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Opinion

Listen to the people when deciding road project

Editorials

Too often, West Virginia Division of Highways officials considering road improvements have to settle for projects that are less than ideal, because funding is limited. That is not the case regarding planned improvements to state Route 2 in New Cumberland. For decades, motorists negotiating ...

Few options left for Weirton pool

Editorials

For generations, the Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool was a focal point of local recreation, providing a place of daily activity, communion and community over almost eight decades of public use. It has been several years since the pool was closed by the Weirton Board of Parks and ...

Focusing on the campaign filings and drama

Local Columns

While the second week of the 2020 legislative session was going on upstairs on the second floor of the State Capitol Building in Charleston, on the first floor candidates were lining up to get on the May 12 primary ballot and the Nov. 3 general election ballot. According to the West Virginia ...

Stop bleeding through PEIA

Editorials

Ted Cheatham, who is executive director of West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency, knows the route to the state Capitol well. He has traveled it many times, often with hat in hand. It will not be long before he repeats the performance, Cheatham informed members of the House of ...

Eating my way through Christmas goodies

Local Columns

By the time you’re reading this column today, hopefully all of my Christmas cookies and goodies will be digestive history. Honestly, December and January are sugar-charged commitments to the nth degree. Our kitchen island has been a hub for cookies and candy and all things sweet, a pile ...

The journey is just as important

Local Columns

Setting goals can help us in a variety of ways. Whether it is reading a book, completing school, cleaning and organizing your bedroom, or completing some grand adventure, we create a process to follow in order to reach that milestone. It provides a sense of accomplishment, and then we come up ...

Challenges remain for Eastern Gateway

Editorials

The board of trustees at Eastern Gateway Community College took a good first step toward clarifying some of the issues surrounding the school Wednesday when it unanimously voted to terminate the contract of Jimmie Bruce. The decision to end Bruce’s four-and-a-half-year tenure as president ...

Transparency needed in county

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, In July 2016, the Hancock County Commission refused to renew their animal shelter operation contract with the nonprofit who had operated the county shelter for over twenty years. Then, they immediately requested a legal opinion from the W.Va. Attorney General’s Office ...

Why I believe the Bible is the word of God

Local Columns

Billy Graham writes: “The Bible was written by 40 writers, over a period of 1,600 years, in 66 books. And the great theme from one end of the Bible to the other is redemption.” In the fourth chapter of Hebrews, verse 12, it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper ...

Speak out on our internet needs

Editorials

For the last several years, politicians, businesses and everyday citizens have decried the lack of reliable internet access in portions of our area, and much of West Virginia. In a day when digital technology is necessary for many of us, not having a hig-speed internet connection can be ...

Expanding voting opportunities

Editorials

Good for state senators for acting quickly on a bill that fills a need for a substantial number of West Virginians. It is SB 94, which passed the Senate by a vote of 33-0 (with one senator absent). SB 94 provides that disabled Mountain State residents who are registered to vote can cast ...

The state’s high court is trimming costs

Editorials

Mention $32,000 couches, and the five members of the West Virginia Supreme Court are likely to wince. Good. Irresponsible spending — by, it should be noted, some of their predecessors, not them — was allowed for too long on the state’s highest court. But the current justices have been ...

Increase senior service funding

Editorials

Many senior citizens in West Virginia rely on various organizations, many of them dependent themselves on state funding, for important services. They range from hot meals to help with household tasks and even medical care. Organizations and quasi-government agencies providing the help often ...

Spending curbs vital in West Virginia

Editorials

State officials point to “natural growth” in government revenue as the way they expect to have enough money to phase out a $100 million-a-year tax that hampers economic development. That is not an unrealistic expectation; during the past decade, general revenue fund collections have ...

Week one at the West Virginia Legislature

Local Columns

Last week was the first week of the 2020 legislative session. Really, it was just three days, but I’m counting Monday and Tuesday since January legislative interim meetings started then. While it remains to be seen how the next 55 days of the 60-day session will go, this week was a bit ...

West Virginia checking off another ‘box’

Editorials

There is no magic wand we West Virginians can wave to create a line of companies waiting to bring jobs here. Economic development is complex, with many moving pieces. But little by little during the past few years, state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice have been making our state more ...

Five things you can still find in my house

Local Columns

I saw a post on Facebook about five things people don’t keep in their homes anymore. A roll of the drum here, ladies and gentlemen… and those would be DVDs, CDs, file cabinets, takeout menus and wall calendars. What??!! Lies, lies and more lies, was my initial reaction because all ...

Election season is about to kick off

Local Columns

As I touched on last week, the election season is upon us. We’ve heard of a few local individuals interested in seeking office, including in the Legislature and on the county levels. There also, of course, is a group of candidates with their eyes on becoming the state’s next ...

We would have to respond to hostilities

Editorials

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do last week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

A bad game of chess

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, President Donald Trump is playing a bad game of chess on the world stage. With his leadership and the backing of some conservative pundits on the Fox News Channel and some Republican senators, he is backing America to the edge of being recognized as the bad guys on the ...