Opinion

It’s time to run for office

Editorials

In order for our system of government to work, we need our residents to actively participate. That requires people to get out and vote, but it also means we need individuals interested in holding public office and willing to seek election. Some of our local communities are offering such an ...

Refine, don’t repeal grading system

Editorials

West Virginia’s new A-F system for grading public school performance is disliked virtually universally by educators. Many would love to see it go away. In truth, the program has many flaws. Assigning grades based on a bell-curve system may be justifiable by statisticians, but it makes no ...

Remember those who pay taxes

Editorials

Some West Virginia legislators seem to have decided already that they have no option but to increase taxes if they are to balance the state budget. But the very revenue reports they point to in support of that contention are evidence West Virginians are struggling, many of them more than ...

Keeping an eye on Congressional ethics

Editorials

In an era when the population has shown its ability to foist its discontent on political leadership, regardless of how actions match words, the word “ethics” might seem a lost piece of terminology. Except it shouldn’t be. And that's why the about-face on what to do with the Office of ...

An ordinary, unordinary New Year’s Eve

Local Columns

In some ways, New Year’s Eve was like any other day of the year, but in other ways it wasn’t. It was an ordinary day, on the one hand, in that Better Half and I ran errands, something we take almost to the hobby level. On our list of things to do that Saturday that brought 2016 to a ...

The importance of shopping local

Local Columns

Communities up and down the Ohio Valley received bad news in recent weeks with the announcement of several department stores closing. Kmart is closing sites in Weirton and St. Clairsville, while Macy’s will be shutting down operations in Steubenville, Washington and Monaca. In all cases, ...

Here we go, Steelers!

Editorials

It's a playoff Sunday in Pittsburgh. That means gourmet tailgating, lots of extra traffic (the Penguins have a home game during late afternoon, with fans coming in about the time the Steelers will be wrapping up at the stadium), and, of course, the impact that the playoffs have on the ...

A ‘how to’ for the nation’s future

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, If I were writing a book on what ails our country and how to fix it, these would be the chapter titles: 1. Workfare not welfare 2. Initiative not dependency 3. Balanced trade not free trade 4. Cost containment not universal access 5. National defense not world ...

There’s nothing like a good auction

Local Columns

Since I love auctions, being an invited guest at the Mingo Lions Club Christmas party was a great joy. I think that William Johns, who served as the auctioneer, with the help of Bill Snyder, president, for the white elephant gifts brought to the Mingo Lions Club Christmas party was getting ...

The baptism of our Lord

Local Columns

We have a question, or maybe I should say, a problem. Why was Jesus baptized? We talk about several things happening during baptism, so I think we need to look at what we say happens to us first. We talk about how we receive forgiveness of sin in baptism. Well Jesus didn't have any sin to be ...

Bernie’s Kids continues to help

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It is with both great joy and a hint of sadness that I share that Bernie's Kids was able to provide for nearly 200 children this year, which marked a 30 percent increase over 2015. This is significant for many reasons. While the population of Brooke County continues to ...

Lives turned upside down

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I wanted to convey my thoughts about what happens when a person dies without a will and lives with a significant other. They fall in love and move in together, never thinking about dying. They don't make out wills, living wills, powers of attorney or purchase life insurance. ...

Questions about global warming

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In the book "1984," Winston Smith points out that if the ruling government tells its citizens that if two plus two does not equal four, then does it make it so? President-elect Donald Trump is creating an enemies list of scientists of those doing research on global ...

The serious business of gift giving

Local Columns

I take gifts very seriously. Not for me — I just want socks and alcohol — but for other people. I should retire from the newspaper business and shop for busy people. I don’t want to do boring grocery and clothing shopping — I love finding great gifts that are unusual and reflect ...

Keep up the fight in Follansbee

Editorials

On July 30, parts of downtown Follansbee were left under water after heavy rains and a debris-laden stream bed resulted in Allegheny Creek overflowing its banks into the city streets and local homes and businesses. Residents from throughout the Ohio Valley came out to help, both during and ...

Better protect our natural, historic treasures

Editorials

It is relatively easy for presidents and members of Congress to set aside naturally and/or historically significant lands in the West for federal protection. On his way out of the White House, President Barack Obama has done just that. He has designated two new national monuments, one ...

Cut regulatory burden in W.Va.

Editorials

Promises made during political campaigns often are forgotten within days after elections occur. And pledges made by losing candidates are, by definition, of no value. West Virginia legislators should put a proposal by state Senate President Bill Cole on their front burner, however, even ...

Keep politics out of the budget

Editorials

Within the next few days, Gov.-elect Jim Justice and West Virginia legislators will get a better idea of the depth of the budget hole they must find a way to fill in. That will happen when the Department of Revenue crunches the numbers showing how much the state collected in December. By the ...

Hoping for more leadership in 2017

Editorials

There are some new faces in local and state government offices, in addition to the big changes in Washington that have set the nation to fighting with one another. We can only call for some local and regional calm as we begin 2017 and hope for the best from all our municipal, county and state ...

Take the time to be tested

Editorials

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2017. It's Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...