Opinion

Have a voice in the city’s future

Local Columns

For more than a year, the City of Weirton has been active in its efforts to update its Comprehensive Development Plan. Working with Mackin Engineering, the goal is to create a guiding document to help set a path for the city over the next several years. It is not meant to be permanent, and is ...

Remember the Resurrection

Editorials

Some 2,000 years ago, an itinerant preacher in the Middle East was crucified for, as his executioners put it, claiming to be a king. There was no immediate worldwide news coverage of the event. There were no live images beamed to televisions, tablets and cell phones around the world, no ...

VFW Auxiliary offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Auxiliary to the Panhandle Post 2716 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held a fundraising auction to support our local veterans. We had amazing support from the businesses in Weirton! In addition to our vendors and members who worked so hard, we'd like to thank WTOV-9 and ...

Transitioning from fear to joy

Local Columns

"So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples." (Matthew 28:10) Recently, I was reading the account of the two Marys as they were told that Jesus had been raised from the dead. How does Matthew describe what was mixing within their hearts ...

Today’s youth need to learn respect

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is in regards to vandalism at cemeteries. It's a disgrace that we can't rest in peace. We have had to struggle with our health throughout the years, and then to be able not to be at peace. That's the trouble in today's world. No one has respect for anyone else's ...

We’re facing grave consequences

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Can it be? Is it possible America is home to God's chosen people in the 21st century trying to democratize the world in his image? But, because of our sins must we suffer by falling into Putin's grand plan and Trump's no plan that's going to make America's demise ...

Volunteers who keep us safe

Editorials

Here in West Virginia and East Ohio, we rely primarily on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to help us when disaster strikes. Nationwide, 85 percent of fire departments are staffed either partially or entirely by volunteers. They receive nothing for their skill and ...

Kim Jong Un cannot be trusted

Editorials

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Honoring the past, looking to the future

Editorials

For 82 years, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce has been an active part of our community, working to meet the needs of local businesses while providing events and services to benefit many of our residents. The chamber has shown its pride in Weirton and surrounding cities of the Ohio ...

Baseball has returned

Editorials

It’s easy to sit back and say that Opening Day in Major League Baseball represents nothing more than the first episode in a 162-game drama that begins in the spring, stretches through the summer and ends in the fall. Those who think like that are not true fans. They see the sport as nothing ...

Positive outlook promising

Editorials

“We have every problem under the sun,” said E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, during Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference last week. But Gee and others at WVU see West Virginia’s woes as an opportunity — solve the problems here and it could help solve ...

Getting tests right in West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginia public education officials have taken a giant step forward in deciding to use the SAT college entrance test for all Mountain State juniors. Many more steps remain before the valuable standardized testing system we need for public schools is in place, however. Each and every one ...

Challenge: One day, no complaining

Local Columns

It seemed not entirely impossible, a challenge worthy of accepting and attempting, something that could be so lovely and uplifting and all. A good and timely lesson for us all. And then Better Half weighed in on the Sunday school/small group gathering assignment called “fun work,” not ...

Events connect us with the past

Local Columns

The Ohio Valley is home to a variety of home-grown fairs, festival and activities. They provide a special connection to those of us who live here, and those who once called the area home. Plans have begun to add one more event to that list, and I would encourage everyone interested in putting ...

Build upon what works

Editorials

A meeting of local officials with Bryce Custer of North Canton-based Ohio River Corridor LLC emphasized something that has to happen: Steubenville needs to do a better job of promoting itself and the good things that are happening that could lay the groundwork for an economic ...

The main question

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On July 1, 2016, the Hancock County Commissioners allowed an existing contract with a nonprofit that had been operating the county animal shelter for over 20 years to expire. The commission assumed shelter operations promising to "run the shelter even better." Even though ...

Make the decison to follow Jesus

Local Columns

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Historic step for W.Va. education employees

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Back in 1990, West Virginia made historic steps by participating in the first statewide teacher strike that lasted for 11 days. Here we are, 28 years later, and the state made history again by staging a work stoppage for all education employees. You read about school districts ...

Taking the action needed to protect our kids

Local Columns

Sadly, it seems like every day we hear of a new report of children or young adults being abused by trusted coaches or trafficked online. Every child deserves to grow up in a caring, nurturing environment that protects them from those who wish to do them harm, and I am working hard with my ...

West Virginia sues DEA, reforms national drug policy

Local Columns

Every aspect of the pharmaceutical supply chain bears responsibility for the havoc and senseless death unleashed upon West Virginia — and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is no exception. The DEA — the agency tasked with effectively limiting how many opioid pain pills can be ...