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Opinion

We need to continue building in order to grow

Local Columns

The outdoors certainly is a vital resource for West Virginia. We Mountaineers take great pride in our state parks and the natural beauty of our state, and, in recent years especially, strides have been taken in the hopes of sharing it with more people. The tourism industry is growing in an ...

What happens when you move downstairs

Local Columns

My daily “aerobics” workout has changed quite a bit. It used to be that my co-workers and I had three flights of 28 steep steps to climb to get to the second-floor newsroom, to make our way to our desks and our newspaper environment. And, no, there’s no elevator to take. Imagine ...

Valuing education in West Virginia

Editorials

Though it may not have been their intention, West Virginia lawmakers sent a clear message to West Virginians and those looking in during this year’s legislative session: Education is not a priority — unless we’re talking about being able to control it from Charleston. As the session ...

Colonizing space

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Is the world flat, square or round? In the year 2021, scientists sending probes into space searching the universe to find a new world; a new planet to live on. Colonizing the universe. Shall it be two of every race, or shall they create a race in outer space of bigots and ...

Rights and responsibilities

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Now that America has a female vice president, isn’t it time for women to sign-up for the military draft, the same as 18-year-old males? Why do women have rights and men have responsibilities? Robert Smith Follansbee

History in the Hills: Titanic local connections

Local Columns

It’s funny how some things from childhood stay with you into adulthood. I hear often folks talk about things they were into once upon a time, usually an activity, interest or book that brought them joy as a child but doesn’t seem to resonate any longer. I think that is natural. Tastes, ...

Wild and wonderful, West Virginia

Editorials

West Virginians are sometimes numb to the wonders that surround us in this incredible state. When we seek adventure, we don’t often turn to our own backyards — we go to beaches or explore other regions. But people from across the country understand the beauty and adventure that awaits in ...

Celebrating history and investment

Editorials

Many of the area’s eyes have been on the ongoing construction of a new bridge which will span the Ohio River between Wellsburg and Brilliant. The Wellsburg Kiwanis has found a way to not only celebrate this local infrastructural investment but also preserve this time in our area’s history ...

A few thoughts on the legislative session

Local Columns

As I write this Sunday, I’m still recovering from the end of the 2021 legislative session that ended at midnight Saturday. It was truly a 60-day rollercoaster and certainly a session for the history books. I’m going to highlight several things that happened this session, so bear with me. ...

Right choice made on voting bill

Editorials

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner was correct to pull a bill which went before the Legislature during the recent session that would have changed voting rules in West Virginia. While most of the changes sought in the legislation seemed to make sense, at least two raised eyebrows and ...

We are shaped by people, experiences

Local Columns

In many ways, our lives are shaped by our experiences and the people who come into them. We have a tendency to learn, not only from books, school and other similar opportunities, but from what happens to us. You get burned on a hot surface, you learn not to touch it again. I’ve been ...

Will the condiment cops be coming after me?

Local Columns

I don’t think of myself as a “little packet condiment hog or hoarder,” but sometimes I probably am — not necessarily by choice or my own action. Sometimes I’m a victim. This accumulation/overabundance just happens, much like the weather. I did a little gasp earlier this week ...

Help give the gift of life

Editorials

Do you know someone who has received a liver, a heart or, maybe, a cornea implant? Chances are you do, as organ donations in the United States continue to grow, with at least 39,035 performed during the past year. However, thousands and thousands more await transplants — more than 100,000 ...

The good old days

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, A few years ago at a public meeting a former city official said, one thing I have learned over my career is nothing stays the same, change is always going to happen. And of course that is true. But my thought was — how much of that change is for the good? How much change over ...

Hollywood rewriting history

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Actress Kate Winslet’s new movie, “Ammonite,” is a historical biography of 19th century paleontologist Mary Anning. It features a lesbian relationship, between Anning and an associate. The movie’s producers freely acknowledge the relationship never happened, and is ...

The true spirit of service

Editorials

Karen “Sue” Simonetti, by many accounts, was well-known and well-liked throughout the Northern Panhandle and much of the state of West Virginia. Simonetti died last week at the age of 75, leaving a vacancy in Wellsburg’s government, but, more importantly, in the hearts and minds of the ...

Take it one step at a time

Editorials

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Make wise use of stimulus funds

Editorials

For the last couple of years, Weirton officials have been making plans for the expansion of the city’s utility plants, all in an effort to increase treatment capacity in anticipation of future development in the community. Plans call for the water treatment plant to go from its current 4 ...

Stop the online sale of pills

Editorials

Facebook and other social media giants have demonstrated rather handily they can control the content that appears on their platforms when they choose. It is absurd, then, for the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pretend he can do nothing about the continued use of his platform to shill ...

The future of tax reform is unwritten

Local Columns

Here we are, the final week of the 2021 legislative session. Today is day 55 and lawmakers are prepared to power through until the gavel comes down at midnight Saturday, April 10. I feel somewhat redundant here, but once again all eyes are on House Bill 3300, the current vehicle being used to ...