Opinion

A rocky road runs through West Virginia

Local Columns

If there is one thing most governors of West Virginia know, the best way to get inside the hearts of people is to make sure their roads are maintained. Govs. Cecil Underwood and Arch Moore knew this. Apparently, Gov. Jim Justice is just now getting the message. Justice is right to feel ...

Needing some time to get ‘stuff’ done

Local Columns

Everybody needs a day to do stuff — no argument from me. Sometimes there’s just no other way to take care of business that needs taken care of, so a “personal day” is in order. I took one of those earlier this week, Tuesday to be specific, because sometimes I reach the point where I ...

Take time to learn about your candidates

Local Columns

The Weirton municipal primary is coming up fast, and I acknowledge I haven’t been able to provide as much coverage as I would have liked. Early voting begins this Wednesday for those interested in casting your ballots before the April 2 primary. It will be held in Room 212, located on the ...

Local schools to take the stage

Editorials

Auditoriums in our area’s schools will be filled during the coming weeks, as the region’s high school and middle schools are presenting their annual spring productions. The presentations offering a great opportunity for relatives, friends and even area residents to support our local ...

Writer captured spirit of mill

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, This is a thank-you to Linda Harris for a job well done in writing a fitting, informative and emotionally felt tribute to the imploded BOP, the heart of the long-gone Weirton Steel mill. I was so glad to see this story as it provided important historical points as well as ...

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

Local Columns

Nathanael asked the question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?,” when he was approached by Phillip (John 1:46). Phillip’s response to him was, “Come and see.” Our mentality in life is affected by our perspective and our perspective is influenced by what we see. We must guard ...

How will the five be funded?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, The date was November 12, 2002. The City of Weirton mayor and council dissolves the volunteer fire departments in Weirton. Gone. Over 50 well trained active firefighters, paramedics, first responders, river rescue, divers and hazmat crews. Gone were the million dollars in fire ...

Working together in Christ

Local Columns

Madonna High School has been educating young men and women of Weirton and surrounding communities since 1955. Recently, Madonna partnered with the two Catholic elementary schools in Weirton, St. Joseph the Worker School and St. Paul School to market themselves as the “Catholic Schools of ...

Parent supports Woodward

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, I have seen some of the things said about Mr Woodward. What sticks out to me most is that a lot of the things I am hearing are coming from people who have issues with how he runs his ship. One of the complaints is by the husband of a woman who was running for the board. Another ...

Lots to look forward to

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, Rejoice — despite the cynicism and the despair of a long-suffering public, relief is visible on the horizon. No longer will any citizen be neglected by a loving, all-embracing government, for politicos in D.C. have at last promised us Utopia. I speak of course of the Green ...

Countering claims with facts

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor, On March 3, Mr. Zielinsky stated that Council voted to double the salary for me that was being paid to the prior City Manager which would mean I was going to be paid $150k per year plus my health insurance premiums! Did you make that FACT up Mr. Zielinsky? Let me help you with ...

Celebrate our history and culture

Editorials

Residents of the Tri-State Area always have been proud of our ethnic heritage. We love to celebrate our traditions, food and music in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches and through countless other events and gatherings. There will be a chance to take a trip around the world and ...

Punish those who put children at risk

Editorials

Scofflaw motorists who pass stopped school buses deserve severe punishment. West Virginia legislators want stiffer penalties for the offense. If Gov. Jim Justice signs SB 238, approved by lawmakers during their regular session, fines for passing stopped school buses with their warning lights ...

Reveal details on Bransfield

Editorials

Until the Vatican clears the release of a report on accusations against former Roman Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield, his misdeeds will remain a matter of speculation. Clearly, allegations regarding him are more extensive than was understood by many last September, when he resigned his ...

A look back at the legislative session

Local Columns

The 2019 regular legislative session was by far one of the wildest I’ve ever seen, but even with all the drama this year these 134 lawmakers were still able to get a lot done. On the House of Delegates side, other than the controversies over the anti-LGBTQ remarks by Del. Eric Porterfield ...

Curb Medicaid fraud in West Virginia

Editorials

For years, West Virginia has not done as good a job as many other states in cracking down on Medicaid fraud. It is long past time we changed that. Medicaid is the single largest program in state government, in terms of cost. About 550,000 West Virginians rely on it for health insurance. ...

Education is key to any school bill

Editorials

Gov. Jim Justice is right to want to keep promises he and some key legislators made to West Virginia public employees last fall. He is also correct in thinking that boosting the pay of public school employees is only half the battle in improving education in our state. Justice has issued a ...

Applause for all those fundraiser meals

Local Columns

One of the really great things about being the community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times is getting regular information about a variety of fundraiser dinners that we have going on in our area. I get all kinds of notices in all kinds of ways — from faxes to Facebook, ...

Closing one door and opening another

Local Columns

Standing on that hillside, looking down into the valley Saturday morning, we all knew it would be a moment in Weirton’s history. The sounds of the air horns helped to count down the minutes as we awaited the sight of what was undoubtedly one of Weirton’s largest-ever buildings come ...

Shining the light on government

Editorials

Today marks the start of the annual Sunshine Week. It’s about openness in government, not just about press relations, though it’s often the institutionalized journalist who’s on the front lines of records requests and preventing illegal closed-door meetings of public bodies. Sunshine ...