Opinion

Use funds wisely to fight disease

Editorials

If $1 billion in new money makes a "moonshot" against cancer, as President Barack Obama has termed a plan for using that much to fight the disease, what will $1.8 billion buy? A mission to Mars?Obama, ironically cautioning "there shouldn't be a panic on this," is asking Congress for $1.8 ...

Deterring unsafe acts by industry

Editorials

As court proceedings involving the infamous Freedom Industries chemical spill into a West Virginia river wind down, it is worth assessing whether what happened will deter other companies from similar misbehavior. Because of the public health aspects of the case, it is important other corporate ...

Basic economics key issue in election

Editorials

With the nation's first primary election of the 2016 presidential campaign coming up in New Hampshire this week, it is safe to say the college-student vote will go primarily to Democrat candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is unlikely to receive much support on Granite ...

Time for a new alarming alarm clock

Local Columns

I bought myself a new bedside alarm clock the other day.The electric one I had still told time, but the alarm part of it decided it was time to retire or quit without further notice.I got wise to that after about two or three weeks of paranoid episodes of setting it at night and checking it and ...

Remembering Ozzie, not ‘just a dog’

Local Columns

Today I feel a sadness I didn't know I could experience. But there is a wealth of happy memories to recall and some so funny that I walk around with a silly grin on my face sometimes. Ozzie, our Jack Russell terrier, passed away on Jan. 31, after less than two weeks of very concerned doctoring ...

Thinking about some weekend adventures

Local Columns

I realize it's still winter, and there is still the possibility we will see our share of snow in the next couple of months, but recent weather has got me thinking about the possibility of taking a few excursions once the seasons begin to turn.The sun has been shining the last couple of days, ...

Persistence, patience, perseverance in prayer

Local Columns

As Christian people, we need to have faith that God will always act in our best interest. We have purpose in our lives when we act within the providence of God! We have access to the power of the Holy Spirit when we wait on God's providence with patient, purposeful, persistent prayer!Please ...

The big game is here

Editorials

The pop culture changes and the men who play the game are bigger and faster and paid beyond the dreams of 50 years ago.But, the Super Bowl endures from its humble beginnings in January 1967 as a game between rival football leagues to the mid-winter American party it has become.A month ago, the ...

Keep an eye on your health

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,OK, all of us like to spend an evening relaxing, watching the big screen TV, or just reminiscing with family and friends. I myself tend to do the same, alongside my work day which starts at 4:30 a.m., and lasts until 1 p.m.Anyway, Sunday was winding down, and I had to prepare for ...

An angel among us

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,I live in a high-rise in downtown Weirton. Many of the elderly have a very difficult time getting to the doctors or the grocery store, church or department store without the help of Connie. I will just use her first name because every elderly person who lives alone and needs help ...

Some issues rehashed

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Issues rehashed in 50 words or less, and chosen at random: The conservative pundits get so pumped up in what the Heritage and other conservative think tanks say, they can't think for themselves and become parrots reporting the same gibberish every day. For a brief time in history, ...

Becoming the embarrassing aunt

Local Columns

I've failed on the embarrassing parent front. I realized this recently while swanning around the high school - supposedly working - and all of my Sassy Saint's friends were flagging me down for hugs. I spotted Sass herself in her science lab, where she flailed like Kermit the Frog to get my ...

Black history important for all

Editorials

Black History Month is a time to remember and reflect.Events have been held in our communities already this month, and many more are scheduled, to celebrate black history and heritage. There are numerous local classroom projects concerning our area's connection to the Underground Railroad, and ...

A vision finally realized

Editorials

With the approval of $37 million through the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Committee, the new Ohio River bridge between Brilliant and Wellsburg is a go for motorists to be using as early as 2020.The Ohio panel approved the money Jan. 28. It was one of only three major projects to receive ...

It’s a new ballgame after Iowa

Editorials

With the victory of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the narrowly declared win of Hillary Clinton Monday in Iowa's caucuses, the presidential campaign circus moves on to New Hampshire on Tuesday.And the field will feel different.Not only because Donald Trump didn't finish first, but also because of ...

United Way to have a ‘super’ time

Editorials

It's only a few days before the Super Bowl, the pinnacle of the professional football season, and the Weirton United Way will be observing some of those festivities in its own way.On Saturday, the day before the big game, the United Way will present its fifth-annual Tailgate Party at the ...

Spring is on its way

Editorials

Shortly after dawn today, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow, failed to see his shadow and let the world know that we can expect to have an early spring.The annual ritual, which dates back to 1886, was conducted at Gobbler's Knob in the Pennsylvania woodlands by members of the ...

Taking pride in area’s progress

Editorials

As you look through the pages of the first installment of our annual Progress Edition that is inside today's paper, you will find a quote from Evan Scurti that shows our area is moving in the right direction."2015 was highlighted by impressive capital investment projects throughout Jefferson ...

Funny what thoughts pop into your head

Local Columns

Funny what thoughts pop into your head.Better Half and I were eating dippy eggs and toast last Saturday morning when I started wondering aloud about the incredible, edible egg.I love breakfast on Saturday and Sunday because they're designated egg days - leisurely mornings that lend themselves ...

February brings special observances

Local Columns

Tomorrow is the start of a month that is busy with special days or designations. February is Heart Month. If you haven't started before this, start looking into clean eating. That means to eat plenty of veggies, less carbs, a serving of protein and something dairy. And for Valentine's Day, you ...