Opinion

Animals are losers in shelter battle

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It was a sad headline in your paper the other day ("Hancock County will stay in charge of shelter," Aug. 19) that the Hancock County Commissioners won the animal shelter, and that the Foundation was out. The taxpayers who attended commission meetings and spoke on behalf of ...

An exhausting but fun county fair

Local Columns

I don’t know how the members of the Jefferson County Fair board or those bringing livestock to the fair for show feel  after the event is over, but to me it is like a big whoosh of exhaled air after holding my breath for about nine days. Nine days you say —the fair is only for six ...

Finding a home in God’s zip code

Local Columns

John 1:12-13 from the bible says, "Yet to those who received Him, to those who believed on His name, He gave them the right to become children of God; Children not born a natural descent, a human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. I heard a young preacher recently say, that ...

Keep family in mind

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I grew up in a large family, then we had four children and many grandchildren. I must say, most of the time it was a lot of happiness. Many big dinners, many birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and just family gatherings. You accumulate enough memories to last two life ...

Sending kids off to college keeps them here at home

Local Columns

Over the past few weeks, families across the state hugged their children goodbye and sent them off to college. For many, it was a bittersweet and emotional moment filled with both pride and sorrow, worry and relief. But we can all take heart. Because earning a college degree puts students on ...

The struggle of the first day photo

Local Columns

The first day of school snuck up on me this year. We didn’t even go shopping for clothes until two day before we started, but we spent six weeks this summer either on vacation or at camp, so we didn’t have a lot of free time. Also, I’m not good at time management. I didn’t even buy ...

It’s been a great summer for concerts

Editorials

The summer season is coming to an end, and with it the end of local summer concert searies. Both Steubenville and Weirton have once again put together successful series, featuring a variety of music and entertainment for residents of the Upper Ohio Valley. Whether gathering at the Louis and ...

Are we ready for the future of cars?

Editorials

Like it or not, self-driving cars are no longer on the way. They’re here. They’re not as smart as they’re going to become, yet, but it probably won’t be long before drivers are able to hop on the interstates and speed off to Columbus or Charleston without putting their hands back on ...

Ensure offenders register in W.Va.

Editorials

Many of the convicted sex offenders on the registry West Virginia maintains to warn communities about them did not commit their crimes here. They did so in other states, moving to ours afterward. Some may be seeking to build new lives away from the places where they gained notoriety for all ...

Football is back

Editorials

Fans of high school football around the region will be directing their attention toward Harding Stadium Thursday night, as the 2016 season gets under way. The fabled facility will be the site of a doubleheader beginning with a matchup between Steubenville Big Red and Washington, D.C., Woodrow ...

Battling abuse a team effort

Editorials

Much of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole’s plan to battle the drug abuse epidemic in West Virginia focuses on, well, focus. Cole, who is president of the state Senate, recognizes the very intensity with which Mountain State residents are fighting substance abuse is a ...

Get a gridiron preview

Editorials

If you’re a fan of high school football, you know that the start of the season is right around the corner. But before you head out to the stadiums beginning Thursday night, you’ll want to make sure you get a copy of our annual football edition. This year’s edition of The Gridiron will ...

A lot of changes in the last 15 years

Local Columns

I woke up last Sunday with a day full of personal plans (something I rarely am able to do) and no intention of thinking about work. I then remembered it was my 15th anniversary with The Weirton Daily Times. On Aug. 14, 2001, I walked into our old newsroom on Lee Avenue, pretty much fresh out ...

Looking for our unsung heroes

Editorials

If you have been waiting to nominate a friend or neighbor to be honored as a 2016 Community Star, here’s a reminder that the window of opportunity to make a submission is quickly closing. Wednesday is the deadline for nominations. That’s when the editors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton ...

Theater helps with CDI

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Striplight Theater was the magical setting Aug. 7 for the presentation of "A Tale of Cinderella." Jeffrey Holmes, artistic director, said the proceeds would benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative, our nonprofit to benefit patients who are currently undergoing ...

The sins of Sodom

Local Columns

The prophet Jeremiah defines the sins of Sodom, "Look, this was the iniquity of Sodom: She had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as ...

Going with Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, November 8th will be here before you know it. Have you given much thought to who gets your vote? Is it the liar or the loud mouth? I'm going with the loud mouth (TRUMP), and I'll tell you why. It has all to do with the Supreme Court. Right now, there are eight judges ...

Regulations must remain

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, House Speaker Ryan (R) "Federal regulations are out of control." "Congress is empowered by the Constitution to write laws that allow government by the consent of the governed," not by departmental orders such as the EPA. Theatrical hogwash by Ryan and the Republican ...

Not supporting Hillary

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to start off by saying that I have been a Democrat for over 50 years. Once Obama got elected, I immediately went to the courthouse to turn in my voter card and told them I never wanted to be a Democrat again. I am now an independent. He has made this world a mess. I ...

Cooperation needed for tennis courts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Fintons have been long-time supporters of Starvaggi Park. Years back, with financial support from Dr. Tayal, they worked tirelessly to modernize the playground area that now attracts not only a plethora of Weirton residents, but children with their parents and ...