Opinion

Where did it go wrong?

Local Columns

To the Editor, As night follows day. In the 50s, the proliferation of television exponentially broadened the tobacco industry's ability to merchandize cigarettes to an emerging nation of viewers. In a generation, the merchants of death addicted a nation to nicotine. In the late 50s, Hefner ...

Tuesday is the final day to register to vote

Local Columns

There are hundreds (and probably thousands) of examples nationwide where elections have been won by just one vote. In West Virginia, we're doing our best to make sure that every vote counts. Working with our county clerks, we're cleaning up our voter registration lists. In just about 14 months, ...

Wait and see on China trade

Editorials

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

Ryan deserves praise

Editorials

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. His role has been especially valuable during the past year and a half. Ryan, R-Wis., revealed Wednesday he will not seek re-election. He said ...

Training to keep our schools safe

Editorials

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Prevent child abuse

Editorials

One of every two children placed in foster care in 2015 was there because of abuse and neglect associated with their parents' drug use, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Parents are so intent on feeding their addiction that they forget about their ...

New task force a true asset for state

Editorials

By an enormous margin, most health care professionals in West Virginia are honest, dedicated to the well-being of those who need their help. But the possibilities are nearly endless for that tiny minority determined to build their own wealth by harming patients and ripping off ...

Highway corridor would benefit all

Editorials

It was the spring of 2011 when the idea of the Pittsburgh-to-Columbus highway corridor went into hibernation. After several years of work involving politicians from the state level, business and local politicians across seven counties in Eastern Ohio and economic development leadership, the ...

Stinky weather needs to pack its bags

Local Columns

My sandals are stuck in storage. My winter coat is hanging on me instead of a hanger, where it should be enjoying seasonal retirement. The furnace keeps running and running, but it’s not getting anywhere. And it’s snowing at April baseball games, for pity sake, where its fans are ...

The election is approaching, right?

Local Columns

We’re a month away from West Virginia’s primary election, although, with the exception of a few campaign signs which recently started to appear, one might wonder if area residents are even aware. There are several races on the ballot May 8, with U.S. Senate and U.S. House seats up for ...

A continuing commitment

Editorials

Eastern Gateway Community College is making a $1.8 million investment in its facilities in Steubenville that are a welcome sign of continuing commitment to the area. The Student Success Center will become, as EGCC President Jimmie Bruce said, the new front door to the college. President ...

Support appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society I would like to thank our entire Weirton area community for their continuous support of our annual Greek Easter Bake Sale which was held March 29. We baked 750 sweet breads and 777 dozen koulourakia (twist ...

If you invite them, they will come

Local Columns

Why? Why do so many Christians have such a hard time inviting people to church? We invite people to dinner, ball games, picnics and numerous events and programs. So why is it so hard to get folks to invite their friends and family to a church service? A simple answer: We can get the church ...

PROs provide safety in schools

Editorials

Security concerns nationwide are prompting school districts to re-evaluate how they provide for the safety of their students, faculty and staff. Such efforts can be seen in Hancock County where school board officials recently announced a plan to station prevention resource officers in all of ...

Project will provide new opportunities

Editorials

Economic development efforts continue in Weirton, and collaboration has been key to seeing growth and new business. The latest news was the announcement of a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration for the expansion of the Three Springs Business Park. The grant, ...

Thanks to our school volunteers

Editorials

It is easy to overlook the contributions volunteers make to our area schools. They come from all walks of life and in all ages. They are professionals in our community, They are the people who attended school many years ago and are looking for a way to give back to the community. They are ...

There is still division

Editorials

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis. In 50 years much has changed. In 50 years, much hasn’t changed. King is remembered as the leader of a nonviolent movement seeking equality, justice for all, for African-Americans, for the ...

Our children are our top priority

Editorials

Thousands of West Virginia children are in grave danger, most of them because of the drug abuse epidemic. Bless them — and we do not write that lightly — officials in the state Department of Health and Human Resources are doing what they can to protect the little ones. Forty-eight new ...

Think safety on prom night

Editorials

Be assured, preparations have long been under way for this year's area high school proms, as area students have been anticipating a truly magical evening for many months. We hope each and every student has a wonderful night filled with friends and fun, as they don formal attire and head off ...

Fresh haircut, new license, full of hope

Local Columns

I got a haircut last week. I figured I’d take a little off the top and “get my ears lowered,” a little freshening, definition and “sassiness,” as I generally instruct my hairdresser, who I affectionately refer to as “Edward Scissorhands.” After all, I needed a trim because I ...