Enforcement needed to reduce fentanyl overdoses

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Last year, drug overdose deaths increased to almost 100,000 Americans, and West Virginia was not spared. One reason for the alarming surge is the growth of deadly fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Deaths from fentanyl overdose increased 87 percent ...

Olczyk to provide inspirational story


There are many words residents from all points of the Tri-State Area have used to describe the Herald-Star Speaker Series Presented by Eastern Gateway Community College. Some say the presentations are thought-provoking. Others find them to be an enjoyable evening. Still others say they have ...

A political house divided over COVID

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I feel bad for Senate President Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw. I can only guess at how Hanshaw is feeling right now, but I can attest that Blair is tired right now as he tries to keep the Senate Republican Caucus together over the issue of COVID-19. I saw Blair a few hours after ...

COVID, hurricanes hampering recovery


Crack are beginning to show in the economic recovery we hoped was under way after encouraging signs this spring and summer. The double whammy of individuals’ failure to do what is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and natural disasters such as Hurricane Ida, means ...

The ‘free’ stuff is hardly ever really cheap

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“Free” things are seldom really free. And they’re usually not even all that cheap either, I am reminded on occasion. Now not that I’ve been offered one or have added to my equine lawn ornaments Tucker and Thunder, but let’s just suppose for the sake of argument that you’re asked ...

Some unsolicited advice for city officials

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Monday night, Mayor Harold Miller and members of Weirton Council opted to choose from amongst their own ranks for the next city manager with the selection of Mike Adams, the current Ward 2 representative on council. The vote was 6-0, with Adams recusing himself from the room during the ...