Opinion

Coordinated efforts are needed

Local Columns

There are numerous efforts under way in our region to help provide some growth and improvement in our communities.Some are more visible, with current construction taking place. Others are highly publicized, with people talking about the number of jobs to be created, the type of work and the ...

Lawmakers need to step up on drug issue

Local Columns

Over the past several decades, the incidence of overdose deaths has continued to rise. West Virginia now has an epidemic of drug related deaths. Over the years, I have attempted to utilize the only tool I have available to attempt to make the persons responsible for the delivery of the ...

Cultivating a spiritual garden

Local Columns

What a rollercoaster ride we have endured with changing temperatures. But, we have been blessed with warmer temperatures the last couple of days. Warmer weather means people will be planting seeds and growing beautiful flowers and gardens. Have you given any thought about planting spiritual ...

Congratulations young leaders

Editorials

This year's class of the Youth Leadership Weirton program completed their journey of learning Thursday after several months focused on lessons of teamwork, ethics, goal-setting, self-reflection and a few business basics.The program, in its 18th year, is offered through the auspices of the ...

My children have a better social life than I do

Local Columns

All my free time is invested in my children's social lives, and I have none of my own. What is even more sad is I've only just now realized this. My children go to more parties, on more trips and to more places than I ever have, even as a teenager. I'm not even going, but I'm paying for it. ...

EPA in need of own cleanup

Editorials

When the tables are turned, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not respond well to reports that conclude it does a worse job of keeping its own house in order than many of the companies it persecutes.A report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General - charged with receiving and ...

Store closing a sign of the times

Editorials

When word came that Sears would be closing its Steubenville store, there was the usual waxing nostalgic about shopping there.People remember when it was downtown. They remember when it moved to Third Street, where Voto Manufacturing Sales is located now. They remember shopping at its shiny new ...

Be safe this prom season

Editorials

Preparations have long been under way for this year's proms, as area high schoolers are anticipating a truly memorable evening.We hope each and every student has a magical night of friends and fun to long remember, as they don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, hotel ...

Picking ourselves up by the bootstraps

Editorials

Project Bootstraps began several years ago as an effort to support local entrepreneurs to become startup small business people.It continues today as a project led by the Franciscan University of Steubenville business school students, still seeking to foster the area to grow its economy through ...

Young orator example of area’s best and brightest

Editorials

One local youth truly has a way with words.Chad Durante of Follansbee, a Madonna High School freshman, has earned the distinction of being named West Virginia's American Legion's Oratorical Contest winner, and he'll go on to compete in the national oratorical contest this weekend in ...

Budget sacrifices should be shared

Editorials

West Virginia's state government budget crisis is so severe - estimated as high as $466 million at one point - that it is virtually certain sacrifice to resolve it will have to be widespread. Some taxes may have to go up. Some programs such as state aid to local schools and Promise Scholarships ...

Of flowers and forecasts and running

Local Columns

I'd never heard this forsythia and forecast theory before.But what older sisters tell you, you're inclined to give some credence to, I know from past experience.Last weekend - Saturday, April the second, to be specific - my sister Cathy and I did our annual spring long run. We always try to get ...

Back from Myrtle and on with news

Local Columns

Where 'ere you may wander, there's no place like home. I heard that in a song long ago and thought they were saying "where air" you may wander until my dad explained what it was. It still didn't make any sense when he said it meant "before or formerly." Why didn't the song just say "where you ...

It all starts with a little acceptance

Local Columns

I've been reading a lot of commentary in recent months about protests and petitions on college campuses across the nation.Many are the result of guest speakers being invited, even though a particular group feels that person's message might be counter to their own.On a few occasions, it has even ...

Complete the FAFSA, pay for college

Local Columns

Earning a skillset certificate or college diploma is one of the most promising pathways to a bright and prosperous future for our state and our students. Research shows that graduating from college is one of the best chances students today have to get a stable, good-paying job to support ...

Give schools more flexibility

Editorials

Students in West Virginia public schools should receive the equivalent of 180 days of instruction each year. But that may not require 180 separate days.State law requires 180 instructional days. A bill approved by legislators earlier this year would have had the effect of breaking that time ...

Editor’s note: Election Letters

Letters to the Editor

(Editor's note: The final date for letters to the editor concerning West Virginia's May 10 primary election will be May 1. As such, any letters concerning candidates or issues in the election must be received no later than noon April 28 in order to be published.)

Trump is not the leader we need

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Wow! Where are we going? What are we becoming? The examples shown our youngsters are unacceptable.TV news, advertisements and even movies rated A-OK have a lot to be desired.Talk about bad mannerisms, just watch the presidential debates.Donald Trump stops at nothing, he seems to ...

A.I.M. thanks all who helped

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,On March 15, the A.I.M. Women's Center held its annual fundraising banquet at the Serbian-American Cultural Center. The banquet, "Do Everything in Love," featured speaker Kristan Hawkins.Many thanks to Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville for our invocation; ...