Opinion

Addressing ‘BAD’ buildings

Editorials

Our area has long dealt with issues of dilapidated buildings, brownfields and abandoned structures, creating an unsightly look for many of our communities.A conference to be held on Friday could provide new opportunities to address those concerns, bringing together officials, residents and ...

Have we become numb as a nation?

Editorials

Shootings in schools have occurred since the 19th century.There have been pranks gone wrong, teachers who shot at unruly students (a 19th century phenomenon), students who shot one another, estranged fathers going into schoohouses with weapons. It's nothing new.What is, sadly, new is the ...

Not the time for a tax increase

Editorials

The very last thing West Virginians, including small businesses that drive our economy, need is higher taxes. Yet a few state legislators planned a tax increase of historic proportions - and attempted to disguise it as tax relief.Fortunately for Mountain State residents, the vast majority of ...

Show support for Comfort House

Editorials

It is a shame that Comfort House, a local child advocacy center, will have to put on hold plans to seek a levy to assist with funding its operations. Apparently, state law does not allow for funding to agencies such as Comfort House, with its service area divided over multiple communities and ...

‘Museum’ curator vs. ‘Me-Me-Me Queen’

Local Columns

Never mind all these political debates on television during this presidential election year.We have husband-and-wife-issue debates in our living room all the time.One of them unfolded the other evening when Better Half started questioning my judgment about accepting a piece of furniture that ...

Getting ready for a lion or a lamb

Local Columns

March will be here on Tuesday. Isn't there something about coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, or vice versa? I remember my mother making a statement such as, "Well, it's windy outside, so if March is coming in like a lion it will be going out like a lamb."Some years it was a warm ...

A look at the world from a different angle

Local Columns

Imagine, just for a moment, that representatives from an other-planetary civilization were to visit the Earth. You don't have to necessarily believe in aliens for this, but just think about it for a minute.What would their first impressions be as they approached out planet, looking down at the ...

Watch the use of ‘preacher speak’

Local Columns

Maybe I'm the only one who has this issue: At times I have been to see one of my doctors, they explain to me, my blood work, MRI or whatever else they have run on me, only to talk to me in what I call "Doctor Speak." I didn't understand what was said, but man did it sound important. Often, the ...

Tightening ethics standards

Editorials

Public corruption is far from a thing of the past in West Virginia. Little by little, however, state legislators are putting new safeguards in place.Among bills to that end approved this year in the House of Delegates is one that would increase requirements that lawmakers and other statewide ...

Get a taste of the world

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Has spring sprung? Not yet! But it is time to put away the snowman and make plans to attend the spring's main event.The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center invites all to attend the eighth-annual Festival Of Nations on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Bring the family, ...

Republicans must stick together

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The May 10 West Virginia primary election is fast approaching.Online, I've been seeing a good number of Republicans, conservatives and general righties expressing the notion that, should Donald Trump ultimately get the nomination, they will not vote for him in the general ...

Obama’s nominee should be approved

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The passing of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia brings the struggle about his replacement between Republicans in the Senate, who remain in the majority, and President Barack Obama's constitutional duty to replace him as soon as possible."One lesson learned from the ...

Maybe I couldn’t survive the apocalypse

Local Columns

I have spent what is probably too much time thinking about post-apocalyptic living.Until recently, I was convinced I would be wonderful at it. There are many reasons I thought I would survive the zombie hordes, including the fact that the Miserable Old Uncle is a dedicated prepper and I could ...

Tobacco increase a mixed bag

Editorials

We were definitely surprised when the West Virginia Senate took up a bill proposing an increase on the state's tobacco tax. That bill passed Tuesday by a 26-6 vote, and now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration.What was more surprising was the Senate's plan to increase the tax by ...

Take on a heart-healthy lifestyle

Editorials

It's American Heart Month and a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle.As Ohio Valley residents, we, unfortunately, are plagued with leading many areas of the country in illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.The grim fact is heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of ...

Consider your ballot carefully

Editorials

In the sports-metaphor world of presidential election punditry, Donald Trump has landed some right crosses but he hasn't knocked anyone out yet. He's played a few great holes, but the tournament isn't won on the first day. He is leading after about 25 laps, but it's a 200-lap race.He has ...

Being prepared for the next recession

Editorials

Probably the last thing the nation's governors want to hear is that a new recession is on the horizon. Yet a panel of economists at the National Governors Association meeting last week concluded that a new recession will occur within the next few years.For many states, that means it is time to ...

Avoid unneeded budget suffering

Editorials

The sky, or at least that part of it over Charleston, is falling, state officials warn in their analysis of proposed state spending cuts.Dealing with a predicted $460 million hole in next year's budget, legislators are seeking input from state agencies on how massive spending cuts would affect ...

Be responsible pet owners

Editorials

It's a proven fact - spaying and neutering are effective, and humane, ways to save the lives of animals. The procedures are one of many important responsibilities that come with owning a dog or cat.So along with providing a safe, warm home, food and water and daily exercise, we ask that animal ...

The message center near the coffee pot

Local Columns

I scribbled the note and put it next to the coffee pot before I left for work.That is the understood overnight communication center in the Kiaski household when I need to convey important information to Better Half first thing in the morning.If I want a message to be seen, I park it next to the ...