Opinion

Mingo Lions Club marks 60th year

Local Columns

Fifty years means a golden anniversary, but I am not sure what type of mineral or gem a 60-year event warrants. Anyhow, 60 years is what the Mingo Lions Club, chartered on Jan. 25, 1956, observed with a fine dinner, catered  by Tracy DiCarlo of the Mingo Diner, and top-notch dignitaries in ...

God’s plan and our purpose

Local Columns

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 Exactly three months and 10 days ago I had a heart attack while cutting the grass. It was unexpected to say the least. I went to ...

Shelter foundation continues to be active

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation has done some amazing things, while saving many animals. We believe all lives matter. No animal is "put to sleep" due to space or time limits. "Euthanasia" should not be a primary means of population control. It is not humane, ...

Work on Brooke Fair appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I want to take a few moments to publicly thank the organizers and participants of the Brooke County Fair. My family and I had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. Steven Rockwell Follansbee

Our country is in a sad shape

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, How sad is our country and our government? Will the people of America wake up in time to help turn things around? I'm certainly glad my parents have passed on to a much better place compared to where we are now. None of the politicians have answers. They just want to ...

Newsflash for liberals

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To the Editor, Newsflash for liberals, progressives, socialists or whatever name Democrats are currently using: The founding fathers did not adopt the Second Amendment because people needed guns to hunt; nor was it just so we could hold off Indian attacks; nor was it just so we could ...

Going in the wrong direction

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To the Editor, The danger of being a prolific contributor to this forum is one can become so full of themselves that they begin to believe they are an authority unto themselves. Anyone who does a modicum of research into the machinations of the Supreme Court will be disavowed of the ...

The feline escape artist strikes again

Local Columns

Space Cat is at it again — although, in true Space Cat fashion, I don't think he's doing it on purpose. It's either an accident or his wickedness asserting itself. He's made of equal parts hair and evil; he can't help himself. One recent evening, Jerk Cat was doing what he does best — ...

Remember the bedrock of our nation

Editorials

Today is an important day in America's history — the day we honor our Constitution and the foundation of our society. Signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, that document gave power, structure and form to the national system of government that began with the U.S. Declaration of ...

Hiding illness not an option for candidates

Editorials

The election of 2016 continues to move farther away from traditional candidacies, perhaps reflecting the instant information age of the Internet as much as that of the mindset of the candidates themselves. The past several days were focused on the long-term health of Hillary Clinton after the ...

Some oldtime fun at Hancock County Fair

Editorials

There is certain to be some oldtime fun found at Tomlinson Run State Park this weekend with the return of the Hancock County Oldtime Fair. Since it was chartered in 1930, the fair has brought a sense of pride and tradition for Hancock County and its residents, relying more on local history ...

Think safe this homecoming

Editorials

It’s coming on homecoming season in the Ohio Valley, so let the festivities begin. Area students will have the opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves during this time of year, joining friends, family and alumni as they cheer on their team hopefully to victory and getting dressed up and ...

Giving public better access to records

Editorials

West Virginians and Ohioans often trade good ideas. Another one should make its way east across the Ohio River. Here in the Mountain State, members of the public denied access to government records can be stymied simply by telling them “no.” Officials are well aware that the only way to ...

Setting broadband priorities for W.Va.

Editorials

By all means, let’s provide gigabit internet service to every corner of West Virginia. While we’re at it, let’s upgrade those nasty two-lane roads to interstate quality. Let’s build new schools for every Mountain State child. Let’s … Please pardon our sarcasm. Sometimes ...

A Labor Day of rest, recreation, labor

Local Columns

Labor Day turned out to be a healthy mix of rest, recreation and labor, some intentional, some unanticipated, all of it good. By the latter, I mean tidying the barn was on my weekend to-do list, a task that unfolded on the holiday last Monday and became one of those onion-layer ...

Election season is quickly counting down

Local Columns

We are less than two months away from the election. In the coming weeks, we will be hearing about early voting periods, information on polling locations and reminders of filing to vote in order to take part on Nov. 8. We also will be hearing a variety of comments and claims from those ...

Turbulence often follows unity

Editorials

Children who were 15 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, are now entering their 30s. The children born in 2001 are beginning to drive. It shouldn't, then, be a surprise that with so much time having passed that the nation has reverted and accelerated along its path of divisiveness over race, class, ...

Support Weirton United Way

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The month of September is the official "kick-off" for the Weirton United Way annual campaign. This charitable organization provides vital support for its member agencies. Many of these agencies we are familiar with by name. Others may be less familiar. All of them are ...

Taking the day to be appreciative

Local Columns

I glanced at the calendar as I prepared to write this column and saw that the date would be Sept. 11 — a day to go down in infamy, to borrow a few words from President Franklin Roosevelt. I can well remember typing at my computer in the newsroom when on all television sets in the office, ...

Visitors offer thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My wife, Scarlett, and I would like to commend the outstanding courtesy of one of your local citizens. While visiting the area on a trip from Indiana, we decided to ride the Panhandle Trail. After parking the vehicle at the eastern trailhead near Carnegie, Pa., we had ...