Opinion

Why did it take so long?

Editorials

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Celebrate Christmas a little early

Editorials

While a look at the calendar shows that Christmas is more than two months away, the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the holiday spirit this weekend. It will all be a part of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration. Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 ...

Chili cookoff to be a hot contest

Editorials

Chili connoisseurs are encouraged to make their way to the Weirton Event Center Saturday for the annual Red Hot in Hancock competition, set to feature cooks from across the country. The contest, to take place from noon to 4 p.m., is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, with proceeds ...

Better late than never

Editorials

It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, ...

More needed to keep campus safe

Editorials

For many years, standard practice on many college and university campuses was to minimize, even cover up actively, reports of crime affecting students. That is changing, in some measure because of federal law insisting on honest campus crime reporting. With that in mind, reports of crime at ...

Enact mine pension program safeguard

Editorials

Congressional action earlier this year to safeguard health insurance on which thousands of retired miners and their families depend was an important victory. But it was far from a giveaway — and it also was only part of the equation. Both health insurance and pensions for mine retirees were ...

Jumpstart the day — stay off my nerves

Local Columns

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday — bright blue sky and warmth, a bonus fall day way more like summer. Fabulous. Better Half and I are motoring along, on our way after church and our small group Bible study that’s always a great way to jumpstart the week. Terrific. We are on the ...

How far should we go into electronic markets?

Local Columns

I’ve been known to make the occasional purchase through an online marketplace. I’m sure most of us have. It’s especially handy for the Christmas season, or if I happen to be looking for a hard-to-get item I otherwise might not be able to find locally. Whenever possible, though, I ...

Petty’s loss also provides lesson

Editorials

Tom Petty, a rocker with roots going back decades, died Monday at age 66. His loss was one felt across the world of rock music, from fans to fellow artists. He had a sound that was instantly identifiable, music that became ingrained in the mind after hearing a song just once, and a ...

Cabbage rolls remain a hit

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Like many church organizations in the Ohio Valley, the Ladies Altar Society of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church has experienced decreased membership. Unfortunately there just aren't enough "hands" to make, cook and hold dinners with one of our signature items on the menu, cabbage ...

Is God in your blind spot?

Local Columns

Mark 6:48 “And he saw them toiling in rowing…and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them…” Everyone who drives an automobile, sooner or later, experiences one of those “blind spot” moments — a time when you look in your rearview mirror and don’t see the car in ...

Weirton employees show kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, While on my daily neighborhood walk, I stumbled and fell striking my face on the asphalt. Needless to say, I was bruised, bleeding over my eye and dazed. Fortunately, four city sanitation department employees witnessed my fall and came to my rescue. I cannot say enough about ...

Respect the country, flag

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, What is this world coming to when people don't have respect for the American flag? That's the trouble in the world today, if one thing isn't in favor of them, all they know is protesting. Who cares if you don't like the president of the United States, you live in the country, ...

Illegal immigration affects us

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I suspect most West Virginians have little awareness of how illegal immigration affects their daily lives. I also suspect most West Virginians could care less, the exception being those citizens who have been victimized by this silent invasion. Most West Virginians' vision ...

CHIP funds need extension

Editorials

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Continue to fight, raise awareness

Editorials

It’s that time of the year in which the color pink can be seen just about everywhere. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are seeing pink ribbons in our schools and pinned to our sheriff’s deputies, pink T-shirts that area school athletes are donning and even pink confections at ...

Applefest keeping traditions alive

Editorials

For almost 40 years, the Wellsburg Applefest has been drawing people from throughout the Tri-State Area for its mix of food, crafts, entertainment and fun, and this year should be no different. The festivities will kick off for the 39th year Friday on Charles Street and the Wellsburg Town ...

Time to hit the ice

Editorials

Can it really be that nearly four months have passed? It was late in the evening of June 11 that Tri-State Area fans last had the chance to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play, and the memories of that late spring evening remain fresh in our minds. We still can see Patric Hornqvist scoring ...

Phase out state inventory tax

Editorials

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That is advice West Virginia legislators should embrace in regard to tax reform. This has not been a good year for tax reform in our state, where we surely need something to help struggling families and give businesses an incentive to create ...

Hefner’s influence will be remembered

Editorials

Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner had a deep impact on the social direction of the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Though Playboy magazine has lost roughly 5 million in circulation since its peak in the 1970s, it was a pioneer at placing sex as a conversation topic in ...