Opinion

An answering machine voice remembered

Local Columns

The message has been on our answering machine for more than three years now, and I’ve never had the heart to erase it. I didn’t in the days and weeks after my Aunt Kitty had first left it around Mother’s Day 2014, and I still haven’t in the days following her death on Dec. 30. The ...

Keep an eye on our lawmakers’ actions

Local Columns

The West Virginia Legislature is set to begin the 2018 regular session on Wednesday. During those 60 days, the men and women we elect to represent us in Charleston will be making decisions which will affect this state and its residents for years to come. On Friday, the West Virginia Press ...

Continue finding ways to give

Editorials

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Business needs help

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I own and run a respectable business in downtown Weirton. I have a problem I need your help with. Weirton has a man running around at night, doing damage to businesses in the downtown Weirton area by throwing objects through our storefront windows on a regular basis. This ...

Begin the year with faith and enthusiasm

Local Columns

On this day, the first Sunday of 2018, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we begin 2018, think back over the past year. What kind of year was it for you? Was it good or bad? Were there any good changes in your life? Was it a year of difficulty? As we begin the adventure through 2018, ...

Just a few thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Random thoughts, some controversial, some not: Doing the right thing means no matter how evil a person is, he or she should never defend the wrong thing that possessed them out of some sense of remorse for their misgivings. Civilization moves as a fast pace. History is dead ...

Iranian reformers need U.S. support

Editorials

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

North Korea will remain a threat

Editorials

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Limits on speech a risky step

Editorials

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Prevent toxic smoke disaster

Editorials

When firefighters began arriving at the IEI Plastics warehouse in Wood County on Oct. 21, they knew they had a problem. Thick, black smoke was beginning to billow into the air. But the firefighters did not know what was in the smoke or whether they needed to evacuate the area. Firefighters ...

Take the time to be tested

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2018. It's Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

The new year shows promise

Editorials

By the time you are settling in to read this, the new year will have started. Like every year, 2018 brings with it a sense of hope, a feeling that the future ahead of us is at least a little brighter than the past that is behind us. Look for good things to happen across our region in the ...

Approaching another blinking new year

Local Columns

I approach 2018 confident that it will be very much like 2017 and so many other years past. It, too, will be one big blink with a beginning, a middle and an end and whatever else happens in between the bookends of Jan 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. Life happens at warp speed. Look at us. ...

Lessons learned and looking toward the future

Local Columns

The last year has been filled with ups and downs, both personally and professionally. I suppose that’s something we all can say on some level. As someone who doesn’t do well with change, there has been a lot with which to deal. Some of it has been good, some not so much. It has been a ...

Remembering those we lost

Editorials

If you are among the readers who count themselves in the Baby Boom generation, you are likely aware that many of the men and women who have shaped that time period have died in the past year. While the losses were felt across all segments of our lives, it's tough to pinpoint one that stands ...

Stop opioids from claiming another generation

Local Columns

Opioid abuse is one of the greatest challenges facing our state and nation. Lives are cut short every day. Whether by heroin or prescription painkillers, opioids do not discriminate. These senseless deaths occur across all segments of the population. Youth are particularly at risk, as they ...

For unto us a child is born…

Local Columns

Come with me on a trip through time. Come with me to the time when God stepped out of eternity. Come with me to the perfect time for the savior of mankind to arrive as a human baby in His crowning achievement of creation. Come with me to the time when heaven opened up and angels from on high ...

Make safe choices this New Year’s Eve

Editorials

New Year's parties are about to get under way and it is a good time to again remember not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking at one of those parties. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel any day of the year while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police ...

Implementing plan for growth

Editorials

Mountain State residents received an early Christmas present this year, in the form of the West Virginia Forward study. Like so many nice but complicated things — think electronics — the question now is what to do with it? How do we get the most out of the research? A collaboration among ...

College football is in the spotlight

Editorials

Fans of college football find themselves in what always is considered a special time of the year. This week is the heart of bowl season. And, while much has changed about the college game during the years, the period between Christmas and the first week of the new year means football is at ...