Opinion

Troop deployment isn’t the answer

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Troops on the ground.Sorry folks, 30,000 troops on the ground will result in thousands of more casualties and will not eradicate terrorism.One person can frighten a nation. Two are uncontrolable.Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, destroyed a building, killing 160 men, ...

‘Star Wars’ helps to earn Mom points

Local Columns

The Little Professor is a big fan of the "Star Wars" movies.I am not.I don't remember when I first watched the original trilogy; probably on cable. (I am not old enough to have seen them in theaters, thank you very much.) I was familiar with them, but they didn't make as much of an impression ...

Mines must be managed safely

Editorials

What ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said Wednesday, after being sentenced to a year in prison for his part in an explosion that killed 29 coal miners was a disturbing wake-up call concerning mine safety.A federal judge handed down the maximum prison sentence and the highest fine in her ...

Much uncertainty ahead in election

Editorials

The victory by Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin's Republican primary election Tuesday proved a couple of things.First, Donald Trump, even this far along into his scorched-earth, say anything that seems to appeal to the masses campaign, cannot be considered invincible. There was desperation in ...

Honor the brave of Bataan

Editorials

Seventy-four years ago, following the months-long Battle of Bataan during World War II, tens of thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to march approximately 65 miles from Mariveles, Bataan to San Ferando, Pampanga, then loaded into a box train and taken to Camp ...

Municipal clean up a valuable service

Editorials

There have been more concerted efforts in the Ohio Valley in recent years to cut back on the amount of garbage and other debris littering our communities.From roadside cleanups to the elimination of illegal dumping sites, many cities have been ramping up their efforts, along with support from ...

Don’t cut drug abuse programs

Editorials

As West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin work to balance the state budget, the list of line items open to spending cuts needs to be nearly unlimited.Nearly, but not quite entirely. Some state programs are essential - and anything related to battling drug abuse is included.Last ...

Mother Angelica inspired many

Editorials

A familiar voice and face to the hearts and souls of Catholics and those with questions about the Catholic faith worldwide passed from this world, perhaps fittingly, on Easter Sunday.Mother Angelica, a nun from Canton who turned a shoestring operation that originally worked out of a garage in ...

Of thought questions and who are you

Local Columns

Believe it or not, I hate filling out forms or doing resumes where you have to write about yourself, mainly because who you are doesn't always necessarily translate well onto paper.Now I know that probably sounds a little bit odd, given I have a weekly column space here that I fill from Sunday ...

Stroll down Smithfield memory lane

Local Columns

There is a billboard coming down Sunset Boulevard that tells us that we should "love where we live." I say a big yahoo to that.I have lived a hop, skip and a jump from the village limits of Smithfield all my life and have loved every walking mile of it.When I became part of the McHugh home, ...

Adults need to set a better example

Local Columns

About this time last week, I was standing in the outfield of the Edwin J. Bowman ballfield in Weirton watching around 400 local youth, and their parents, run around gathering plastic Easter eggs.Even dividing the group into three age groups, the crowds were large, running to and fro picking up ...

Our commitment will overcome our limitations

Local Columns

As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death.As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.Ecclesiastes 8:8We all have limitations. I use my limitations to a great extent in self-deprecating ...

Take me out to the ballgame

Editorials

Today is one of those rare times when all things seem to be possible.It's opening day for Major League Baseball.That means fans of all 30 teams are looking ahead to the long schedule and are sure that, with the right break here or there, their team will have the chance to contend for spot in ...

Editor’s note: Election Letters

Letters to the Editor

(Editor's note: The final date for letters to the editor concerning West Virginia's May 10 primary election will be May 1. As such, any letters concerning candidates or issues in the election must be received no later than noon April 28 in order to be published.)

Don’t vote in anger

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,If you've been watching the race for president and you still haven't gotten ill, give it time. It will come. Most of us have been through many presidential elections, and I can honestly say I have never imagined a well-educated potential president of the United States, and the ...

Student looks to learn about West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of West Virginia as I work on my report.Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from ...

Moose lodge’s gesture applauded

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Just a note to express my gratitude to the officers of Weirton Moose Lodge No. 688 for purchasing body armor protection for the Weirton Police K-9 dogs.I'm sure the police department, and subsequent K-9 handlers, appreciate the generous body armor vests, and they will be used in ...

Legislature’s actions will help West Virginia

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,"Stand up for Steel."These are words that still resonate to me from the late nineties, when thousands of hard working steelworkers traveled to Washington, D.C. to rally against foreign steel dumping and fight to save the industry that built many American communities.I was ...

TV writers missed an opportunity

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,I love "Modern Family."The writing is crisp and biting, the characters well-defined and the comedy often spot-on in its commentary on the maddeningly-complex relationships of marriage and family.A recent episode, though, had the chance to make a broader social statement, and, ...

Trouble with memory and letting go

Local Columns

My father, Grampy Grumpy, has accused me of slander. I refute this, because the truth is the best defense and, also, you can't slander someone in print. It's libel.Certain family members are giving Grampy grief. A reminder: I've known you my entire life. I have changed some of your diapers. I ...