Opinion

Special folder produces special topics

Lifestyles

I have a folder in the back of my file drawer on 4-H clubs, Smithfield Council, Gen. George Custer, Clark Gable, Jefferson and Harrison county fairs and many others. But a file that was the most useful for me to write about in this “all-words” column was titled “Future Column ...

It’s just a little stain on your soul

Local Columns

The Lord asked Israel the following question through Jeremiah in chapter two verse five: "What injustice did your fathers find in me, that they went far from me and walked after emptiness and became empty?" Jehovah then adds this observation in verse 11, about a nation in the midst of ...

Weld will help fight drug problem

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Without an answer to the drug problem our area is facing, there is no hope for better jobs. Currently, West Virginia has the highest heroin and opioid drug overdose rate in the nation. Our people's drug addiction issue is one of the most significant factors that has led to ...

Do they not care?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Not that it matters a bit what I think, of course, but I have become somewhat disenchanted in recent months with many of the Bernie Sanders supporters; people I respected, even though we disagreed. After months of scathing disdain and open dislike for Hillary Clinton ...

Breast cancer awareness walk a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of the Hancock County Health Department staff and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, I would like to thank all walkers and sponsors for making The Walk for Women…Take a Step Against Breast Cancer Awareness walk a success! Our ...

Johnnie’s Florist back in business

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My name is Lynn Sperlazza. I am the owner of Johnnie's Florist on Main Street in Follansbee. This letter is to thank all the wonderful friends, family and volunteers that helped with the recent flood in Follansbee. Thank you also to those who gave supplies and ...

Which is worse?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The primordial beast of carnality and lust strikes early and often at practically all males of species Homo sapiens. Few are exempt. The beast never lets up. Richness of source material abounds — the most convenient outlet takes the form of ribald humor that is oft-times ...

What is the commission hiding?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The following is a quote from the W.Va. Freedom of Information Act (WV FOIA). "The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know." Below are recent WV FOIA ...

TNR program not the answer

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At the Oct. 6 Hancock County commission meeting, a woman speaking in support of the animal shelter foundation mentioned me personally during her remarks. She spoke of me as the shelter's neighbor farmer who "blasted a thousand doves out of the sky." I should have been ...

Hockey season has finally returned

Local Columns

Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Happy times are here again! The Team That Shall Not Be Named has taken the ice again, dropping the puck, but also! — they raised the Stanley Cup banner. In front of the Capitals. The Capitals have many banners, but they don’t have ...

Take precautions to prevent fires

Editorials

A quick response is how everyone should respond to a fire. And a quick response is why people make it out of homes during a fire —mainly thanks to smoke alarms. This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the National Fire Protection Agency for the third year in a row is recognizing the ...

A sorry state of affairs

Editorials

The tendency of Americans in the social media era to perform public shaming acts has surfaced heavily in the presidential campaign, and we’re wondering who could be held to a standard based on everything they’ve ever done being perfect and acceptable. Bill Clinton in Campaign 1992 ...

Celebrate local artists

Editorials

Good teachers have the ability not only to help us learn, but to inspire us to reach for our dreams and go farther than we ever thought possible. Many of us have had at least one teacher in our lives shine that light of inspiration, putting us on a special path toward honing our skills and ...

Collecting taxes owed by Jim Justice

Editorials

West Virginia state government’s fiscal woes are extensive, with general revenue fund income $81.1 million below expectations for just the first three months of the fiscal year. Still, $3.7 million would come in handy in Charleston. Billionaire businessman Jim Justice, the Democrat ...

The puck is about to drop

Editorials

It doesn't seem like four months have passed since the Pittsburgh Penguins last took to the ice. But that final game of the 2015-16 season was memorable for fans around the Tri-State Area, for it was late on the evening of June 12 that the Penguins defeated San Jose 3-1 to win the Stanley ...

Celebrate mankind’s drive to discover

Editorials

It's become fashionable in this age of global warming and the rise of ever-tougher diseases to blame Christopher Columbus with destroying the New World. To those who succumb to such talk, we issue a reminder: There would be no New World if Columbus, motivated by either the desire to explore ...

Halloween outfit: Bacon or frugal wife?

Local Columns

So I’ve decided to be a strip of bacon for Halloween. I made up my mind the moment I saw the outfit and started to think of the accessorizing possibilities, all this for our church’s annual Trunk or Treat. If you’re not familiar with the concept, picture that it’s Halloween, and in ...

Examples of leadership everywhere

Local Columns

I often hear people commenting that we need new leaders for our community, state or nation to be able to move forward. That’s often part of this “clean house” calls whenever there is a political election taking place. People aren’t happy about the way a governmental body is being ...

Speaker Series continues to educate

Editorials

Entertaining. Thought-provoking. An enjoyable evening. A fun night out. Educational. Those are adjectives residents from across the Tri-State Area have used to describe the presentations of the Herald-Star Speaker Series. The series has strived to bring quality speakers to town ...

Be proud of Polish heritage

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, October will mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Polish American Heritage month. Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. Polish Americans will mark the 408th anniversary of the first Polish settlers in Jamestown, Va. These ...