Editorials

Festival of Nations showcases our heritage

Weirton will celebrate its melting pot heritage Saturday with the 10th-annual Festival of Nations. The celebration, to be held at the Millsop Community Center, and organized by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, is a great way to showcase the history and culture of our area's ...

Campbell-Dickinson a way to support local cancer patients

It will be a busy day Saturday in the Gem City, when the eighth-annual Campbell-Dickinson Fun Run, Bike and Walk events get under way. Participants can help Ohio Valley residents fighting cancer, with proceeds benefiting Trinity Health System’s Tony Teramana Cancer Center Emergency ...

More positive signs for cracker

Well, yes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's big announcement on Monday was a bit of a letdown, but it was important, nevertheless. Kasich's office revealed Friday that he would be making an announcement regarding the proposed ethane cracker plant to be built in Belmont County. When the governor took ...

Don’t get hopes up on North Korea

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

Solving the PEIA problem

Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to find “a permanent solution” to the Public Employees Insurance Agency are to hold their initial meeting on Tuesday. Let us hope their first step is to agree to find a real solution, not just a way to throw more money at the ...

Keep the government open, honest

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It's about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it's often the institutionalized journalist who's on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine Week ...

Change your clocks, check your batteries

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 ...

Oscars not what they used to be

Regardless of the Twitter war between President Trump and Oscars telecast host Jimmy Kimmel, the unavoidable fact is found in a statistic: The TV ratings for the Oscars show fell by about 20 percent from the 2017 broadcast, marking four consecutive years of decline. Political climate is but ...

Celebrate the region’s music and art

A love of music, crafts and culture will be on display this weekend at Oak Glen High School with the return of Montani Semper Liberi — Music and Art. The locally organized festival is three days of unique entertainment, vendors and other offerings. Four sessions of entertainment — which ...

Support your local social workers

Social workers work in the community every day, helping the less fortunate and those in need. March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is "Leaders. Advocates, Champions." There are more than 650,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their ...

Don’t degrade quality of water

Many Ohio Valley residents remember a time when the water in the Ohio River was terribly polluted. Decades of effort by industries, municipal wastewater treatment systems and other former polluters have changed that. Let’s not turn back the clock. Responsibility for setting water quality ...

Power plant will have big impact

A project in Brooke County that was part of international headlines during President Trump's visit to China during 2017 has taken a major step forward. The planned Brooke County Power plant, a natural-gas-fired electric generation facility, has received approval of its siting plan by the ...

Flooding shows the good of our area

The past two weekends called to clear attention the good that is in the hearts of some people. The area was drenched by several inches of rain, resulting in some flooding the weekend of Feb. 19-21 and minor flooding the following weekend. In the run-up to the flood events and in their ...

Looking out for the community’s health

Weirton Medical Center added to the area’s options for women’s health care needs in dedicating its BreastCare Center on Tuesday. The multimillion-dollar investment represents the culmination of a multi-year effort aimed toward providing a health-care area directed specifically at the ...

PEIA fix won’t be easy

Short of writing a blank check to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, it is impossible for West Virginia legislators to comply with one demand by many public school employees who began a strike last week. In other words, it can’t be done. Yet a substantial number of the strikers ...

Enforce existing gun laws

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

Higher taxes not the only solution

There they go again, talking in terms of a tax increase being the only way to provide more money to meet a pressing need in West Virginia. Actually, there he goes again. “He” is Gov. Jim Justice, who tried unsuccessfully on Monday to convince striking school personnel to go back to ...

First shipment a sign of renewal

A flatbed tractor-trailer heading down Main Street with the output of the hard work of local hands is not an unusual site in Weirton, where drivers are used to following steel coils around. What moved through the city Feb. 19 was not only unusual but worthy of note. A truck carrying the ...

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 ...

A true neighbor

It was a simple message delivered sweetly and directly to children. Be a neighbor. Fred Rogers first delivered the message Feb. 19, 1968, 50 years ago, on National Educational Television, the forerunner to PBS. Along the way, the world learned from live characters such as Pittsburgh jazz ...