Opinion

Celebrate our history, culture

Editorials

Area residents will be able to travel around the world, sampling music and food from a variety of cultures, and all in one afternoon.On Saturday, the Weirton Festival of Nations will be making its return, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Millsop Community Center.Organized by the Weirton Area ...

Springtime means home improvement

Editorials

Spring is right around the corner, which often brings about thoughts of various home improvement projects.Area residents have an opportunity to get some ideas for tasks around their home, or make contact with some of those who might be able to help during this weekend's Tri-State Home and ...

The Ohio Valley lives united

Editorials

If you think you have detected a celebratory feeling coming from the United Way offices in Steubenville and Weirton, you're right.And there's a very good reason.The United Way of Jefferson County and the Weirton United Way both have announced that they have achieved the respective fundraising ...

Gas drilling on Clinton’s hit list

Editorials

If there was any doubt Hillary Clinton is dedicated to devastating West Virginia and much of Ohio, she has erased it.Her plan to intensify President Barack Obama's war on coal and reasonably priced electricity is just a start. Clinton also wants to put a stranglehold on natural gas.She ...

Improving PEIA must be a priority

Editorials

West Virginia legislators' list of unfinished business is a long one, but dealing with the Public Employees Insurance Agency should be near the top of the list for action later this year.A few months ago, PEIA officials announced tens of thousands of active and retired public employees would ...

We’re pulling a Stella and a Ruth Ann

Local Columns

Never let it be said we aren't influenced by our parents.I was reminded of this anew when I watched what Better Half did to a tube of toothpaste the other morning.The tube was getting close to being empty, but there was still some toothpaste in there - enough for another brushing or two.Out ...

Iron Chef contest focuses on pizza

Local Columns

Who would have known that so many delicious dishes could be made from pizza? When I learned I would be judging the Iron Chef Contest with pizza as the main ingredient, I was excited about what I would be experiencing. Pam Federico and I were judging one segment of the main dish entries, and I ...

A lot of activities are around the corner

Local Columns

You may have noticed the sun is shining more brightly these days, and the air is warming up.I've even seen the beginnings of some daffodil blossoms popping up in the yard.Spring is coming up quickly, and that means our area will begin to see a variety of events coming with it.As you may have ...

We are, no doubt, in interesting times

Editorials

Time runs short for those who hold out hope against Donald Trump, if it hasn't run out already.Trump and his campaign for those who would support anyone from outside the system run into Ohio and Florida and Missouri voters Tuesday. There will be 367 Republican delegates at stake, with the magic ...

Where is the concern?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The Weirton Woman's Club, of which I'm a member, sponsored an important program for the public at the Mary H. Weir Library on March 5, with refreshments. We also advertised.Bob Fowler, of Brooke County Emergency Management, was the speaker. He spoke on terrorism, and how and where ...

Resident questions city budget measures

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,When I read the city proposed a $20 million budget for next year, I wrote a hellfire-and-brimstone letter, because we are going from a $15.7 million budget the mayor and council had to work with his first year in office to over a 20 percent increase for the administration's second ...

The family has gone to the birds

Local Columns

The Long Suffering Husband texted me: "Bird got in the house today."I knew, of course, this would make an excellent column, so I immediately told him to call me on his lunch break and tell me all about it. He assured me it wasn't that interesting, but I knew that couldn't be true.If a bird got ...

Don’t forget the smoke detectors

Editorials

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour.While that means we will have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities, it also represents one of the two good times during the year to follow a routine of checking smoke detector batteries in ...

United Way to take it to the hoop

Editorials

The Weirton United Way will be "taking it to the hoop" this weekend as part of its annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament event at Weir High School.The fundraiser, now in its third year, will serve as the unofficial kickoff to the United Way's 2016 campaign, and we encourage the community to show ...

Let the people make the decision

Editorials

It is impossible to be an adult of legal age in the United States of America and not know the risks and health dangers posed by smoking. From birth, it seems, the messages bombarding individuals are clear: Smoking hurts the smoker and hurts others around the smoker.However, given that an ...

The embodiment of dignity

Editorials

Call it class. Call it elegance. Call it dignity.Nancy Reagan had it in droves.Some 35 years after Ronald Reagan and his bride moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it's hard to believe there was once a time when the residence wasn't just about opulence but also about a projection of American ...

Town halls encouraged

Editorials

On Saturday, Weirton officials - including Mayor Harold Miller, City Manager Travis Blosser, City Attorney Vince Gurrera, Police Chief Rob Alexander and Ward 5 Councilman Douglas Jackson - met with a group of residents in a town hall.The meeting was primarily designated to discuss concerns over ...

Show appreciation for social workers

Editorials

Social workers work in the community everyday helping the less fortunate and those in need.March is National Professional Social Work Month and the theme this year is "Forging Solutions Out of Challenges."There are more than 650,000 social workers across the country who have dedicated their ...

Why winter projects were left undone

Local Columns

I typically think of winter as a time to do indoor projects I'm not inclined to do in the summer because I'm outdoors.That way winter goes by quickly, and I feel really good about myself. (Somebody has to.)But that hasn't happened this winter, especially the not accomplishing anything ...

We all can stand words of inspiration

Local Columns

Needing to dissolve a cough drop in my mouth now and then for a cough that refuses to go away, much like that little green mucus guy on television, I unwrapped one and found inspirational messages on the paper."Take charge and mean it," "Don't give up on yourself" or "Put your game face on" ...