Opinion

Suspicious times

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We all have been inundated lately with large postcard candidate mailers touting each others' crookedness! The carpet bagger Morrisey accurately hypes Manchin's tap dancing around his connection to Mylan pharms' rip off, while Manchin accurately hypes the "60 Minutes" expose of ...

Vote and make a difference

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Republican Patrick Morrisey, who is running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, began his campaign last spring lying about Manchin. Morrisey said, "He (Manchin) doesn't care about the people of West Virginia, except at election time." Not true. I read newspapers and watch ...

Change needed in Hancock County

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Whether you're for the smoking ban or against it, whether you agree with the animal shelter takeover or not, for one second, let's forget about those things and look at the two candidates currently running for Hancock County commissioner. The current commissioner has 18 ...

Manchin needs to remain in Senate

Editorials

Too many members of Congress are preoccupied with what leaders of their political parties want. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is different. He has earned a national reputation as a political maverick by making what his fellow West Virginians want and need his top priority. That can be ...

More public discussion needed by school board

Editorials

Brooke County Board of Education members should be taking a few days to come up with a plan to cope with the anger expressed Monday night over pay raises granted to some school administrators. What taxpayers, including some educators, heard Monday was not sufficient. Members of the public and ...

Some hope for the coal industry

Editorials

For some time during former President Barack Obama's administration, it appeared that the coal-fired power plant just south of St. Marys, W.Va., was doomed. FirstEnergy attempted to transfer it to subsidiaries, but regulators blocked that. No one wanted to buy the plant. At the time, that ...

Pursue research on e-cigarettes

Editorials

Tobacco is hazardous to our health. We have known that for many years. Finally, it seems the message about cigarettes, snuff and other traditional methods of consuming nicotine has gotten through to many young people. So they have turned to “vaping” — that is, using e-cigarettes that ...

Make use of early voting period

Editorials

While we certainly encourage our residents to get out and vote Nov. 6, we hope those who are unable will make use of West Virginia’s early voting period which begins Wednesday. Both Hancock and Brooke counties have commission seats on the ballot, and voters also will select their ...

The wheels of government keep spinning

Local Columns

The nice thing about the hiatus of the impeachment trials of Chief Justice Margaret Workman, former justice Robin Davis and convicted Justice Allen Loughry is that I can finally focus on other issues. For example, the PEIA Task Force formed last March to solve the riddle of preventing health ...

In need of a realistic approach

Editorials

Recently, Gov. Jim Justice had to issue a difficult press release — one he filled with assurances about “as best as I possibly can” and “every way we possibly can from the Governor’s Office” doing something to reverse the situation. In Wyoming County, the Pinnacle Mine is closing ...

One too many ‘Whatever you say, dear’

Local Columns

Stay-cations are tough on a spouse. Having just had a week of October off — the one that was wildly warm and wonderful — I noticed this weighing heavily on Better Half. He just didn’t seem quite like himself, which is not to say he’s not a super nice guy and all, but he was ...

Keep the signs off state property

Editorials

Periodically, we Americans have to contend with our own modern version of the biblical plagues in ancient Egypt. But instead of being invaded by frogs or locusts, we have to endure a plague of political campaign signs. They are everywhere — including some places they are not supposed to be ...

Editor’s note:

Letters to the Editor

The General Election will take place Nov. 6. Letters to the Editor concerning candidates or issues on the ballot will not be published beyond the Oct. 28 edition. To be published, letters must be received no later than noon, Oct. 25.

Hancock County needs better representation

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In 2007, an Ethics Law exemption allowing Hancock County Commissioner Davis to establish a 100 year land lease contract with the county for housing a new emergency response communication tower on Davis property was denied by the W.Va. Ethics Commission. The lease would have ...

Tips for a safe Halloween

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As the famous Halloween approaches, here is some tips to follow for a safe evening. 1. As the children go about through the neighborhood, make sure that your children are with others that they know. If your kids are too little to walk too far, go with them. It will be a ...

Celebrating the past, looking to the future

Editorials

Weirton may not be known for giant pumpkins or a special type of apple, but organizers of this Saturday’s Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival hope the new event can join the Ohio Valley’s other “heritage” festivals as it celebrates our area’s industrial past. Activities are scheduled ...

Improving health care in rural W.Va.

Editorials

A substantial amount of health care research seems to rely on an assumption that access to medical treatment is a given. For the tens of millions of Americans who live in or near urban areas with big hospitals, that may not be unreasonable. But here in West Virginia, as well as in rural areas ...

Be aware, save a life

Editorials

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

Remove Loughry from the bench

Editorials

West Virginia state senators cannot conduct an impeachment trial for state Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman, a panel of five circuit judges acting temporarily as the state’s highest court has ruled. Because similar constitutional issues affect a second person, retired Justice Robin ...

Bringing down the gavel on West Virginia’s courts

Local Columns

Around 2009, when I was starting West Virginia Watchdog, my first foray into the world of statehouse reporting, I made contact with a guy who wrote a book about West Virginia political corruption. I wanted to seek him out and get blanket permission to use the book as a source when doing ...