Editorials

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 ...

Diversification is vital

Coal is an important part of West Virginia’s economy — still. But a study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics shows it is not as big a part as it once was, and will likely never rebound to levels seen during its ...

Let facts determine the confirmation

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

Shine light on community stars

If you have been considering nominating a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2018 Community Star, be advised that the window of opportunity to make that submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That's when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

It’s derby time in West Virginia

The attention of fans of thoroughbred racing around the world will be directed toward Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for today's 49th running of the West Virginia Derby. The derby, a grade III event which carries a purse of $500,000, will be contested as part of a nine-race ...

Santoro earned the valley’s respect

To a generation of United Steelworkers of America workers, the name of Santo Santoro is synonymous with standing up for workers, for steel, for communities, for people. To a generation of his friends and family, youth he coached in sports and countless friends, his name brings a smile, ...

Support Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., met Monday afternoon with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. In doing so, Manchin became the first Democratic senator to have a face-to-face conversation with Kavanaugh. Give Manchin credit for his stance of ...

Release opioid sale information

Other than the obviously profitable knowledge of where large pockets of vulnerable drug addicts exist, we fail to see what critical trade secrets need to be protected by withholding information about pharmaceutical companies dumping pain pills in communities such as ours in West Virginia and ...

Protect your skin

As we become busier outdoors these days as soccer practice spectators, football practice observers, backyard pool lifeguards and gardening aficiandos, let us all remember the dangers of the sun. It's a fact: Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the United States, but, ...

Subsidies not long-term fix

A White House plan for $12 billion in subsidies to aid farmers through the initial impact of a trade war with China seems fair, but only for a time. Over the long haul, the best solution for farmers who grow pork and soybeans in America's heartland is to let them sell the work of their hands ...

Football action is back in the valley

High school football returns to our region this evening when the 73rd edition of the Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football Charity Classic is played. This year’s game, which is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m., returns to Wheeling Island Stadium. It once again will ...