Opinion

Election spurred voters

Editorials

No matter what your opinion may be of the results of this year's election, the one thing on which we can agree is it got voters to the polls. In an election when many of our elected officials continued to move to the right, the number of those participating also moved, jumping from the 30 to ...

Cohen’s death leaves a huge void

Local Columns

This week I review three releases, including Sony’s releases on the late Leonard Cohen’s new album, a Dylan release and David Bowie retrospective. ¯ Leonard Cohen — “You Want it Darker” The great Leonard Cohen died earlier this week, and the world surely is the worse for ...

Commit to quit smoking

Editorials

Thursday is a good day to stop smoking. It’s the annual Great American Smokeout — marked on the third Thursday in November — when smokers make the commitment to stop smoking for the day. It’s a great first step to stopping an extremely bad habit that could lead to dire ...

Hoping for success

Editorials

Hiring government consultants often can be a controversial move in our communities, especially when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars on projects residents might not always feel are necessary. On too many occasions, money is spent to bring outside organizations into the area, only for ...

BDC has potential for Follansbee

Editorials

We would encourage the city of Follansbee to do what it can afford to join the supporters of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle. With the BDC’s recently completed purchase of the former Follansbee Steel site, Follansbee can look toward a future with re-use of the ...

On being ‘almost’ this age or that age

Local Columns

Whenever I go to events on behalf of the newspaper and take photos of families with their children, I usually ask how old the kids are. I’m bad at guessing these things, so I need to ask, being a generally curious kind of person. Sometimes the kids will volunteer the information with ...

Let’s get the civility back in politics

Local Columns

The election is over. We have the next two months to get used to the idea that Donald Trump will be our nation’s next president. I’ll admit, I’m not thrilled. Then again, I really wasn’t thrilled with either of our major party choices, and the fact West Virginia’s Electoral ...

The nation’s future is up to all of us

Editorials

The national media missed the Trump phenomenon much like the British media missed the Brexit phenomenon. What it all proves is that wall-to-wall coverage can miss the obvious if it's only focused on a preferred ending. Anyone who took the time to attend a rally or truly listen to the fervor ...

Commission costing taxpayers with shelter

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Last summer, the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation offered to continue operating the County Animal Shelter for the fiscal year beginning July 2016 for $188,000 which equals $47,000 per quarter. The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation, a nonprofit, had operated ...

Special 4-H awards for special people

Local Columns

It’s exciting to see the presentations at the Jefferson County 4-H Adviser Banquet, to learn who will be awarded the Head, Heart, Hands and Health awards from the many adults who have worked to promote the youth organization during 2016; to see what 4-H’er sent the most club meeting ...

Making a meaningful difference

Local Columns

Each year, this is a time to count our blessings and reflect on our appreciation of those who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom here in West Virginia and across the nation. Veterans Day is an important moment to honor, with solemn gratitude, the men and women who put their lives ...

Weir cheerleaders off to states

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Congratulations to the Weir High cheerleaders on their first-place finish in the WVSSAC Region One, Class Class AA cheering competition held Nov. 5 at Wheeling Park High School. The Weir High cheering squad competed against nine other teams comprising Region One and was ...

Our success will not be greater than our commitment

Local Columns

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:8-9) In Seoul, South Korea, when the day is ...

Some post-election thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Now that the election is over, the candidates need to do something about all the political signs that have sprouted up all over the place. No matter how you did, you (or your committee) need to remove these signs. Another thought occurred to me regarding the results of the ...

Thanksgiving memories

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Pass the drumstick ... to those born too late to recall the Thanksgiving snowstorm of 1950 in which 36.3 inches fell in Steubenville and throughout the Ohio Valley. With the nasty election behind us, it's time to focus on family, as we look forward to the tradtional turkey ...

Helping the poor at Thanksgiving and beyond

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, While much has been made over the past eighteen months concerning what the government can do for us, we must realize that true help for those in need comes at the local level. The Bible clearly teaches us in James 2:14-18, "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says ...

Worrying about parents and sandwiches

Local Columns

My parents recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas, and, of course, I was worried about them the entire time they were gone. Well, whenever I thought about them, anyway. Whenever my parents fly, I worry. They can’t be offended — at least my mother can’t — because she lost her mind ...

Have patience with Pennsylvania Avenue work

Editorials

There still are only a few answers as to the condition of an area of Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton following a land subsidence in recent weeks. The one certain piece of information is that it will be some time before any solution is determined and work can begin. City officials, in fact, ...

Remember and honor our veterans

Editorials

They come from all walks of life and all races. They practice different faiths and are representative of all segments of our society, but they all share a common trait — they all have been willing to stand tall and fight to preserve the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, knowing that ...

Waste no time in removing signs

Editorials

Let us hope the energy displayed by candidates for office and their supporters in placing the thousands of campaign signs that litter our area is matched by their speed in removing them. It has been impossible for weeks to travel anywhere without having one’s eyes assaulted by placards ...