Opinion

State lawmakers preparing for 2019

Local Columns

As we head into 2019, things are very quiet, as both the executive and legislative branches prepare their bills for the 60-day general session starting Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reporters from around the state will get a sneak preview of some of the proposed legislation during the West Virginia Press ...

Learn from our losses in the new year

Editorials

We were reminded during the second half of this year of the importance of public service, and had the opportunity to look back at a time when governing represented the art of compromise, a period when opinions were valued and decisions were reached only after thought and deliberation. Sadly, ...

Winding down to welcome a new year

Local Columns

I like this mini stretch of days we’re in — the days after the busyness of Christmas and the calmer days leading up to a new year beginning. It’s unwind time. I can finally kind of sit back and take in a deep breath, really relax a little and mentally assess not only how Christmas ...

Reflecting on life’s lessons for the year

Local Columns

The year 2018 will come to a close Monday night and we’ll turn our calendars over to 2019. The celebration of New Year’s is a time of celebration, with festivities around the world reflecting uncounted traditions. It also is a time of reflection as we look back on the previous year and ...

A dramatic afternoon of NFL action

Editorials

There no doubt will be some conflicting emotions felt by fans throughout the Tri-State Area as the final games of the National Football League’s regular season play out today. The Pittsburgh Steelers, at one time considered to be among the favorites to earn a spot in February’s Super ...

Stay in the past or move forward into the future

Local Columns

Do you want to “stay” in the past or “live” in the future? This time of year, as it draws to a close, we are granted a unique opportunity by these two choices. This past year, for me, has been valley and mountain top experiences. Like many of you, I have said goodbye so some wonderful ...

Taking a lead in environmental safeguards

Editorials

It seems very likely construction of the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant will proceed at Dilles Bottom. If so, it will open a door of opportunity for many in the Ohio Valley. In addition, it will be an opportunity to get environmental protection right — in the minds of ...

Include provision on black lung

Editorials

While many Americans are thinking of exchanging gifts they received for Christmas, another kind of give-and-take is occurring in Washington. It could determine whether the new year is a good one for thousands of West Virginians and Ohioan who suffer from black lung disease. Some federal ...

It’s time for the college bowl games

Editorials

If you are a real fan of college football, this is the week you have been waiting for. It’s the high point of the bowl season, and fans throughout the Tri-State Area will looking forward to several games. Granted, a lot of interest in the bowls was lost on Dec. 2, when members of the ...

Don’t drink and drive this holiday season

Editorials

’Tis the season for holiday parties, and it is a good time to think about parties and drinking and driving. Alcohol will be available at some of those parties. People will gather in living rooms and barrooms to toast, enjoy each other’s company and gaze at the holiday lights. One set of ...

Remember the true meaning

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.” ...

Christmas in New York City

Local Columns

I recently discovered something that many people know, but I always thought was a bit exaggerated: Christmas in New York City is magical. I’ve always wondered how New York City and Christmas became so intertwined. Some of it is borne of pop culture. Movies such as “Miracle on 34th ...

He exists within us all

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 ...

The ‘gift’ of an ordinary day is beautiful

Local Columns

Just an ordinary day. Now that certainly doesn’t describe Christmas, at least not in my book given we celebrate the greatest gift of all with the birth of a savior in Jesus Christ and gather to enjoy food and festivities with family and friends. It’s a special day to be sure to make new ...

Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams

Local Columns

Christmas often is referred to as the Season of Perpetual Hope. Hope can mean a lot of different things to people. In many ways, it was what helps to drive us forward. Our hopes can motivate us as we work toward the goals we set for life. Among the definitions of “hope,” according to ...

Light displays show community pride

Editorials

Look around your neighborhoods — the holiday spirit is alive and well. Twinkling, and even laser, lights, as well as animated holiday characters can be seen on the outside of homes and businesses this time of the year, fostering a creative and often competitive spirit among homeowners and ...

Come see the Nativity

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We would like to invite everyone to come to see the Weirton Nativity Display at the Weirton Community Center after dark. With the donation from the J.C. Williams Foundation, the figures have now been completely replaced and will be enjoyed by future generations. We were ...

Sports, exams and the Christmas season

Local Columns

The life of every Catholic involves sacrifice. Madonna students understand the idea of sacrifice well, especially during this time of year, not only due to Christ’s coming celebrated during the Advent Season, but also because this past week was dedicated to taking exams. Any Madonna student ...

In need of a new attitude

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Years ago, when Pennsylvania Avenue was two lanes, I was driving my new Ford Van on it in Weirton Heights, when an ambulance came upon me. It was night. I slowed down and pulled over onto the berm. Bam! My right front tire ran into an abandoned, crumbling catch basin overgrown ...

What will you do to have a ‘Right’ Christmas?

Local Columns

We are all familiar with Bing Crosby’s Song, “White Christmas.” Listen to these words…. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the ones I used to know. Where the treetops glisten, and children listen. To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. ...