Opinion

Taking a whiff of political potpouri

Local Columns

Are you tired of hearing about the governor’s race? Me too, but I’ll have some tidbits in this column if you keep reading. Instead, I thought I’d try to handicap the races from Board of Public Works. The Board of Public Works includes the governor, the secretary of state, the attorney ...

Release more data on pill shipments

Editorials

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Doing what you can, to infinity and beyond

Local Columns

You do what you can do. If my week had a theme to it, that was probably it. I was commissioned to make Rice Krispies treats/a.k.a marshmallow treats as the dessert for one night of our church’s Vacation Bible School program this past week. The theme was “Farm Fresh Faith” so our ...

Take steps to beat the heat

Editorials

The Tri-State Area has been experiencing the hottest temperatures of the summer during the past few 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 exhaustion. As ...

Never stop finding ways to share the gospel

Local Columns

Let nothing stand in our way, share the gospel faithfully. 27) Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28) Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the ...

One small step…

Editorials

No matter what you are doing or where you are today, we hope you’ll take a moment at a couple of different times to pause and reflect on the world around us. One of those instances will come at 4:17 p.m. That will be the exact time we reached the surface of the moon 50 years ago, an event ...

Business community helping each other

Editorials

When it was announced in June that Koppers would be closing its Follansbee facility, and putting close to 50 local residents out of work, the response was quick. JSW Steel contacted Brooke County officials, offering the possibility of hiring some of the workers. From there, other businesses ...

Country music to fill the hills, once again

Editorials

It’s the third week in July, and that means the hills of Eastern Ohio once again will come to life with the sights and sounds of country music. And, while the name, location and scale of this year’s regional outdoor festival will all be new, fans will have the chance to relax while ...

Paine correct in rejecting pay increase

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they were not using their heads. Fortunately, Paine recognized that and said he will not take the $4,170 salary boost board members ...

Is Manchin’s revenge on Justice coming?

Local Columns

I’ve written a lot about the drama of the state and county Republican Executive Committees, but I’ve been asked about the status of the state Democratic Party. In my life — despite what some other political writers seem to think — I have worked for both Republicans and Democrats. My ...

Katherine Johnson, an inspiration to all

Editorials

Katherine Johnson has been honored by the agency that depended on her and others like her to make some of its biggest strides. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has renamed its Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont to honor Johnson, who was so well-trusted ...

Making some good use of waiting spells

Local Columns

Waiting forces you to do a lot of things. To exercise your patience muscle, which can be painful, especially if it’s atrophied or out of shape. To be constructive and productive with your time. To re-evaluate your life. To expand your horizons. I was thinking about all this when I ...

A reminder of some of our local traditions

Local Columns

This last week, we were reminded of just a few of the many ties that bind our communities together. Whether it be Weirton, New Cumberland, Follansbee, Steubenville, Burgettstown, Wheeling or some of the towns in between, there are certain things in which we take pride. These include some of ...

Keeping the momentum going

Editorials

Efforts are moving forward in what promises to be Weirton’s newest commercial, and possibly residential, development. In recent years, much has been said about plans for the proposed project along Park Drive in the Three Springs Business Park. The 72-acre site has sat vacant for years, but ...

Issues not being addressed

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s happened. Headlines in all the local papers. Church in crisis. So, let me add my humble comments. Big question asked by many. How did Bransfield get away with it? Lay Catholic Voices for Change asked for two new rules demanded by Archbishop Lori’s investigation. ...

Figuring out the art of ‘asking’

Local Columns

Jesus asked more questions than He answered. In fact, “Jesus asked 307 questions. He was asked 183 of which He only answered three. Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings. In fact, for every question he answered directly, he asked, literally, one hundred.” When we ...

Theocrats and hypocrisy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m way past having been done with these hypocritical evangelicals and religious nitwits attempting to force their indoctrination onto people of other beliefs and scientific disciplines. They try to claim some sort of moral high ground by invoking their belief structure onto ...

Epstein belongs behind bars

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Keeping the tradition going

Editorials

The Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic is taking place Saturday, bringing with it a local tradition that can be traced to generations of Weirton area steelworkers. In its 73rd year, the picnic, to be held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., once again will draw current and ...

Celebrating community

Editorials

One of the most-anticipated events in our region will get under way Friday when the annual community days celebration opens in Follansbee. Celebrating its 26th year, Follansbee Community Days will feature a wide range of entertainment, food and games which are certain to ensure plenty of fun ...