Editorials

Questions need answered

Recent news that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Stratton will be closing was a blow to the region’s economy. But it is bad news for the nation as a whole, too. FirstEnergy Solutions revealed it will close three coal-fired generating units at the plant on June 1, 2022. The facility’s ...

Adjust residency requirement

The improving economy in our region is a good thing, unless you happen to be an employer trying to hire new workers. That can be a challenge for local government officials. Weirton officials are considering a change in rules for municipal employees, for that reason. During a work session ...

Brooke Fair offers something for all

County fairs offer something for just about everyone. And, if you need another reminder, you need look no further than the Brooke County Fair. This year's edition of the annual event, which officially opens Friday and runs through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park, will feature a wide variety of ...

Trust needs to be established on panel

Plenty of apprehension exists within West Virginia’s higher education community already, without new behind-the-scenes maneuvering adding to it. What Gov. Jim Justice had hoped would be a comprehensive, objective look at the future of our state’s colleges and universities is in danger of ...

Battling the plague of drug abuse

Last week, local media outlets reported plans for the Sept. 15 observance in Wheeling of a statewide “Day of Hope” focusing on the substance abuse crisis. On the same day, a grim report made it clear we can use all the hope we can muster. Last year, 1,011 people died of drug overdoses ...

Take pride in our local labor

While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on the day after the first Monday in September) it should be about more than firing up the grill one more time. People fought for protections for workers in ...

What’s more important?

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Christian Center begins new chapter

After several years of work, the Weirton Christian Center turned the page to a new chapter Aug. 26, opening the doors on its new building. The Weirton Christian Center has been a cornerstone of the community from its earliest days. With this new location, this necessary part of Weirton’s ...

Taking action over threats

Only one person can say — and he may not know, really — what would have ensued had police not arrested a West Virginia University student accused of threatening to engage in a shooting spree. According to witnesses, the 21-year-old Preston County man made the threats during a class last ...

Ohio Valley is going to the dogs

Dog lovers can unite this weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds when the Friendship Cluster All Breed Dog Show returns. This fantastic four-day event will have canines representing more than 130 breeds and as young as 4 months. It will feature AKC all-breed shows, obedience competitions ...

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 ...