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Opinion

Getting tests right in West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginia public education officials have taken a giant step forward in deciding to use the SAT college entrance test for all Mountain State juniors. Many more steps remain before the valuable standardized testing system we need for public schools is in place, however. Each and every one ...

Challenge: One day, no complaining

Local Columns

It seemed not entirely impossible, a challenge worthy of accepting and attempting, something that could be so lovely and uplifting and all. A good and timely lesson for us all. And then Better Half weighed in on the Sunday school/small group gathering assignment called “fun work,” not ...

Events connect us with the past

Local Columns

The Ohio Valley is home to a variety of home-grown fairs, festival and activities. They provide a special connection to those of us who live here, and those who once called the area home. Plans have begun to add one more event to that list, and I would encourage everyone interested in putting ...

Build upon what works

Editorials

A meeting of local officials with Bryce Custer of North Canton-based Ohio River Corridor LLC emphasized something that has to happen: Steubenville needs to do a better job of promoting itself and the good things that are happening that could lay the groundwork for an economic ...

The main question

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On July 1, 2016, the Hancock County Commissioners allowed an existing contract with a nonprofit that had been operating the county animal shelter for over 20 years to expire. The commission assumed shelter operations promising to "run the shelter even better." Even though ...

Make the decison to follow Jesus

Local Columns

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Historic step for W.Va. education employees

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Back in 1990, West Virginia made historic steps by participating in the first statewide teacher strike that lasted for 11 days. Here we are, 28 years later, and the state made history again by staging a work stoppage for all education employees. You read about school districts ...

Taking the action needed to protect our kids

Local Columns

Sadly, it seems like every day we hear of a new report of children or young adults being abused by trusted coaches or trafficked online. Every child deserves to grow up in a caring, nurturing environment that protects them from those who wish to do them harm, and I am working hard with my ...

West Virginia sues DEA, reforms national drug policy

Local Columns

Every aspect of the pharmaceutical supply chain bears responsibility for the havoc and senseless death unleashed upon West Virginia — and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is no exception. The DEA — the agency tasked with effectively limiting how many opioid pain pills can be ...

Provide input for the future

Editorials

Area residents, business owners and others interested are encouraged to attend a town hall event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the future of Weirton. The town hall will be held in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center and is part of the continuing work to update the city's ...

Make the decision to be obedient to God

Local Columns

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. Every day we make countless decisions. Some require little to no thought. We automatically go to different places at different times with little to no regard to making this decision. Other times we agonize over what decision we ...

Easter lilies symbolize the resurrection hope

Local Columns

Most authorities agree that a missionary, Mr. Roberts, first introduced the lovely Bermuda Easter lily, which so many of us enjoy today. Many of the Easter lilies which symbolize the Resurrection in churches everywhere are Bermuda lilies. Thousands and thousands of lily bulbs and stems are ...

Community wins in annual battle

Editorials

The students of St. Paul School in Weirton may have come out on top for this year's Battle of the Saints, but the real winners in this annual competition are the Community Bread Basket and the Weirton community. This is the third year for the "battle." The Battle of the Saints is held every ...

Getting answers on state vehicles

Editorials

Finally, West Virginia legislators have made it clear they are fed up with one aspect of pure sloppiness in state government. They should have done it years ago. During the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that will create a statewide fleet management office ...

Emphasize ways to help addicts

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

War against drugs isn’t slowing down

Editorials

Just when it seemed West Virginians might be on the road to recovery from the substance abuse epidemic, a new villain changed the rules of the contest. It is fentanyl. During 2016, drug overdoses claimed 884 lives in our state. During the first 11 months of last year, overdoses were fatal 872 ...

High schools to light up the stage

Editorials

Ohio Valley high school and junior high students have been busy this winter preparing to showcase their talents in a variety of musicals. And area auditoriums will continue to be filled in the coming weeks, offering a great opportunity for relatives, friends and even area residents to support ...

People my age are getting up there

Local Columns

The mail brought notices prompting a you’re-kidding-me kind of reaction from yours truly. You know how it goes when you’re thumbing through the mail — bills; junk stuff; flyers; money-please appeals; and an occasional honest-to-goodness card from a human being. Then something stands ...

Celebrating our cultural heritage

Local Columns

The Ohio Valley, like much of the United States, is a melting pot of cultures, with residents representing a variety of nationalities through their ancestry. We take pride in that heritage, often passing down the lessons taught from our parents and grandparents to the next generations, ...

Tariffs become double-edged sword for industry

Editorials

There was a time not so long ago that the word about steel tariffs being enacted by the president would have brought a whoop of joy up and down the Ohio River valley. That was a decade or more ago, when there were still furnaces cranking out molten steel, casting them into slabs and rolling ...