Opinion

Infrastructure plan should be pursued

Editorials

Last month, Democrat congressional leaders left a meeting with President Donald Trump proclaiming they had a deal to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure improvement program. Following the meeting, however, there was … nothing. Much the same thing happened last year. Some lawmakers in both ...

Saying farewell to some great entertainers

Local Columns

My mother had a “Doris Day’s Greatest Hits” album that got a fair amount of play time in the Hout House living room when I was growing up. This is when classical music wasn’t playing, mind you, or soundtracks from “Camelot” or “West Side Story” or “Oklahoma” weren’t ...

A little bit of advice for the next step in life

Local Columns

Graduation “season” is well under way here in the Ohio Valley. Our local colleges and universities have been holding commencement services over the last couple of weekends, and our high schools are beginning to take their turns, ushering their seniors into the next phases of their ...

Three who offered us different perspectives

Editorials

They made us laugh, they made us think and they were a part of changes in our society. That’s how we’ll remember the three stars — Peggy Lipton, Doris Day and Tim Conway — who have left us in the last week or so. Lipton, who died May 11 at the age of 72, will long be remembered for ...

Focus on the other issue

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, As you know, the special session is upon us concerning West Virginia education, ie. charter schools, teacher salaries and etc. I recently attended the Wheeling Park symposium and came away with the following impressions; 1.) teacher union leaders pretty much reside in a ...

Should our relationship with God be personal or private?

Local Columns

Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is personal, but it is not meant to be private. There are aspects of our relationship with our Lord and Savior that are to be closed, however, we shouldn’t use those moments as excuses to deny our relationship. In many ways our covenant ...

No need for a new war

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, To please the president, or is it the president pleasing his National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to engage America into a war with Iran? It’s very traumatic to experience the death of a loved one, but even in war the trauma of killing and ...

Take care under the sun

Editorials

The roller coaster ride of temperatures the Tri-State Area experiences during late spring appears to be ending, and hotter days are right around the corner. With the return of the late spring sun, it is time for everyone to think about the dangers of skin cancer, especially as we near the end ...

Keep a wary eye on investments

Editorials

Some West Virginians may not think about it much, but hundreds of thousands of us “play” the stock market indirectly. Billions of dollars in our retirement funds are invested in shares of companies whose stocks are traded on the various exchanges. That makes the tariff battle between the ...

Recognizing the importance of reading

Editorials

If a neighbor can make successful use of a great idea, it would be foolish to pass it up. And its good that new Brooke County school Superintendent Jeffrey Crook sees it that way. Crook, formerly at the helm of Marshall County schools, has served as Brooke County’s interim superintendent ...

Rating addiction treatment plans

Editorials

Here in West Virginia, finding any addiction treatment program nearby and at an affordable price is a challenge. But once those in need of addiction treatment for themselves or loved ones locate providers, the question of quality comes up. How effective are various treatment systems and ...

A problem in need of correcting

Editorials

In the comedy of errors that is Charleston bureaucracy, not much surprises these days. But a legislative audit released recently should raise some eyebrows. It seems not only does the state have a difficult time keeping track of the number of vehicles it owns, it also finds it impossible to ...

Developing those in-demand jobs

Editorials

Employers in the area know it is difficult to find employees. It is even harder to find skilled workers. A roundtable discussion held Tuesday at Eastern Gateway Community College featured school superintendents, representatives of EGCC and Franciscan University of Steubenville, a cross ...

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Buffet Day

Local Columns

There’s a buffet with my name on it today, and I plan to dive into it, given it’s Mother’s Day, a holiday where I’m entitled to abandon the stove, liberating myself from such an unforgiving kitchen appliance. I have no grand delusions of myself when it comes to being a mother, but the ...

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer

Local Columns

It was a busy day in Weirton Saturday. The temperatures have warmed up, for the most part, and there are more outdoor activities scheduled. That also means community festivals, concerts and other events are just around the corner. MedExpress held its annual Kidz Day event at Marland Heights ...

Remember what makes mothers special

Editorials

Mothers may be much different in their public life than they were 105 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May 1914 as a day to honor mothers. Moms then were, by and large, homemakers, what we’d call a “stay-at-home mom” nowadays. They cooked and ...

We can prevent underage drinking

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In 2017, over 7.4 million people ages 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. The consequences of underage drinking can be calamitous, contributing to the untimely, alcohol-related deaths of people under age 21 from homicides, suicides, car crashes, and drowning. ...

Christianity is not as dead as some may think

Local Columns

There are some who would say that Christianity is dead in America. However, all one has to do is visit a local New Testament Church, hopefully your church, to see that Christianity is alive and well in America. Cultural Christianity, on the other hand, may be on life support. The culture of ...

It’s time for us to wake up

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I am a Democrat, but totally disgusted with my party. Here are some reasons why: We totally got beat in the presidential race. President Donald Trump won the race — period. The only thing that man is doing is to fill his promises that he won the election on. But our great ...

Buttigieg has earned respect

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Physiognomy is the art of judging character from facial features. Everyone does it. Most of the time the gears remain in neutral, but oft-times when encountering a stranger, we size him up. Can I trust this person? Is his nose too long and his chin too weak? How about those ...