Opinion

Change in plan seems prudent

Editorials

Former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wanted badly to help southern West Virginia residents hurt disproportionately by the war on coal and affordable electricity that raged for eight years. A native of Logan County, Tomblin understood his neighbors needed really big economic development ...

Cigarettes going up in smoke

Editorials

West Virginia residents are tired of being told, year after year, they are among the unhealthiest folks in the country. The factors used in creating such reports are often politically motivated, and incomplete indicators of health. One measure often cited, however, is smoking. West ...

The reason we celebrate the season

Editorials

The simple greeting, “Merry Christmas,” has been the subject of one of the biggest battles society in general has faced in recent years. In fact, in many places and in many situations, that greeting has been replaced by the all-inclusive, yet far less meaningful, “Happy Holidays.” ...

It really is the most wonderful time

Local Columns

December is like a l-o-n-g tunnel, and it can seem as though there’s no hint of light at the end of it. Or as I was laughing with a group of friends recently — most of us exasperated by schedules accelerated and compounded courtesy of the holiday season — it’s like a box you’re ...

What makes the holiday special

Local Columns

By now, our shopping is complete, meal plans are finished and gifts are at least close to wrapped. Maybe you’ve been watching a few movies, or going to see some lights, or having dinner with friends. While we get so wrapped up in the hustling and bustling of this holiday season, we need ...

The spirit of Christmas remains alive

Editorials

The name Francis Pharcellus Church stands behind words penned that capture the secular spirit of Christmas and the joy and magic on the faces of children at this time of year. Church was the editor of the New York Sun. During his career he wrote many editorials. Some, no doubt, took the ...

Remember to keep the cross in Christmas

Local Columns

We have probably all heard the call to keep Christ in Christmas. If this is on billboards, or on television, then it is usually accompanied by a picture of Jesus in a manger. In other words, for most people, the idea of keeping Christ in Christmas is limited to talking about the baby Jesus. ...

Taxpayer funds not for payoffs

Editorials

One might think that when our money is used to pay the price of wrongdoing in Congress, we taxpayers would be entitled to the names of those who ran up the bill. But no. Apparently, that is not how it works. From 2008-12, the House of Representatives Office of Compliance paid out $342,000 ...

Making online classes work

Editorials

Educators need all the tools available to ensure every student gets what he or she needs from school. Good for Hancock County Board of Education members for pulling another tool out of the box. On Jan. 16, the county school system will add another classroom, this one virtual. Beginning that ...

Protect miners from black lung

Editorials

East Ohio and Northern Panhandle residents know too much about black lung disease to be happy about talk in Washington of watering down protections against it for coal miners. In some areas, black lung is making a comeback, despite decades of regulations meant to curb it. Officials of the ...

Natural gas taxes are unreliable

Editorials

Easy come, easy go. Officials in some Northern Panhandle counties are learning the old warning could have been coined to describe tax revenue from the natural gas industry. It has fluctuated wildly during recent years, dropping drastically between 2016 and 2017, as we reported last ...

Practice patience on bridge prospect

Editorials

The Lee Avenue Bridge in Weirton has been shut down for several years now. After numerous repair projects failed to meet the needs to keep it safe, and continuous collisions from trains and other equipment, the decision was made to close it until another solution could be found. Many ...

Think carefully about pets as gifts

Editorials

It's the time of year when trips to area shopping centers and pet supply stores include sightings of wagging tails and furry ears, playful barks and purring. Yes, dogs and cats are a familiar sight this time of the year as shoppers scurry to find last-minute gifts. The canines and felines ...

Experiencing pangs of decision remorse

Local Columns

“Are we still good or are you having decision remorse?” It was Dec. 13 when Better Half and I had this conversation, 12 days before Christmas when I posed the question after I’d eaten some dinner. I was feeling grumpier before that, having an empty stomach and all. Now I was properly ...

Take time to go see the holiday lights

Local Columns

One of the nicest things about the holiday season is taking the time to drive around some of our towns and see the various decorations placed in front of the homes and along the city streets. We’re a week away from Christmas, half-way through Hanukkah, a few days from the Winter Solstice, ...

Macron’s science may not be solid

Editorials

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

Excuse my first-world arrogance

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I was recently involved in an online discussion which, as often happens, turned rather bitter, rather quickly. This man, who shall remain nameless, who made the original post, was from a "Third World" country, which shall remain nameless. His snarky, condescending ...

A true hero and champion for the world

Local Columns

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God…" "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" I can still hear the crowd in the movie, Rocky, as they chanted and applauded his name ...

Thanks for help on contemporary trial

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On a moonlit night in mid-October, 158 years ago, 21 men, under the command of John Brown, marched eight miles from a farm house in Maryland to the Virginia town of Harpers Ferry. Located at the confluence of the Shenendoah and Potomac Rivers, the town maintained a federal ...

Put trust in Jesus

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Barbara Streisand's "The Way We Were," "Memories light the corner of my mind." Memorializing mothers, fathers that go through the trying times of raising children, death of a young one or a widow absent of one's partner, trying times when alone. Men, women in harms way in ...