Opinion

Technology no help if not used

Editorials

State government seems endlessly inventive in finding ways to waste huge sums of money on pie-in-the-sky technological ventures. Unfortunately, we West Virginians keep letting the folks in Charleston get away with it. About three years ago, state officials were talked into spending $150 ...

Thanks to first responders

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Paris Presbyterian Church held a community day to honor the first responders from the Burgettstown area, McDonald, Oakland, New Cumberland and Weirton area fire and police departments. We'd like to thank the following businesses that made contributions to this day. From ...

If you invite them, they will come

Local Columns

How many empty seats are in the church you attend? Knowing our area, I would imagine more than are filled. Why is that? Whose fault is it? Some would say, it's the preacher's fault, others would blame the age of the congregation. There are myriads of excuses, but the real reason is simple. We ...

Vacation — a mandate to eat out

Local Columns

I made myself perfectly clear as I began what was a lovely, long stretch of vacation time away from the newspaper. (You missed me, yes?) I told Better Half that we would be eating out every day, that it was my vacation, and no way was I going to go near our dusty stove unless there was a big ...

Help slow down the silent killer

Editorials

Area men, especially those older than age 50, should know about the “silent killer.” Long labeled the “silent killer” of men, prostate cancer unfortunately develops in men without any obvious symptoms, and this month — Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — is an excellent time to ...

Zatezalo will be a boon for coal

Editorials

Assuming the U.S. Senate agrees, a Weirton native will become the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration. That could be a very good thing, because the local man, David Zatezalo, has bottom-to-top experience in the coal industry. Zatezalo, a native of Weirton who currently lives in ...

It’s fair time in Brooke County

Editorials

We’re beginning to experience the shorter days and cooler temperatures of fall, but that doesn’t mean an end for the area’s fairs and festivals. A great example is the Brooke County Fair, which will run from Friday through Sunday at Brooke Hills Park. The annual event will feature ...

An all-of-the-above policy is vital

Editorials

For eight years, those of us in West Virginia, Ohio and a few other states tried in vain to make our fellow Americans understand that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal ought to be their concern as well as ours. It took the spotlight focused on Coal Country by then-candidate Donald ...

Real Americans rise to the occasion

Editorials

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we marvel ...

Reflect on Labor Day and our future

Editorials

Google “Labor Day 2017” and you’re as likely to find tips on holiday weekend sales in the stores, travel tips or end-of-summer barbecue recipes. While Labor Day continues to serve as the “end of summer” holiday (it was moreso when the schoolchildren returned to the classrooms on ...