Opinion

Hoping for a better West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,In reference to a recent letter authored by Bob Atkinson concerning Mr. Trump. It is usually my policy not to respond to extremists on either side of the political spectrum. However, Mr. Atkinson provides the exception to the rule.In the name of full disclosure, I am an elected ...

Where is the concern about our planet?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Let's talk environment. Why not?The science behind what makes everything in the universe tick is very fragile, and if one does not have enough oxygen to breathe, one has three minutes to make a good act of contrition. And if one has a lot of toxic air to breathe, one's health ...

Questions about the future

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Trump's wall ... the Future Agricultural Resource Model shows a low-productivity scenario by the USDA Economic Service for the time period from 2015-50, when the USDA added the most current climate change findings.Today, farmers produce 164.7 bushels per acre. The United Nations ...

Early anxiety about graduation

Local Columns

We have been getting invitations for graduation parties for Sassy Saint's friends. While I am thrilled that these children have achieved graduation, it also reminds me Sass will be graduating in two years. That's just over 700 days or 16,800 hours.This time next year, I'll be scheduling senior ...

Show support for swimmer

Editorials

For the last few months, Ben Hooper has been living with family in the Ohio Valley, all while focusing on the task of breaking a world record by swimming the Atlantic Ocean, from Senegal to Brazil. As part of his efforts, he has been training at the Millsop Community Center, swimming twice a ...

Rein in W.Va. PEIA spending

Editorials

This could be labeled the Year of Unfinished Business for West Virginia legislators. They have been unable to agree on a budget for the fiscal year that begins in only about five weeks, so it should not be surprising they have not tackled a variety of other money-related matters.One, the Public ...

Ready for another summer of music

Editorials

Music will be coming from the Weirton Event Center just about every Friday this summer, with the annual Downtown at Sundown summer concert series set to kick off this week.With a variety of musical acts scheduled, the series, organized by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, ...

The fort will be rocking this summer

Editorials

Music will fill downtown Steubenville beginning Thursday, as the 10th-annual summer concert series at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben gets under way.The 2016 lineup is varied and packed with talent and sure to please most.Once again we're hoping that means ...

Safer was among the best of us

Editorials

Though broadcasters refer to their on-air personnel as "talent," the word around "60 Minutes" back in the early 1970s had to be "reporter." For it was there that one found the formidable journalistic tandem of Mike Wallace and Morley Safer.While both were known for hard-nosed journalism, it was ...

Studying higher ed in West Virginia

Editorials

Job One after West Virginia legislators adopt a new budget should be keeping this year's fiasco from occurring again. Taking a critical, comprehensive look at state spending should be the first step in that task.House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, is spearheading a ...

The what’s somebody’s name game

Local Columns

"What's whatchamuhcallit's husband's name?"I looked to Better Half to be the Great and Powerful Mystery Person Name Solver, to handle with ease this question of mine that rocketed right out of nowhere and torpedoed smack down in the middle of our conversation one evening.It was the million ...

Musings about Mother’s Day events

Local Columns

I was present at and enjoyed two Mother's Day food events this month - the Rush Run Community Chapel dinner and the Mother-Daughter Tea at Brightway Community Chapel.Jeff Schuetz and many other men of the church prepared a spaghetti and meatball dinner, complete with salad, Italian bread and ...

The local concert season is upon us

Local Columns

The summer season is quickly approaching, and for many that means checking out a few concerts from some of our favorite musical acts.There are many opportunities for musical entertainment in the Ohio Valley, whether it's traveling to Pittsburgh at one of their many venues, hopping over to ...

Creating a brighter future

Local Columns

As Governor, our children's well-being is one of my top priorities, and I am particularly proud of the progress we have made through the Safe at Home West Virginia program. The federally supported program's innovative approach provides community and behavioral health services to children ...

We must have a child-like faith

Local Columns

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of ...

Use new ideas in budget work

Editorials

There was good news this week: Republican legislators have come up with ways to handle a big chunk of the $270 million budget gap they and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin have been discussing.Budget negotiations always begin with detailed proposals from the governor's office. Too often, lawmakers expect ...

Postal workers, residents thanked

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The Follansbee food pantry (R.E.A.C.H.) would like to express its heartfelt thanks to our local post office for the wonderful food drive they recently conducted. Many hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food items were delivered to our site on May 14.Our heartfelt thanks to all ...

Trump’s the biggest liar

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,When I was young, the president of the United States was Dwight David Eisenhower. He was not always right and made mistakes, but he built the Interstate highway system. He warned against the military-industrial complex and top earners in this country paid an effective tax rate of ...

Summer is here

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Now that warmer weather has arrived, do you have any plans to travel? If your answer is no, don't worry. There are many things to do this summer. And most these activities are in the Tri state Area.If that doesn't appeal to you, check out some other adventures. Camping/ hiking, ...

I’m destined to not have a nice lawn

Local Columns

I was tired of looking at our yard. The neighbors probably were tired of looking at our yard. NASA probably could see our yard from space without the benefit of a telescope and was tired of looking at it.The grass was high. It wasn't a little high, it was a lot high - ...