Opinion

Of snow, Valentines and clotheslines

Local Columns

It was a better day than expected for Valentine's Day. I think most of us were expecting more heavy snow or something in the way of freezing rain, but it was sunny, although cold as the inside of an icicle if you stood outside for a short time.Churches in Smithfield were canceled for their ...

Working together to combat substance abuse

Local Columns

Substance abuse is one of the greatest struggles our state has ever faced, and it is destroying the lives of far too many of our family members, friends and neighbors.As we continue our efforts to improve our workforce participation rate and strengthen our economy, we must keep our residents ...

A lifetime of victorious celebrations!

Local Columns

For NASCAR fans, today is the biggest race of the year! It's the running of the Daytona 500 and the start of the new NASCAR season. This marks a day of parties and celebrations! At this point we do not know the outcome of the big race, but there will be victorious celebrations taking ...

If we build — and support — it, they will come

Local Columns

It's a long road to see any kind of change in a community, especially one which relied so heavily on one particular group or business for much of its history.All too often, I hear about the negative aspects of our area. People complain that little is being done to rejuvenate the Ohio Valley. ...

A judicial deadlock

Editorials

There is nothing unusual, nor unconstitutional, about what's going on regarding choosing a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.It's election-year gridlock politics that denigrates the men and women who have served on the nation's high court since the nation's ...

What’s in the GOP’s water?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Charleston, the capital. What's in their drinking water? Is the chemical spill into the Elk River still have serious effects?Let's examine some of the bills passed and proposed by the Legislature.The West Virginia Senate OKs the raw milk bill. No need going into the danger of ...

A little bit won’t hurt

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,My son called recently, grousing about a hospital he worked at that was admitting patients to the emergency room for testing that could have been done as a scheduled outpatient. His beef was the tests needed interpreted immediately, as opposed to in their turn. He suggested the ...

March Madness is coming

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,OK, college basketball playoffs are just right around the corner.Numerous teams across the country are paired up with each other. Some teams have never played each other. Then there are teams who have a rivalry.But in the playoffs, and in the month of March, anything can happen. ...

There is no yogurt conspiracy

Local Columns

I've written columns my parents haven't been enthusastic about. Maybe hated is a better word? Loathed entirely?Grampy Grumpy gets annoyed whenever I suggest I'm worried about them becoming old people popsicles alongside the road on one of their many winter road trips. I'm not worried about his ...

Continue to live united

Editorials

The United Way is a cornerstone of many of our communities, with chapters up and down the Ohio River Valley. They and their volunteers often find themselves working year-round, planning and implementing fundraisers, asking for donations and seeking those interested in lending a hand as they ...

Apple on wrong side

Editorials

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, certainly is welcome to argue that Apple shouldn't help put together an investigation to find out why a couple of people, one of whom was using a government-provided iPhone, decided to shoot up a workplace in San Bernardino, Calif. In America, we have room for such ...

Rotary gala to help Christian center

Editorials

February means one thing for the members of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights. It's Mardi Gras time!The club's annual fundraiser gala is set for this Saturday at Williams Golf and Country Club, and there is still time to get your tickets.The Mardi Gras Gala, while a great evening, is much more ...

Spring is fast approaching

Editorials

While the weather our area has been experiencing during the past few weeks might lead you to believe otherwise, you can rest assured that spring is much closer than you might think.If you have any doubts, you need only look to Florida and Arizona for the most time-honored sign that the weather ...

Be heart healthy

Editorials

Those planning to take part in Thursday's annual Heartland event at the Fort Steuben Mall should expect a large crowd.The event that features the Community Blood Analysis testing is always popular.Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, area residents can have blood drawn for the CBA test, at a cost of ...

The system can still work

Editorials

One of the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to disagree with our politicians. If you need a reminder, all you have to do is ask the last two men who have served as our president, Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.And, while your perception of whoever the current ...

Enough of that Valentine’s Day stuff

Local Columns

Better Half threatened me in recent days.He had looked at the month of February, keenly aware that "the day" was nearing.Translated, that's Valentine's Day, which is today just in case you're not a keeper of the calendar."I'm not getting you anything so don't get me anything," he half ...

Of Valentines, games and winters

Local Columns

Doesn't the thought of this being Valentine's Day make you feel just a bit happier? With a little song in your heart? It's a day when nothing more is expected of you than to give a bit of happines with a smile or a telephone call to friends and a Valentine or a thoughtful gift to a sweetheart ...

It’s getting close to budget time in government

Local Columns

In West Virginia, municipalities have until the end of March to prepare and submit their budgets to the state.That means several of our local cities, towns and villages will be working to review their financial status in the coming weeks as they prepare for the next fiscal year.In Weirton, for ...

Find the spirit of unity for our nation

Local Columns

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)We walk in peace to keep us bound together united in Christ. Jesus broke down all the barriers between man, who are we to rebuild them? Race, gender, nationality, financial circumstance, it is all done ...

Solving teacher shortage problem

Editorials

Students in Mountain State public schools deserve the best teachers taxpayers can afford. Many probably are not getting them.Nearly 600 teaching positions in public schools are held by educators not fully certified for their specialties, state school Superintendent Michael Martirano reported ...