Opinion

Weirton is moving forward

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Go, go Bubba! It's all over town. A lot of good things are happening in Weirton. Most seem to be with your choice of City Manager Travis Blosser. The big one is yet to come. Blosser is working on a grant to replace the much-needed Lee Avenue Bridge in case of an ...

It really does take a community to feed an Army

Local Columns

During the fall of 2015, at the request of park administrators, officials from the Army 336th Engineer Company of Weirton made a visit to Brooke Hills Park. The purpose was to meet with officials to discuss potential work they could perform to assist in the parks expansion and improvement ...

Finding strength through compassion

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Isolation and shutdown are so familiar to the addict and all too common with their support system. Many addicts may feel this more than others due to strictly the tough love approach. Whether it be they remain cold on the streets, inside of a dirty prison or worse, this one ...

Legacy costs an obstacle to progress

Editorials

The Business Development Corp., it recently was reported, was fined $75,000 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection because of some remaining contamination at the Beech Bottom Industrial Park. The BDC has owned the site — previously the home of Wheeling Corrugating — ...

Take precautions with the flu

Editorials

Like it or not, the flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most regions of the United States, including our Tri-State Area, are reporting widespread activity. There's good news however — indications are that the season might already have peaked, The ...

Maintain our state’s parks

Editorials

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided. West Virginia’s state parks are the crown ...

Avoid catastrophe at prisons, jails

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed a 1 percent pay raise for all state employees. That may not be enough to forestall a catastrophe at one or more state prisons or jails. As has been reported, the shortage of corrections officers for state prisons and regional jails has grown so ...

Recognize and stop child abuse

Editorials

West Virginia legislators, some probably shocked by Gov. Jim Justice’s comment about sexual abuse of children, seem eager to do something about it. If you missed it, Justice said during his State of the State speech that one in 10 Mountain State children will suffer sexual abuse before ...

State officials will forget frugality

Editorials

If the money is there, spend it. That is the philosophy of government at all levels, and it is why West Virginians should not expect anyone to worry about cutting waste or maximizing efficiency in state government this year. State government revenue has been tight during the past few years. ...

On my way to putting best feet forward

Local Columns

I started off the new year making an attempt to put my best foot forward. Make that my best feet. You know you’re getting older when the Christmas gifts you get are either very practical things you’ll use or things it probably wouldn’t hurt you to have, but you’re way too cheap to ...

Looking to satisfy a growing wanderlust

Local Columns

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in my life. Much of it has been through family vacations, but there has been the occasional work-related weekend trip through West Virginia, as well. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities. Even if I visit somewhere familiar, there’s ...

True heroes set the example

Editorials

The word "hero" has a few connotations. Before Sept. 11, 2001, sports figures often were lauded as heroes for what they did on the field. As such, when someone from your hometown earns a World Series ring after decades in Major League Baseball, he could qualify as a hero to many. ...

Treatment questioned

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Malcolm Gladwell claims there are no more than six degrees of separation among any individuals on earth. Pick any person, and one can trace a connection to that person through six distinct relationships — someone who knows someone, who knows someone, etc. For every member of ...

Find real growth through prayer

Local Columns

While I was browsing in a couple of book stores, shortly before Christmas, my desire was to find a book I knew my wife would like. (No, that's not all I bought for her, but let's continue this thought). During my search, to my amazement, I found large sections of books dealing with "self ...

‘Global warming’ still a hoax

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My favorite news stories feature hipster environmentalists trekking to the poles "to study the damage climate change has done to the ice cap," ending up trapped in ice that's not supposed to be there. We keep hearing about the ongoing dangers of "climate change," which was, of ...

Trump has delivered during his first year in office

Local Columns

How often do elected officials promise you the world but never deliver? How often have you heard: “This is the most important election of our lifetime! Elect us and we will create millions of jobs and put more money in your pocket!” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve heard ...

Peace, love can bring great power to mankind

Editorials

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Approve sports betting in W.Va.

Editorials

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Address prison, jail guard pay

Editorials

“Condolences” might be better than “congratulations” as a greeting for Betsy Jividen these days. The Wheeling resident, a veteran at the U.S. Attorney’s office, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in West Virginia. Jividen has been named by Gov. Jim Justice to become new ...

Phasing out inventory tax

Editorials

Critics of the process of making West Virginia more welcoming to job creators sometimes accuse reformers of promising too much. This improvement or that one did not result in an economic renaissance, they say, so why should Mountain State residents do more? No one ever said remaking the ...