast ballots. In the process, ...

The office is bigger than the person in it

Today is Presidents Day, and it should be a chance to reflect, to honor and to give thanks. It should be an opportunity to remember that while our president changes every four or eight years, our democracy continues to set a standard that is the envy of the rest of the world. The office ...