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Opinion

Making college more affordable

Editorials

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee actually was being a bit modest when he spoke of affordability during his State of the University speech last week. “Only six out of 50 flagship (state) universities are affordable for most students, according to a recent Institute for Higher ...

A screening where everything came out fine

Local Columns

By their nature, colonoscopies can’t help but inspire and invite punny jokes. I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of this, so to speak, but more recently the latter. One well-meaning, ever encouraging friend of mine hugged me two days before I was to have the procedure. Realizing ...

Fortunate to have our history preservers

Local Columns

Most of you who know me, or have read very many of my column, know I’m appreciative of those who work to preserve our local history and culture. I’ve often talked about how wonderful it is that we have museums, art galleries, public displays and more to showcase what has made our area ...

Stop dangerous behavior, hazing

Editorials

Some parents view sending sons and daughters off to college as a milestone for youngsters developing into mature adults. Many still have a long way to go, as they demonstrate by dangerous, sometimes vicious behavior. Last week, officials at Marshall University in Huntington ordered all ...

Some legacy

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Germany left a legacy, Auschwitz and the symbolic Anne Frank. There was a Cambodian in Pol Pot’s tyranny. Surely a Rwandan Sih When Hutus massacred Tutsis. A Gabrielle Maria in Bosnia, Kosovo’s Christian Stefan and surely an Iris Cheng in the rape of ...

The willingness to fight for and defend our freedom

Local Columns

(Scriptures for today but first prayer.) (Galations 5: 1) For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 1) According to the the Founding Fathers, tyranny shall not prevail and it is our duty to “root it out” wherever it rears ...

There are honest people

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to thank the person who turned my coin purse in at Taco Bell last week. I can’t thank you enough. There aren’t too many people around anymore who are honest. May God bless you. You will be rewarded someday. Florence Donley Weirton

History in the Hills: The skulls of Steubenville

Local Columns

The Ohio River was vitally important to our ancestors here in the valley. For thousands of years, people have lived right here on this land, and the river and hills serve as an ever-present backdrop that is just as familiar to us in 2019 as it was to our ancient ancestors. On this ancient ...

Working to keep our region strong

Editorials

It was fitting that members of the Jefferson County and Follansbee chambers of commerce gathered earlier this week for their respective annual dinners. Both events were held Wednesday, which was National Chamber of Commerce Day. Celebrated each year on the third Wednesday in October, it’s a ...

A strategy for charter school regulations

Editorials

Members of the West Virginia Board of Education and state school Superintendent Steven Paine are in a no-win situation — at least in pleasing education “stakeholders.” So what? That is not their job. Their responsibility is to do their best to ensure that children get good educations, ...

Court oversight remains a concern

Editorials

Last week’s decision by U.S. Supreme Court justices not to intervene in a squabble between the legislative and judicial branches of government in West Virginia puts the matter to rest — for now. While there is no reason to believe the issue will come up again anytime soon, it could in the ...

McKinley right on Border Patrol

Editorials

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., represents residents of our region in multiple ways. One is serving as our eyes and ears in regard to national and international issues. Illegal immigration is one of them. What McKinley found when he visited the U.S.-Mexico border recently is that U.S. ...

Welcome firefighters

Editorials

We rely on the skills and training of our firefighters to protect us, our families and our homes in the event of structure fires, vehicle crashes and even medical emergencies. It is a dangerous job, and requires them to be on the top of their game and to undergo years of training. Over the ...

Can’t we all just get along?

Local Columns

I’m going to take a break from the political races and talk about an issue that concerns me greatly: the division in our country. Nationally, an example of this divide can be found in the response to daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a ...

Remember the spirit of discovery

Editorials

Christopher Columbus is under assault, 527 years after his discovery of the lands of the Western Hemisphere was made. It’s no longer acceptable in a politically correct world to offer a holiday to a man who was, in the eyes of some, little more than a money-grubbing, disease-carrying pirate ...

Now if you were me, where would you leave that?

Local Columns

Now if I were Janice, where would I have put a book of stamps with frogs on them? The book of stamps I just saw, honestly. They were right here, and now they’re gone. Poof. Another successful unsupervised disappearing act in the Kiaski household. I try to talk logic to myself whenever I ...

Dog park will add to our quality of life

Local Columns

The care of area animals is important to many of our residents. Many of us, at one time or another in our lives, has had a pet of some sort. Whether it has been a dog or a cat, or perhaps something more exotic, care of animals is important to those willing to open their hearts. Some ...

Think pink, raise awareness

Editorials

It’s October, a time when the color pink is prevalent in our communities, making us aware it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the statistics still hold true, as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to medical experts. But did you know that ...

What do we do with the offer of forgiveness?

Local Columns

In Numbers 11, we hear about the Israelites grumbling and complaining. Frequently, when I run into church people who constantly complain, they say; that’s just the way I am. Many people also say this about other behaviors. It does not just apply to complaining. People who have frequent ...

Weirton must find a way to save parks

Editorials

No one likes having to spend money on repairs, whether they are on a car transmission or a home HVAC system. All of us prefer using our money for nice, new things. Sometimes we have no choice. That appears to be the situation facing Weirton residents. During a sparsely attended meeting last ...