Opinion

Giving veterans a second chance

Editorials

Speaking of giving veterans of military service a second chance, some of those who have run afoul of the law in our area may be getting one. Today, four members of the West Virginia Supreme Court will join local officials in announcing the establishment of a Military Service Members Treatment ...

Afflicting the conflicted in government

Local Columns

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands this week to think about several things (I’ll explain why in a moment). One of those things is the subject of conflicts of interest and our West Virginia Legislature. I know, I’m a nerd. This is an issue that pops up from time to time, usually pushed ...

Training, teamwork kept shooting from being worse

Editorials

No one can say with certainty what would have happened had Hancock County sheriff’s deputies not reacted as they did to “shots fired” calls Wednesday night. One woman was shot to death and four others were wounded by a gunman, however — so what did occur was bad enough. Had the ...

Making an exception to the no-racing edict

Local Columns

When you have a particular hobby or interest, you can quickly discover you’re not alone. Participating in races is proof of that. Ditto for going to estate auctions all the time or car shows or yard sales, for example, where you’ll find a lot of the same people all the time. The ...

Finding a new generation of leaders

Local Columns

Our communities are always on the lookout for new leaders, and we are definitely in need as we continue our march into a new future for the region. We have been turning the page in our area in recent years, and it doesn’t always help to keep going back to the same ideas which have been used ...

Drive safe as we head back to school

Editorials

Area motorists, be alert! School children are heading back to Tri-State Area classrooms, and drivers need to heighten their awareness in the coming days. As drivers, we now need to be extra vigilant in the early mornings and mid-afternoons when our children are walking to and from schools ...

It’s time to enjoy a laugh

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, When’s the last time you’ve heard a good hearty belly laugh? A genuine laugh right from the gut traveling all the way up to the top of the head? One that shakes the very core of one’s being? Not in quite a while, I’ll venture. On TV it’s the programmed laughter of a ...

Who, or what, do you identify as your god?

Local Columns

Who is your God, or maybe I should ask, what is your god? Martin Luther said that whatever we pay the most attention to is our god. If a person spends all of their time on sports, then that is their god. If a person spends all their time on drugs or sex, then that is their god. Arnold Toynbee ...

Gas and food prices still killing the economy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I think we all know that the United States is the No.1 in gas exploration and exporting, and still gas prices are as high as $2.80 a gallon. People on Social Security need a break. Gas prices should be $2 a gallon if not lower. Try living on fixed income and see what happens. ...

Ban municipal annexation without a vote

Editorials

If you live outside a municipality in West Virginia, you may have assumed the adjacent town or city could not annex your property by force. If you think that, you are wrong. Most municipal officials are responsible enough to put annexation plans to a vote of the property owners involved. They ...

There are nice people out there

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice should proclaim that Charlene Vickers is being made an honorary West Virginian. The Philadelphia-area woman has earned it by reminding us that while the news often is dominated by sick, evil human beings, we live among some truly kind-hearted neighbors. You may have heard the ...

Corridor will benefit our entire region

Editorials

When you look at a proposed 160-mile highway project, 47 miles might not seem like a lot. But when completed, that overall length of highway — roughly 30 percent of the route — could be the key to increased economic growth across our region, according to the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor ...

Congratulations Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Editorials

Seven current and former residents joined the ranks of honorees in the Weirton Hall of Fame Sunday, and we offer each of them our congratulations. For the last 11 years, the hall of fame has worked to recognize residents who have found ways to contribute to the community through the ...

Liberties a concern in debate on safety

Editorials

Two West Virginia legislators have said our state needs a “red flag” law to ban access to firearms by dangerous people. The most obvious concern with that is how “dangerous” will be defined — and who will decide if a person’s Second Amendment rights will be taken away. Mass murders ...

The quiet countdown toward the election

Local Columns

January 2020 might be when the actual candidate filings start, but I feel we’re all waiting on Sept. 2. That’s when my sources say U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is expected to announce whether he plans to run again for governor. Manchin could still decide not to, but I do feel like this is all ...

Defending our right to know

Editorials

“Transparency” has become one of the favorite buzzwords used by politicians and candidates for office. All too often, they are about as transparent as a lump of coal. We suppose West Virginians ought to be grateful that we are reminded of that frequently. Another tipoff has come in regard ...

A week of making some varied discoveries

Local Columns

There’s a scene from the movie “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet that came to mind for me this past week. It’s near the end of the movie when Rose, Winslet’s character, has been rescued, and she’s on board the Carpathia. It’s raining a bit, and she looks up ...

Remember to show respect for wildlife

Local Columns

I went on a quick trip to Morgantown last weekend in order to attend the awards dinner for the West Virginia Press Association Conference. While in the area, I decided to take a quick detour over to Coopers Rock State Forest. The almost 13,000-acre park has always been among my favorite sites ...

Protect bullied adults in West Virginia

Editorials

Had Denise Fernatt been a juvenile, police and prosecutors might have been able to do something about the people who allegedly harassed her until she jumped off the New River Gorge Bridge on Aug. 5, 2017. But bullying laws that safeguard West Virginia children do not apply to adults. Two ...

25-Year Club thanks sponsors

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is a special thank-you to all the sponsor of the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club. The picnic was held on July 13 at the Serbian Picnic grounds and was very well attended. This was the 73rd picnic, and the members look forward each year to gathering with their co-worker and ...