Editorials

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 ...

Make holiday safe

'Tis the season for holiday decorating - and decorating-related injuries and increased risk of fire from those decorations. It may sound like something out of a sitcom, but 12,500 people are treated in emergency rooms each year after decorating-related mishaps - nearly half of those from falls, ...

These tips can keep your holidays safe

'Tis the season for holiday decorating - and decorating-related injuries and increased risk of fire from those decorations.It may sound like something out of a sitcom, but 12,500 people are treated in emergency rooms each year after decorating-related mishaps - nearly half of those from falls - ...

Changes can make our railways safer

The spectacular and fatal train crash on the MetroNorth line in New York last week brought about renewed calls for a faster installation of positive train control systems across the nation's rail network.The expensive and expansive fix, long sought by federal authorities, allows for a ...

Pearl Harbor words continue to echo

The words of the speech President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to a joint session of Congress, preserved on a scratchy recording, remain as powerful and meaningful today as they were when they were first spoken some 72 years ago.Americans were stunned and still reeling from the news that ...

It’s a football weekend

If you're a fan of football, this weekend is the type of weekend that you probably have been waiting for all season.On the local high school level, Weirton Madonna will be looking to win the West Virginia Class A title when it takes on Greenbrier West at 7 p.m. Saturday in Wheeling Island ...

Big Saturday for area football fans

If you're a fan of football, this weekend is the type of weekend that you probably have been waiting for all season.On the local high school level, Weirton Madonna will be looking to win the West Virginia Class A title when it takes on Greenbrier West at 7 p.m. Saturday in Wheeling Island ...