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Opinion

Where was the oversight?

Editorials

Among the many troubling questions that have been raised about the Diocese of Steubenville in the past week there is one that is very simple, yet extremely complex: Where was the oversight? Catholics in the diocese, which covers 13 counties in Southeastern Ohio, are left wondering that ...

Babysitting ‘grandcats’ a ‘purr-fect’ time

Local Columns

Babysitting animals — i.e. “grandcats” — requires special instructions, just as if you were entrusted to watch little humans. Give them this much dry food, and that much wet food, and not the same flavors for every feeding. Mix it up a bit. Remember litter box detail. Very ...

There is no one-size-fits-all solution

Local Columns

The beginning of the 2020-21 school year has become a major topic of conversation in the last few weeks. The last few months haven’t been easy for many, including our youth and their teachers, as the pandemic forced school districts across the country to close down their buildings and finding ...

McKinley query is illuminating

Editorials

Political realities, not science, too frequently guide government’s response to challenges such as the COVID-19 epidemic. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., is playing a key role in reminding us of that. McKinley’s effort was spotlighted in a commentary on the epidemic, published July 1 by ...

What are we sacrificing?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing this letter as a spectator predicting the future. There isn’t a single word, or many words, that can explain or solve what is happening in America or the world. The COVID-19 spread to every nation in a matter of days. COVID-19 should be a wake-up call for what ...

Annual picnic another victim of pandemic

Local Columns

You can add the name of Ron Baker to the list of people who have to sit back and watch as events that have long been a staple of life in the Tri-State Area have been canceled. Baker is the president of the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club, and he and the organization’s members had been looking ...

Pittsburgh influence?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Does this appear in the Pittsburgh media? “This” being the national piece on one of the most disorganized cities in the country. I know this is a one-party town so why not elect competent Democrat leaders? From the disastrous economic policy of the civic arena decision ...

History in the Hills: The Hub, gone but not forgotten

Local Columns

As we all know, this area has changed through the years. As someone who grew up at the very end of a very prosperous time in our valley’s history, I was reminded growing up of what once was, what was here and what we have lost. Not all of it, though, is based on local industry, although ...

Take care of your properties

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is about people who don’t take care of their property. If you can’t take care of it, you shouldn’t have it. It’s a shame neighbors have to endure your ability to not keep up your property, and they surely know their property needs taken care of. And there are ...

Search: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Local Columns

By PASTOR DAVE PARKER New Life Church The world today has filled our heads with so much information, we have technology at our fingertips and many opinions are polarizing our nation. It seems like things in life are speeding up so fast that we can’t even catch our breath. We have ...

Stage comeback against disease

Editorials

Underdogs seem to hold a special place in the hearts of many West Virginians. We love it when, against the odds, they stage comebacks to prevail against powerful foes. But there is one comeback we didn’t want to witness — COVID-19. The disease seems to be roaring back after a period of ...

Show support for Christian Center

Editorials

Weirton area residents, once again, have an opportunity to lend a hand to a local institution. Saturday will see the return of what has become an annual event with a Stuff the Bus and bowl-a-thon held to benefit the Weirton Christian Center. Originally planned for earlier this year, the ...

Take precautions while in the heat

Editorials

The Tri-State Area has been experiencing the hottest temperatures of the summer during the last several days, with heat indexes expected to climb to about 105 degrees. The combination of high temperatures and humidity make for dangerous conditions, including heat stroke and heat ...

Take some time to read to kids

Editorials

Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer. They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of ...

Correct flawed broadband data

Editorials

Working and learning from home this spring made many Americans familiar with the online world. All too many lacked the experience, however, because they do not have access to high-speed broadband service. That is especially a concern in areas such as ours, which are largely rural. Some school ...

Buying early can lead to second guessing

Local Columns

I bought two gifts a month or more in advance for a friend’s birthday, and I admit, I was feeling pretty confident about my efficiency. Truth be told, I was feeling a little smug, too, high-fiving myself and giving myself a pat or two on the back for a job well done. I was president of ...

Learning about leadership

Local Columns

Leaders will always be needed. The difficult situation will be finding the ones with the right skills for what we need. For more than two decades, the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce has organized a couple of programs with that goal in mind. Leadership Ohio Valley and Youth Leadership ...

The spirit of our nation remains alive and well

Editorials

We cannot describe the spirit of freedom any better than those who created the document which led the nation toward the actions which we celebrate this weekend. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes ...

A nation in chaos

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, At first it was a protest over the execution of a black man by a white policeman. That horrifying scene was played over and over on American television. Have black Americans been hurt through the years; of course, there can be no denial. The “protests”, however, have now ...