Editorials

Check out the lights

This would be a dark place this time of year if it weren't for the creative and often competitive spirit of homeowners and businesses who work to bring the spirit of the holiday season to light.The decoration contest winners in area communities either have or will shortly be selected as the ...

Holiday lights shine brightly

This would be a dark place this time of year if it weren't for the creative and often competitive spirit of homeowners and businesses who work to bring the spirit of the holiday season to light.The decoration contest winners in area communities either have or will shortly be selected as the ...

Proposal needs objectivity

Virtually no human activity occurs without some effect on the environment and some risk to human health. Reasonable trade-offs and minimized risk are the keys to our modern way of life.On one controversial issue, disposing of the wastewater generated by many oil and natural gas drilling ...

Reid’s strategy misses the mark

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has his way, Americans may get another important law we have to read in order to know what it contains. That didn't work well the last time around, with Obamacare.A new five-year farm bill is being debated on Capitol Hill. Once again, lawmakers will have the ...

More flexibility good for schools

County school systems in West Virginia will have more control over their school calendars following the institution of a new policy. It should be mostly a positive change as school boards look to ensure students are better prepared for the greater demands of the 21st Century.While the policy ...

Guns in schools must be reported

Reports of students disciplined for taking guns to school are seen in the news infrequently. It does not happen often - but it may be a bigger problem in Ohio than most people think.That is because the state Department of Education covers up many such incidents.There were nearly 250 of them in ...

Safeguarding our children

Sex crimes against children rightly infuriate and sadden almost all West Virginians. The tiny minority of perverted predators among us takes a terrible toll.That makes a recommendation by a panel of state legislators appealing. Last week, the Legislature's Select Committee on Crimes Against ...

Research options before getting pet

With the gift-giving season upon us we urge potential pet owners to have patience and think things through before bringing home a cute and cuddly companion.This time of the year adorable pets are a common sight at area shopping malls and pet supply stores.The canines and felines making ...

Congratulations Blue Dons

Their victory over Greenbrier West on Dec. 7 capped off the perfect season for the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons, which resulted in, not only, the West Virginia Class A championship, but a 14-0 record for the local football team.Like many in our area, in communities throughout Hancock and Brooke ...

Congratulations on perfect season

Their victory over Greenbrier West on Dec. 7 capped off the perfect season for the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons, which resulted in, not only, the West Virginia Class A championship, but a 14-0 record for the local football team.Like many in our area, in communities throughout Hancock and Brooke ...

One year later

Today marks a year since the horror of a gunman walking into an elementary school and taking the lives of innocents, forever changing the lives of a small town in Connecticut.What didn't change was the nation's mental health policies, gun laws or, unfortunately, its ability to guarantee such ...

It’s about people valuing human lives

Today marks a year since the horror of a gunman walking into an elementary school and taking the lives of innocents. It forever changed the lives of a small town in Connecticut.What didn't change was the nation's mental health policies, gun laws or, unfortunately, its ability to guarantee such ...

Enforcement is making a difference

Distractions, of any kind, while driving are dangerous - for both the motorist and those around them.That's why we're glad the state of West Virginia enacted laws in recent years to cut down on some of the modern distractions drivers face. It would seem the message is being heard loud and ...

Texting laws are being enforced

Distractions of any kind while driving are dangerous - for both the motorist and those around them.That's why we're glad the state of West Virginia enacted laws in recent years to cut down on some of the modern distractions drivers face. It would seem the message is being heard loud and clear, ...

Improve college graduation rates

Fewer than half of the students at state colleges and universities earn bachelor's degrees in six years or less, West Virginia legislators learned this week.What should be most upsetting about the report is that some state leaders seem content to increase the percentage of students gaining ...

Service much appreciated

Change can be a good thing, and fresh ideas might make Steubenville take some new directions in the future.But that's not to let 6th Ward Councilman David "Pokey" Lalich leave after 16 years without thanks for his service.Lalich has been an advocate and student of infrastructure, especially the ...

A true inspiration

How many of us would be willing to give 27 years of our life for the freedom of others?How many of us would choose to stay in prison an extra few years when offered freedom because the freedom of others was not being assured, contracting tuberculosis from the conditions in prison along the ...

Mandela helped set a high bar

How many of us would be willing to give 27 years of our life for the freedom of others?How many of us would choose to stay in prison an extra few years when offered freedom because the freedom of others was not being assured, contracting tuberculosis from the conditions in prison along the ...

Volunteers bring hope

As the holidays grow nearer, we are reminded of the value and the strength that our area volunteers - our unsung heroes - contribute to our communities.We are blessed with a contingent of people who get things done. Our volunteers hail from Steubenville and Toronto, Wellsburg and Weirton and in ...

Volunteers continue to fill vital positions

Our area's volunteers continue to be the backbone of our communities, and as the holidays grow nearer, we are reminded of that.We are blessed with a contingent of people who get things done. Our volunteers hail from Steubenville and Toronto, Wellsburg and Weirton and in Wintersville, Mingo ...