Opinion

United Way appreciative of support

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On Monday, June 11, 2018 the Weirton United Way held its annual Charity Golf Classic at Williams Golf and Country Club. This year marked the 37th year for the tournament, a milestone we are proud to acknowledge! Thank you to those who served on the golf committee and the many ...

Elder fraud cases need to be a priority

Local Columns

The Northern District of West Virginia was recently invited by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions to highlight our prosecution of a fraud case involving elderly victims. It was the Department's goal to highlight that prosecution and others being done by United States ...

Border plan just plain evil

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Humpty Dumpty wants to build a great wall, which will bring America to its knees with the failure to please the allies we joined with to defeat the dictators of the 20th century world, not to end up appeasing the ...

Tired of waiting for paving

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, We have waited long enough! It's time to repave Brightway and Barone Drive on Marland Heights. No hot patching. No easy fixes. These two roads need repaved the right way. Residents of Marland Heights deserve better than this mess. Let's get the roads repaved and stop ...

Promoting area internationally

Editorials

Patrick Ford represented the Northern Panhandle at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle was equipped with the only marketing piece for our region: A BDC marketing magazine that is the result ...

A win-win for W.Va. and China

Editorials

We don’t know what the Chinese equivalent of the old American warning of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face is, but let us hope it is kept in mind in Beijing. Last year, West Virginians got wonderful news: China Energy, owned mostly by that nation’s government, planned to ...

Keeping our farmers sound

Editorials

The Farm Bill has passed the Senate and the House has been unable to pass its own version, defeating it in mid-May amid attempts to attach work requirements to the food stamp program, which is the major component of the Farm Bill. The first price supports dated to the early years of the Great ...

Taking the opioid fight to the national level

Editorials

Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, and U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, for not only talking about the opioid addiction crisis but also authoring bills and having them passed by the full House of Representatives. Johnson’s T.E.A.C.H. Act would provide incentives ...

Moving forward

Editorials

West Virginia needs to overcome the "We're last and proud" syndrome as it tries to become a greater economic power in the nation. That's the word from E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University, who discussed the West Virginia Forward initiative with reporters during Academic Media ...

Talk is better than warfare

Editorials

In the currently divided U.S. political climate, even good news is drowned in a hail of criticism. There is one very basic fact that needs to be remembered before all else is said about the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: It happened. The president of ...

Letting go of a foiled flower bed

Local Columns

For me, it’s one of those things you see but you don’t see. It’s been in the back yard area for a number of years now, a disabled truck that I’m confident to say is not an eyesore to any neighbors. It just looks like a truck waiting patiently for a driver to take it somewhere. And ...

Take time to explore West Virginia

Local Columns

The other day, our newsroom received a press release on a new social media/tourism campaign encouraging people to explore the Mountain State. The same day, I received one of the stickers included in the campaign. The next day, the new West Virginia Vacation Guide arrived in the mail. The ...

The meaning of ‘father’

Editorials

Fathers don't always receive the attention they deserve, often because many fathers garner attention that isn't so good. Tales of single fathers and stay-at-home dads are not as common as tales of fathers gone wrong, fathers who succumb to the terrible pressures of supporting a family in a ...

Fundraiser was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Kendall Marie Dunbar fundraiser, sponsored by Randy Elliott and American Legion Squadron 121, was an awesome benefit witnessed by all who attended on June 7. The event was made possible by several individuals and organizations who volunteered their time, talents, donations ...

Remembering to honor our fathers

Local Columns

Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her ...

Re-enactment of trial a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A contemporary jury observed the re-enactment of the historic trial of John Brown at Wheeling's Independence Hall's 1859 court room in May. Unlike the original trial (held in 1859) this jury, which included females, found Brown innocent of murder. The charges of treason and ...

Questions about comments

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Logically, it should be easy to win an argument in which writers like Barry Bardone and Rob Denham are allowed to present both sides. The trick is to not get called out as doing that. Well, here it is, I'm calling bullcrap. Here they are: "And professed their loyalty to ...

It’s time for a seed bank

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, There was an interesting story recently from The Associated Press, "Social Security, Medicare stir new worries." The cutbacks that will come in the years of the middle of the 21st century have me pointing back to my June 23, 2016, pitch for victory gardens. This is a course of ...

Be cautious with state budget news

Editorials

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice may have been as surprised as anyone to find out he was close to the mark a few months back when he predicted increasing revenue — an extra $58 million — would be available for the 2018-19 budget. But, true to form, he came around to an I-knew-it-all-along ...

Report needs to be released

Editorials

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...