Opinion

Spirit of 1776 is alive

Editorials

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than the men who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate today. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for ...

Reporter’s notebook: Is the governor in?

Local Columns

For my first column, I need to at least briefly introduce myself. My name is Steven Allen Adams and after more than five years away, I returned to journalism last week, covering West Virginia government for your newspaper. I’m going to be your guide to what is turning out to be a very ...

Bureaucrats have something to learn

Editorials

How is it that while state officials were sitting on nearly $150 million in federal funding meant to help victims of 2016 flooding in West Virginia, private charities were getting results? Perhaps state legislators looking into the RISE scandal should ask that question. Lawmakers are ...

Go see some local fireworks

Editorials

We ask everyone to take a moment during the next couple of days and remember that there are few nations in the world where citizens are able to gather to celebrate the freedoms residents of the United States of America too often taken for granted. It's an important thought as our nation ...

A new batch of community leaders

Local Columns

Wednesday saw the completion of another year of the Leadership Weirton program, offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce. Eight individuals completed this year’s program, taking part in the various sessions, offering their time to volunteer in the community and organizing a ...

Steel still vital for area

Editorials

The purchase of the Mingo Junction steel mill best known as Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel by JSW, a leading Indian steelmaker, is good news. The firm is looking to establish a foothold in the United States as a potential 4 million ton-a-year steelmaker with operations in Texas and Mingo ...

Roads need help

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Del. Pat McGeehan, Del. Mark Zatezalo, Sen. Ryan Weld and Sen. Ryan Ferns. Help! Having traveled the full length of W.Va. Route 2, clearly, the worst cared for, by far, is the less than 5 miles through Newell and New Cumberland. It's the same story we who live here have ...

A little something to think about

Local Columns

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) Our successes or failures in life can be directly related to our thoughts and how we think. Positive thoughts plus positive actions equal positive results. Negative thoughts plus negative actions equal negative results. Nothing ...

Voter ruling a first step

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing Ohio to curtail its voter rolls is a step in the right direction. The gist of this decision is that those who've moved from one address to another without verification or have not voted in three two-year election cycles will have ...

Show compassion for your pets

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, With the Fourth of July just a few days away, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from ...

Upsetting the apple cart

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I wasn't a gung-ho Trumper. He wasn't my first choice, or my second or third. I held my nose and voted for him, though, and I have to say that I haven't been sorry. He's done much better than I'd expected, and in many ways, he's earned my respect. Many of President Trump's ...

Surpluses will not continue

Editorials

Jason Haught, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s chief financial officer, had good advice for all of us in the Mountain State last week. It came during a PEIA Finance Board meeting at which it was reported the agency, which provides health insurance for as many as 200,000 ...

Celebrate America with the symphony

Editorials

What has become a long-standing summer tradition is set to return to Weirton this Sunday with the annual performance of the Wheeling Symphony. The symphony, under the direction of conductor Roger Kalia, will take the stage at the Weirton Event Center at 8 a.m. Sunday. This will be the 27th ...

Be safe while enjoying fireworks

Editorials

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with family picnics and get-togethers, sometimes accompanied by a few bangs and booms, but remember: The best advice about fireworks is to leave them to the professionals. It’s estimated that emergency rooms across the country will treat about 760 ...

Are there others?

Editorials

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry engaged in fraud for years, according to a federal grand jury indictment. He was arrested by FBI agents last Wednesday, and faces a maximum of nearly 400 years in prison if he is convicted. If charges against Loughry are accurate — and he is ...

PEIA solution tougher to find

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency officials are doing the politically smart thing in forestalling an increase in health insurance premiums for an estimated 14,000 people. In saying the action will have no financial impact, however, they are being ...

Relays are saving lives

Editorials

Hours and hours of walking, plus a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, have culminated in yet another successful effort by some very caring Ohio Valley residents, as the 2018 season of area Relays for Life has wrapped up. There were survivors’ laps and dinners, lighted luminaria in ...

Not surrendering to July without a fight

Local Columns

It was very late, and I was very tired, but I would not surrender the evening. It was past 10:30 p.m. on what was the eve-eve of June 21, summer solstice day, when Better Half poked his head out the back door. “You’re still up??!!” came his incredulous half question, half observation ...

Development doesn’t happen overnight

Local Columns

One day, you’re driving past an empty field. A few weeks later, the beginnings of a new restaurant, an office building or a manufacturing facility can be seen. To many, it may seem like magic, bringing a new business into a community seemingly in just a short period. The fact of the ...

A brighter future

Editorials

Trinity Health System's announcement of a $76 million project that will result in a new Trinity Medical Center at the West campus is positioning the hospital to be a leader in the area for years to come. Officials spent more than a decade trying to come up with a design that would be ...