Opinion

Flood recovery for a brighter future

Local Columns

For West Virginians like Cheryl Sams, who owns Sams Auction and Bargain Barn in Clendenin, the flooding that hit our state in June was especially devastating. Her family business lost $100,000 in inventory, and their building sustained $30,000 in damages.But they plan to rebuild - not only for ...

Growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ

Local Columns

"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 ...

Our choices are becoming clear

Editorials

Hillary Clinton indeed achieved an historic milestone Thursday by becoming the first female major-party candidate for president in the history of the United States.That was the crowning achievement of the Democratic National Convention and it might have made it possible to forget the rocky ...

Swim team event caps great year

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The Marlin Youth Swim Team is a locally run developmental swim program that participates in the Ohio Valley Swim League. We are open to members between the ages of 5 and 18. At the conclusion of each summer season, we hold a picnic and pool party to celebrate our season.During ...

In need of divine intervention

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The Obama administration recently sent a "guidance letter" to every school district in the country threatening the loss of federal funds if districts did not accommodate kids who identify their gender opposite their biology. Are we crazy? What nonsense will we subscribe to next?So ...

Support for the commissioners

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,I am writing on behalf of myself and my family in support of the recent actions taken by the county commission regarding the Hancock County Animal Shelter. The shelter, as operated by the foundation, was turning people away because there was no space, which was due to a no-kill or ...

Alligators, both real and imagined

Local Columns

We took Grampy Grumpy to a baseball game recently. Of course we picked the hottest day of the year. And of course we decided to tailgate. Grilling was a treat in the heat, and we all slumped in our lawn chairs without enough energy to do more than grumble about the heat, sweat and sizzle."Did ...

Be patient with bridge work

Editorials

Area motorists need to pay attention to the area near the Veterans Memorial Bridge with traffic pattern changes occurring often as a construction project progresses.So far this summer, motorists have been driving through construction zones affecting southbound state Route 7 and eastbound U.S. ...

Take precautions to beat the heat

Editorials

Predictions of a hot summer are coming true with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees being recorded several times during the past week.The extreme heat and high humidity can lead to serious health issues.More people in this country die from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, ...

Energy Express continues to shine

Editorials

Energy Express continues to show its success, providing learning opportunities to area youth while on their summer breaks in an effort to assist in their education.In existence in the United States for 24 years, Energy Express is designed to include education and nutrition, while providing a ...

A few words can make a difference

Editorials

West Virginia officials are trying every method they can think of to fight the onslaught of prescription drug abuse in our state. Among the steps they have taken is filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical distributors that have poured massive amounts of pills into Appalachia, without regard for ...

Police kept the peace during GOP convention

Editorials

Remember the lead-up top the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? For weeks before it opened, there was speculation about violent demonstrations and confrontations among competing protesters as well as between them and police.Well, the convention ended Thursday night. Most of the ...

Pension issues won’t be solved overnight

Editorials

The City of Weirton is moving forward with a series of plans officials hope will help to solve its growing pension problems for the city's police and fire departments.In recent months, city council meetings have been attended by active and retired police and firefighters asking council to take ...

Four things that have startled me

Local Columns

And the burning question is - what do Tony Bennett, a skunk, a steak knife and a car parked where it doesn't belong all have in common?I'll tell you.They've all given me a startle in recent weeks, beginning with a morning routine that started with a crunch.Out I backed my car one morning from ...

The die has been cast, let the battle begin

Local Columns

The Republican National Convention has come to an end, and the Democratic National Convention will be held this week.The teams are now set, with Trump/Pence for the GOP and Clinton/Kaine for the Dems.The real battle is set, as both campaigns begin a break-neck scramble across the country, ...

Humility receives grace, pride receives opposition

Local Columns

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, ...

A factual look at angry America

Editorials

While there has been commentary about the speech being "dark," or too long, what was telling about the reaction to Donald Trump's GOP nominee acceptance speech was something that isn't being shouted from the rooftops: Most of what he said was based in fact, certainly more than the usual ...

The great pretenders

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Democrats and liberals truly are the "Great Pretenders."They pretend that "climate change" is a terrible, immediate crisis, despite the fact that not one of the long-predicted disasters has ever come to pass.They pretend that Obama's presidency has not been a failure, and ...

Call it what you will

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The sad state of affairs in America when Fox News' Sean Hannity becomes the perfect example of perpetual hatred.From day one, eight years ago, he has been obsessed with destroying Obama's presidency.Six months into his presidency, the truth came out. It was so obvious by many in ...

Fearful for the future

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,What our young people will have to face in the coming future, can they handle it? There has never been a time when so many countries are losing millions of their population through wars, internal fighting and terrorists who want their own territory.A lot of the world hatred is ...