Opinion

EPA undeterred by court rulings

Editorials

Let us hope there remains enough fidelity to the Constitution among U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials that a federal judge’s order on Monday means something to them. Unfortunately, recent history suggests that may be an unrealistic thought. West Virginians, Ohioans and millions ...

Allegations against Clinton have truth

Editorials

Hillary Clinton’s primary defense against allegations of wrongdoing raised by the recent release of emails involving her and Democrat Party officials has been to note there is no way to determine whether the information released by WikiLeaks is accurate. Some of it may have been faked in an ...

Morrisey defends West Virginia

Editorials

We West Virginians are no strangers to the mud-slinging brand of politics. That is no reason for us to be suckers for a candidate whose campaign is hip-deep in the slimy strategy. For years, the Mountain State endured an attorney general, Darrell McGraw, who did little for us. His attention ...

Cole will bring progress to West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginians cannot afford, quite literally, to make a mistake in electing our next governor. We need Bill Cole in the office to lead the change that is imperative for our state. For decades, West Virginia’s natural resources, along with hard-working, skilled men and women who mined ...

What I said but what I really meant

Lifestyles

My sister who lives in the Columbus area is gainfully employed as a translater. She is fluent in Spanish, having studied it in college and abroad at the University of Valencia. And it further flourished thanks to being married the past 48 years to a Spaniard. They talk to each other in ...

Reading is more than fundamental

Local Columns

Growing up, my school held several programs to promote reading. Whether it was Reading Is Fundamental, book fairs or even classroom competitions, we were encouraged to find books we might enjoy and read them, learning about ourselves and the world, and expanding our imaginations. Many of ...

Help all miners retain pensions

Editorials

Congress should be helping retired coal miners and their families whose pension benefits are in jeopardy. All of them. A bill that would help former miners covered under a United Mine Workers of America retirement agreement with coal operators has been stalled on Capitol Hill for months. ...

Election shows what’s wrong with America

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In September, I asked readers the question: How sad is our country and our government? The answer is now right before our eyes. We have an upcoming election that no one has ever seen before. Out of 300 million people we get to choose either a political establishment liar or ...

Special folder produces special topics

Lifestyles

I have a folder in the back of my file drawer on 4-H clubs, Smithfield Council, Gen. George Custer, Clark Gable, Jefferson and Harrison county fairs and many others. But a file that was the most useful for me to write about in this “all-words” column was titled “Future Column ...

It’s just a little stain on your soul

Local Columns

The Lord asked Israel the following question through Jeremiah in chapter two verse five: "What injustice did your fathers find in me, that they went far from me and walked after emptiness and became empty?" Jehovah then adds this observation in verse 11, about a nation in the midst of ...

Weld will help fight drug problem

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Without an answer to the drug problem our area is facing, there is no hope for better jobs. Currently, West Virginia has the highest heroin and opioid drug overdose rate in the nation. Our people's drug addiction issue is one of the most significant factors that has led to ...

Do they not care?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Not that it matters a bit what I think, of course, but I have become somewhat disenchanted in recent months with many of the Bernie Sanders supporters; people I respected, even though we disagreed. After months of scathing disdain and open dislike for Hillary Clinton ...

Breast cancer awareness walk a success

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On behalf of the Hancock County Health Department staff and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, I would like to thank all walkers and sponsors for making The Walk for Women…Take a Step Against Breast Cancer Awareness walk a success! Our ...

Johnnie’s Florist back in business

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, My name is Lynn Sperlazza. I am the owner of Johnnie's Florist on Main Street in Follansbee. This letter is to thank all the wonderful friends, family and volunteers that helped with the recent flood in Follansbee. Thank you also to those who gave supplies and ...

Which is worse?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The primordial beast of carnality and lust strikes early and often at practically all males of species Homo sapiens. Few are exempt. The beast never lets up. Richness of source material abounds — the most convenient outlet takes the form of ribald humor that is oft-times ...

What is the commission hiding?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The following is a quote from the W.Va. Freedom of Information Act (WV FOIA). "The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know." Below are recent WV FOIA ...

TNR program not the answer

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At the Oct. 6 Hancock County commission meeting, a woman speaking in support of the animal shelter foundation mentioned me personally during her remarks. She spoke of me as the shelter's neighbor farmer who "blasted a thousand doves out of the sky." I should have been ...

Hockey season has finally returned

Local Columns

Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Happy times are here again! The Team That Shall Not Be Named has taken the ice again, dropping the puck, but also! — they raised the Stanley Cup banner. In front of the Capitals. The Capitals have many banners, but they don’t have ...

Take precautions to prevent fires

Editorials

A quick response is how everyone should respond to a fire. And a quick response is why people make it out of homes during a fire —mainly thanks to smoke alarms. This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the National Fire Protection Agency for the third year in a row is recognizing the ...

A sorry state of affairs

Editorials

The tendency of Americans in the social media era to perform public shaming acts has surfaced heavily in the presidential campaign, and we’re wondering who could be held to a standard based on everything they’ve ever done being perfect and acceptable. Bill Clinton in Campaign 1992 ...