Opinion

Annual picnic a community tradition

Editorials

The Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic is taking place Saturday, bringing with it a local tradition that can be traced to generations of Weirton area steelworkers.The picnic, to be held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., once again will draw current and past steelworkers - ...

Who knew what, and when?

Editorials

Republicans in the House of Representatives were correct in asking for another Justice Department probe of Hillary Clinton, this time to see if the former secretary of state lied to Congress.Specifically, she said there were no classified materials among the thousands of e-mails that were sent ...

Jamboree still a summer tradition

Editorials

We're not sure that many of the people who attended the first Jamorbee in the Hills event in 1977 would have ever imagined how the event has grown.From those humble beginnings at Brush Run Park along Airport Road west of St. Clairsville, the annual outdoor music festival has changed many times. ...

VA reform still needed

Editorials

One reason so many bureaucrats get away with murder is that the government so often does nothing more than slap them on the wrists, if even that. The standard excuse is that employment laws prevent any meaningful punishment.After the wait-list scandal erupted at the Department of Veterans ...

Improving W.Va. public education

Editorials

Many West Virginia legislators were probably worn out and frustrated in the extreme after they finally were able to approve a state budget last month. But immediately after doing so, many of them had to stay in Charleston for a round of interim committee meetings.One of them was by the ...

On sleeping with the horses … sort of

Local Columns

I finally put two Christmas presents to use in recent weeks.One of them was riding on an English saddle given to me by "Santa Claus" i.e., my daughter Sarah.I enjoyed finally giving it a test drive or two or three because it's so much lighter to carry and put on a horse than the Western saddle ...

A picture review of the work week

Local Columns

It was an historic, happy and wet Fourth of July weekend.I was on the go from Saturday through Monday taking in a 200th birthday of Bloomingdale, once called Bloomfield, along with its sumptuous picnic and birthday cake; the Adena Fourth of July parade, children's games and chicken barbecue; ...

Is the United States beyond repair?

Local Columns

Two hundred and forty years ago, citizens of 13 British colonies came together with a common purpose, fought back against their ancestral homeland and eventually created their own nation.It was not an easy journey, certainly not the romanticized version many of us have grown up hearing. Those ...

Stand united to get through the storm

Local Columns

Acts 27:29 "Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon the rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day."Life's storms can come from anywhere. Their hurricane-like winds can be sustained for hours, days, weeks, and months. Their powerful and tortuous waves can dance ...

Continuing our exploration

Editorials

Jupiter has held man's attention since the gas giant was first seen in a telescope.With its menacing size and its orbiting suite of moons, Jupiter looks for all the world like an undeveloped star and solar system.That's what makes the Independence Day insertion into a successful orbit of the ...

A proud Weir High grad

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Among the hills of West Virginia, a gathering of alumni celebrated 100 years of Weir High School this past weekend.Driving the country roads reminded me of the place I belong Weir High reunion.All my memories gathered round the planned activities, such as meeting fellow classmates ...

Let’s look at homesteading

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,MarketWatch featured an article just before the close of the New York Stock Exchange on June 28 about climate change, offering investors the winners and losers as predicted by a couple of egg-head types.The view is that polar ice caps have begun to melt, causing sea levels to have ...

There’s not much good about Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,The primary election for the Republicans to select a presidential candidate brought about an unusual candidate who mocked everyone who challenged his narcissistic personality.Donald Trump emerged as the nominee. He steps up to the podium and rants the same tune, "We are going to ...

Careless, negligent, liar

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent" - Thomas Jefferson.The definition of a tyrant is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution. Sounds familiar, Obama and Clinton!What we saw this past week from the DOJ and the FBI ...

Inductees for the hall of shame

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,This letter is dedicated to all those politicians and health workers who have never made it to the hall of fame. They spent countless days and hours studying the impact on the county and cities who look forward to the tax money they generate, but decided they would institute a no ...

Negotiating over the magical bread

Local Columns

I don't know how the children and I fell into the habit of calling tsoureki "magic bread," but I think that anyone would admit it is at least a little bit magical after tasting it.We only get it a few times a year - during the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos' Easter bake sale and, ...

Getting healthy in West Virginia

Editorials

Smoking, obesity, poverty, inactivity, poor access to quality health insurance and a high rate of premature deaths make Beckley the unhealthiest city in the country, according to 24/7 Wall Street. As most will guess, those factors are shared across West Virginia, which means, there were three ...

Follansbee set to celebrate community

Editorials

One of the Northern Panhandle's - and the Tri-State Area's - most-anticipated yearly events will take place this weekend when the annual Follansbee Community Days celebration is held.The three-day event, which opens today, is being held in the area next to the Follansbee Community House, which ...

The return of slick

Editorials

The name Clinton used to call to mind the epithet "Slick Willy," aimed at Hillary Clinton's husband, against whom anything and everything just didn't seem to stick, politically, ethically or criminally.Now, perhaps, the title of "Slick" needs to apply to the current presumptive Democrat ...

We’ll all be Greek this week

Editorials

For 29 years, the members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church have shared their faith, heritage and traditions with the rest of the Weirton community, as well as residents throughout the Tri-State Area, through their annual festival.That tradition continues 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, ...