Editorials

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 ...

DiBartolomeo sets the example for leadership

Joe DiBartolomeo was Weirton’s city manager for only about six months, but he leaves a lasting, extremely positive impression on other municipal officials. DiBartolomeo has left the city manager’s position to take advantage of another job opportunity, and Diana Smoljanovich, the city’s ...

State needs to adopt veterans’ court

We West Virginians owe an enormous debt to veterans of military service. One way of repaying it could be to offer some help to veterans who run afoul of the law as a result of problems stemming from their service. A bill introduced by state Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, would do that by ...

Safeguarding our natural resources

Many West Virginians believe we can have the best of both worlds. That is, we can enjoy the financial benefits of the natural gas drilling boom while maintaining the natural splendor that is one of our state’s trademarks. Insisting the energy industry play by those rules is ...

Where are the candidates?

Steubenville finds itself in a tough position as this year’s election cycle gets under way. Last week’s filing deadline for the May 7 primary came and went, and few candidates emerged for several positions. In one race, in fact — the city’s 5th Ward — no candidates, including ...

Get ideas from WVDOH officials

At least the potholes are good for something, according to state Sen. Randy Smith. During a discussion in the Senate about the sorry state of many secondary roads in West Virginia, Smith, R-Tucker, told fellow lawmakers that during a weekend trip back to his home, he saw ducks swimming in ...

Support renewal of Brooke school levy

Controversy over how Brooke County schools are administered has been flaring for several months. Many parents and educators have serious concerns. Voting against renewal of the so-called “excess levy” to support schools is no way to address desires for improvement. Defeating the levy would ...

‘An opportunity for a new beginning’

Brooke County Board of Education members made a wise decision in hiring Jeffrey Crook as interim superintendent of schools. The choice is “an opportuity for a new beginning,” as Crook put it. Bringing in a superintendent not formerly part of the school system was a near-necessity, in view ...

Ponder their contributions, learn the truth

Black History Month 2019 calls to attention those men and women who, despite segregation and derision from fellow countrymen, chose to serve in the cause of freedom as Americans. “Black Migrations” is the theme from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the ...

Increase funding for agriculture

At a time when Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators are considering budget increases running into eight figures for some line items, state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt’s request amounts to chicken feed. He just wants a few more dollars in state funding so his agency can ...

Program teaches the importance of reading

Weirton Elementary School continues to emphasize the importance of reading, both to its pupils and to the community. Monday saw the launch of this year’s reading program, now called “Read to Me Weirton,” with the announcement of “Charlotte’s Web” as this year’s book. Literacy ...

Congratulations champs

The calendar has rolled into February, and that means the seasons are winding down for area high school athletes. Already, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has crowned its champions in swimming and wrestling. The bi-state conference will decide its girls basketball champions Saturday, and ...

Intelligence more important than promises

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Avoid second school shutdown

Members of West Virginia’s three big unions for public school teachers and service personnel will be asked this week to authorize another strike — and that, semantics and legal technicalities aside, is the word for it. Another lengthy work stoppage like the one that shuttered nearly all ...

Press briefings are necessary

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

The excitement of Super Bowl Sunday

We wake up this morning with the comfort of knowing the end of winter is approaching and the arrival of spring is not that far away. This we are sure of, not because the cadre of groundhogs and woodchucks across the country, led by the most famous and accurate prognosticator of them all, ...

Celebrating our Catholic Schools

The annual recognition of Catholic Schools Week comes to an end today. Based around the theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” the week featured activities, posters, contests, opportunities to help others and liturgies for Catholic school children across our region. It ...

Ready to race

Consider the Pinewood Derby vehicle. It might appear to be nothing more than a simple block of carved wood, designed solely to participate in races for unpowered and unmanned miniature race cars. If you take a closer look, though, you’ll likely find that the creations designed and built ...

Taking pride in the progress of the Ohio Valley

Take a look at any part of our Tri-State Area and you will find it nearly impossible not to see growth, expansion and reason for optimism. Not too far to our north, you’ll find that work is continuing on the $8 billion-plus ethane cracker being built by Royal Dutch Shell in Monaca, Pa. Not ...

Tailgate with the Weirton United Way

This Saturday will see the return of what has become one of the Weirton United Way’s largest fundraisers of the year. Hundreds will be gathering at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown for the eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate event, donning their favorite football jerseys, eating a ...