Editorials

Jefferson County still faces budget concerns

The Jefferson County commissioners are taking a cautious approach in preparing this year's budget.That is a good course of action.The county in the past several years has had a good cushion with a healthy carryover going into the beginning of a new year. The anticipated revenue was added to the ...

Stay warm as winter continues

Controversy rules the world, from Washington to New Jersey to places as far afield as Punxsutawney, Pa., and French Creek, W.Va., and Marion, Ohio.For on Sunday, there was a split among the Tri-State Area's rodent prognosticators of winter weather.The wise veteran Punxsutawney Phil saw his ...

Groundhogs have different outlooks

Controversy rules the world, from Washington to New Jersey to places as far afield as Punxsutawney, Pa., and French Creek, W.Va., and Marion, Ohio.For on Sunday, there was a split among the Tri-State Area's rodent prognosticators of winter weather.The wise veteran Punxsutawney Phil saw his ...

Take pride in our local progress

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times during the past several years.But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition.This year's edition will be ...

Edition a chance to look to future

There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times during the past several years.But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual Progress Edition.This year's edition will be ...

Celebrate Black history

It's Black History Month - a time for recognition of achievements and struggles and a time for hope when our country is no longer split by racial lines.There are roots that go back to the 1920s, when Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He knew then ...

Month offers a chance to reflect

It's Black History Month - a time for recognition of achievements and struggles and a time for hope when our country is no longer split by racial lines.There are roots that go back to the 1920s, when Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He knew then ...

A lot to consider on bus issue

A great deal of information will need to be weighed when it comes to the future location of Hancock County's school buses.During this week's school board meeting, some of the county's bus drivers approached the board with concerns over the possible centralization of the county's school ...

Hancock County bus questions remain

A great deal of information will need to be weighed when it comes to the future location of Hancock County's school buses.During this week's school board meeting, some of the county's bus drivers approached the board with concerns about the possible centralization of the county's school ...

Decision needed on Keystone pipeline

While President Barack Obama touted the effectiveness of his "all of the above" energy policy Tuesday evening, he skirted around talking about a major energy issue that is of importance to any town in the land with a railroad running through it.Obama has stood solidly against the Keystone XL ...

Decision needed on pipeline work

While President Barack Obama touted the effectiveness of his "all of the above" energy policy Tuesday evening, he skirted around talking about a major energy issue that is of importance to any town in the land with a railroad running through it.Obama has stood solidly against the Keystone XL ...

Conflicted message

President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address was a study in conflict and contrasts. He said he believes Americans are united in the belief that those who work hard and take responsibility are rewarded, but said that's not happening so the minimum wage has to be increased.He said ...

More of the same heard in speech

President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address was a study in conflict and contrasts. He said he believes Americans are united in the belief that those who work hard and take responsibility should be rewarded, but said that's not happening so the minimum wage has to be increased.He ...

Check existing rules

It may have been appropriate for West Virginia legislators to shoot first and ask questions later in the wake of a disastrous chemical spill in Kanawha County. At Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's behest, they are debating new regulations for chemical storage facilities.Now, however, it is time to ask ...

Ex-EPA official a symptom of problem

Among those responsible for the government's war on coal and reasonable electricity prices was a now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale.At one time he was the agency's highest-paid employee.Beale is about to begin serving a 32-month prison sentence for ...

Playing games with our information

President Barack Obama's stance flying in the face of two recent government panels recommending changes to the National Security Agency's conduct of domestic electronic data collection is yet another indication of the imperial presidency he desires.Obama has acted with executive order, policy ...

NSA stance shows Obama doesn’t get it

President Barack Obama's stance flying in the face of two recent government panels recommending changes to the National Security Agency's conduct of domestic electronic data collection is yet another indication of the imperial presidency he desires.Obama has acted with executive order, policy ...

Saluting our non-traditional schools

This week, the focus will be on education as it's Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week, which seeks to call attention to not only private schools, charter schools, magnet schools and religious-based schools but also home-schooling.That includes online academies and other ...

Education grabs focus this week

This week, the focus will be on education as it's Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week, which seeks to call attention to not only private schools, charter schools, magnet schools and religious-based schools but also home-schooling.That includes online academies and other ...

Get those nominations in

The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the 2014 induction class of the Weirton Hall of Fame.This will be the sixth class for the Hall, which recognizes and honors those who have made significant contributions to the city of Weirton since its official incorporation in 1947.The ...