Opinion

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 ...

Football team can be great for area

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,In regards to the semi-pro football article on Tuesday, February 9. I was a bit intrigued to hear that Hancock County has an opportunity to be home to a semi pro football team.Being a former member of the West Virginia Wham semi-pro team, I understand the personal and social ...

Empty promises

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Going on three weeks and waiting!What's wrong with our town? I notified the police department & cable company about a 10 foot cable hanging down on Marland Heights, and I got a, "Yeah, we know about it."Are you serious? If a big truck would happen to come on the hill, it ...

Politicians are ruthless people

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,Political behavior is found from your local bridge club, to the local fire and police departments, all the way up to the national level. The tools of politics are ridicule, mockery, disparagement, rumors, distortions, exaggerations, insinuations, false accusations, half-truths and ...

A nick-of-time birthday gift save

Local Columns

All the Heathenish wanted for his birthday was a particular video game. He tempers his wish lists, so I wanted to make sure he got it."Are we going to go and buy it?" My Little Professor asked."Not today," I said."Why not? We don't have plans for today."This was one of those glorious, rare days ...

Can a compromise be found?

Editorials

While there are those holding on to the hope that the nation will wake up from an outsider's dream election, the New Hampshire vote totals Tuesday did nothing to shore up the thought.Donald Trump, the businessman with a mouth that goes beyond political incorrectness, continued to show he's ...

Enact drug testing program

Editorials

The need to fight drug abuse with every weapon we have in West Virginia has become so clear that on Tuesday, a bill that once was very controversial passed the state Senate by a 32-2 vote. Members of the House of Delegates should follow suit.Requiring recipients of public assistance to be ...

The world needs to pay attention

Editorials

At some point, the international laughingstock might just become a serious threat, and the world needs to start paying attention.For far too long, North Korea has been able to make threats about its capabilities and for far too long analysts in the West have given token notice or outright ...

Use funds wisely to fight disease

Editorials

If $1 billion in new money makes a "moonshot" against cancer, as President Barack Obama has termed a plan for using that much to fight the disease, what will $1.8 billion buy? A mission to Mars?Obama, ironically cautioning "there shouldn't be a panic on this," is asking Congress for $1.8 ...

Deterring unsafe acts by industry

Editorials

As court proceedings involving the infamous Freedom Industries chemical spill into a West Virginia river wind down, it is worth assessing whether what happened will deter other companies from similar misbehavior. Because of the public health aspects of the case, it is important other corporate ...

Basic economics key issue in election

Editorials

With the nation's first primary election of the 2016 presidential campaign coming up in New Hampshire this week, it is safe to say the college-student vote will go primarily to Democrat candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is unlikely to receive much support on Granite ...